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Next Generation Of Intel Xeon Processors Fabricated Under 10nm+ and 14nm+++, To Arrive in 2020

Further details revolving around the next generation of Xeon family from Intel have surfaced. These come from the detailed slide showcased by ASUS during their IoT seminar. The new Xeon lineup will come with two process nodes depending upon the performance, core count, and prices of these processors. One of these will be the matured 14nm process, and the 2nd one (bear with me here) will be the 10nm+ processing node. It means Intel has not given up on the 10nm process. These processors are coming in 2020.

Intel Xeon 10nm+

These processors will be the real upgrade from the current generation of Xeon processors. Fabricated on the improved 10nm node, these processors will feature an IPC improvement after a long time. However, the amount of performance improvement because of smaller transistor size will not be as significant since the 14nm processor has been used very intensively. Another main highlight is the use of Sunny cove architecture, which means Intel will finally switch from the Skylake architecture core. These are expected to arrive in Q3 of 2020.

Wccftech reports that these processors will be the first from Intel to support the new PCIe Gen 4 interface. Additionally, these also come with native support of 8-channel DDR4 memory clocked at 3200 MHz. Lastly, the expected performance improvement is pegged at 18%. These processors will feature a maximum of 38 cores & 76 threads.

Slide from ASUS presentation via Wccftech

Intel Xeon 14nm+++

The 14nm counterparts will also coexist with an early release date. The Cooper Lake family will have its advantages over the Sunny cove family. These include a maximum of 48 cores and 96 threads on the flagship processor and raw clock speeds due to the use of 14nm architecture. This is the reason why the 10nm process node from Intel does not look like a big upgrade.

We are also expecting a 56-core processor in the latter half too. These processors will be the part of the Xeon-AP line of chips, which feature two dies on a single processor, much like what AMD does with the Threadripper processors. Apart from high core count, these processors are also rumored to feature higher memory bandwidth, higher AI inference & training performance. These are compelling traits, but we have already seen that the 2nd gen Threadrippers are already very efficient in these tasks with higher core counts.

Lastly, with the new processor, Intel will release a new chipset called LGA 4189 socket. It will support both the Cooper lake and Sunny core family so users would not have to buy different motherboards for these processors.


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