Intel announced two new processors: the Xeon E-2100 processor for entry-level servers, which is available now, and the Cascade Lake advanced performance, which the chipmaker expects to release in the first half of 2019.
Several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are already using the Xeon E-2100, including AsRock Rack, ASUS, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Lenovo, OVH, QCT, Supermicro, and Tyan.
Intel launched its Xeon Scalable processors in July 2017 to much fanfare and what the company called its “most ambitious” early ship program ever. It sold more than 500,000 processors to more than 30 customers including AT&T, Google, Cisco, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) nine months before the official release.
And while the new class of Intel Xeon Scalable processors — Cascade Lake — is just a preview of the product, it flew a lot more under the radar. Of course Intel said Cascade Lake boasts CPU performance gains compared to last year’s model and AMD processors. But the company wouldn’t comment on an early ship program or name any marquis customers or partners.
“Cascade Lake advanced performance is targeted at customers who demand the highest performance CPU with maximum memory bandwidth,” a spokesperson said. “The types of systems that will use Cascade Lake advanced performance would be ones that run high-performance computing or AI workloads.”
The company also wouldn’t provide specifics about the hardware mitigations built into Cascade Lake to protect against Specrte, Meltdown, and similar vulnerabilities.
A spokesperson said the hardware fixes in the next-gen chip protect against Spectre, Meltdown, and L1 Terminal Fault, “and are the first x86 data center processors released to market that have hardware-based protections for Spectre variant 2.”
The new processor announcements follow a record-breaking earnings period during which Intel’s revenue hit $19.2 billion. That was an increase of 19 percent year over year. Intel said all business groups posted record revenue.
The company’s Data Center Group had a particularly strong third quarter with revenue growing 26 percent year over year to $6.1 billion boosted by cloud and communication service provider demand. Its cloud business grew 50 percent year over year and communication service provider business grew 30 percent.