New details have turned up about some the new Intel processor families during the Intel Developer Form in Beijing, China. Intel offered details on its Atom SoCs for the data center when it launched the processors back in December of 2012. At the time, the processors including the S1200 product family representing the world’s first 64-bit SoC for servers operating at 1.6 to 2.0 GHz.
Intel has now unveiled details on three new low-power SoCs aimed at the data center that will be coming this year. The new products are for the data center will be in the Intel Atom Processor S12x9 product family for storage. These product will share several features with the S1200 SoC family, but will be tweaked specifically to support storage devices.
The S12x9 family will feature up to 40 lanes of integrated PCI Express 2.0 or physical paths between I/O and the processor. They will support hardware RAID storage acceleration and provide NTB failover support. In the second half of 2013, the 64-bit 22 nm processor for micro servers code-named Avoton will debut featuring an integrated Ethernet controller. Also available in the second half of 2013 will be a new Atom SoC code-named Rangeley promising energy efficient mechanism for processing communications workloads aimed at the entry to mid-level routers, switches, and security appliances.
Intel is also talking up some new Xeon processors including the E3, E5, and E7 families. The E3 1200 v3 product family is based on the Haswell architecture and promises to improve performance for video analytic workloads and to support improved transcode performance. The lowest TDP processor in this family will be 13 W for 25% power savings compared to the prior generation. The E5 family will be based on the 22nm manufacturing process and available in Q3 promising improved security and more. Intel’s E7 processor family will be available in Q4 2013 supporting three times the memory capacity for up to 12 TB in eight-socket node.
The E7 will also include Intel’s Run Sure Technology to deliver greater system reliability and increased data integrity on minimizing downtime for mission-critical workloads. The chip will also feature Resilient System Technologies with standardized technology for processor, firmware, and software layers to allow the system to recover from previously fatal errors. The processor family will also support Resilient Memory Technologies to ensure data integrity and allow systems to run reliably over longer periods of time. Interestingly, the Mac Pro family uses Xeon processors and rumors have been circulating that a refresh of the Mac Pro line is inbound. That refresh makes sense with Intel having new processors on the horizon.