Intel Reveals Processor Road Map, Strategy

intelIntel introduced its strategy for meeting changing datacenter demands for technology. The chipmaker also revealed details for its forthcoming Atom processors C2000 product-family, aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed Avoton), and network devices (codenamed Rangeley).

The second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year, and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.

Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation, says the company.

Diane Bryant (Senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, Intel):  Datacenters are entering a new era of rapid service delivery. Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required.

Intel outlined its roadmap of products based on its forthcoming 14nm process technology, scheduled for 2014 and beyond. The future products include the next generation of Intel Xeon processors E3 family (codenamed Broadwell) built for processor and graphic-centric workloads such as online gaming and media transcoding. It also includes the next generation of Intel Atom processor SoCs (codenamed Denverton) that will enable even higher density deployments for datacenter operators.

Rackspace Hosting will be deploying the new server racks, powered by Intel Xeon processors and Intel Ethernet controllers with storage accelerated by Intel Solid State Drives. The Rackspace design is the first commercial rack scale implementation, based on Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA).

Intel also disclosed an addition to its future roadmap – a new SoC designed from the ground up for the datacenter based on Intel’s next-generation Broadwell microarchitecture (that follows the Haswell microarchitecture).

[Image courtesy: Intel]

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