The news is bad for ARM because it is wanted to dominate the microserver market and this package is exactly what it does not want out there.
The Xeon D line is built on Intel’s 14nm process technology and combines the performance of Xeon chips with the size and power savings of a SoC.
Intel says the Xeon D delivers up to 3.4x faster performance node and up to 1.7x better performance per watt compared to the company’s Atom C2750, which is part of Intel’s second-generation 64-bit SoC family.
Xeon D is the third generation and it’s actually based on Intel’s 14nm Broadwell architecture.
This puts Intel in the running for those customers who want low-power, high density infrastructure products. In fact Intel says that it can deliver server class reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features in an ultra-dense, low-power device.
Cisco, HP, NEC, Quanta Cloud Technology, Sugon, and Supermicro have sworn their loyalty to the chip, before all their dark gods, and are committed to building microserves based on Intel’s new Xeon D options.
This means ARM has not got much time before actual products are out there.
Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel said that the growth of connected devices and demand for more digital services has created new opportunities for information and communication technology,” said.
“By bringing Intel Xeon processor performance to a low-power SoC, we’re delivering the best of both worlds and enabling our customers to deliver exciting new services.”
Intel’s kicking things off with two Xeon D processors, the D-1540 with 8 cores, 16 threads, 2GHz, 45W TDP and D-1520 with its 4 cores, 8 threads, 2.2GHz, 45W TDP. These have memory controllers capable of up to 128GB of addressable memory.
They also feature an integrated platform controller hub (PCH), integrated I/Os, and two integrated 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
All of this is based on Intel’s Broadwell so should give a reasonable performance per watt.