Emerging workloads will require considerably higher performance, and in order to solve upcoming challenges Intel has adjusted its product roadmaps quite significantly. One of the key things that Intel confirmed during its Investor Meeting event this week is shortening its Xeon introduction cadence from 18-24 months down to 12-15 months, thus accelerating its server CPU roadmap.

In the coming months Intel will launch two Xeon processors that will belong to the same platform: Cooper Lake CPUs made using Intel’s 14 nm manufacturing technology, and Ice Lake chips produced using Intel’s 10 nm node. Cooper Lake will offer high core counts and will exclusively support AVX512_BF16 (bfloat16) instructions that will benefit machine learning and near-sensor computing applications, whereas Ice Lake is set to become Intel’s first Xeon made using 10 nm process technology and based on a new microarchitecture offering higher per-core performance. At present, Intel is already sampling Cooper Lake and Ice Lake processors with customers, and claims that it is on track to ship these CPUs in volumes in the first half of next year.

Intel will launch its Ice Lake Xeon processors around four quarters after its Cascade Lake Xeon processors, a shorter than usual timeframe between Xeon releases. According to the chip giant, this will become its new introduction cadence and going forward it will release new generations of Xeon platforms every four to five quarters, down from five to seven quarters today.

Following the Ice Lake Xeon in 2020, Intel plans to release 'Sapphire Rapids' processors for servers in 2021. These chips will likely be made using Intel’s 10++ nm process technology and will rely on a new microarchitecture along with various enhancements to optimize performance in various workloads. We expect the platform to support new connectivity standards given the introduction timeframe. Meanwhile, it is too early to discuss CPU core count, platform capabilities, and other peculiarities. Following the Sapphire Rapids will come Intel’s ‘Next-Gen’ server CPU in 2022 that may be made using a variation of Intel’s 7 nm process technology, depending on how production goes.

Intel’s Xeon processors will continue to be the company’s key components for datacenters, but there will be a host of other products for other datacenter workloads, including Xe GPUs, a variety of FPGAs and others. Having acquired or developed loads of different IP in the recent years, Intel pins a lot of hopes on its diversified product portfolio that will complement next-gen Xeons.

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  • HStewart - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    One thing I am curious about Xe graphics on desktop which I believe is planned - but what about lighter version of Mobile laptops and such.. even something to compete with NVidia 1xxx on the laptop.
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    From another AT article: Intel has stated that its Xe product stack will feature two different microarchitectures from mobile client up to GPGPU
  • RU482 - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    has anyone seen or confirmed just what products will fall in the Xe swim lane? My Intel reps are being very coy and resistant to provide ANY details yet. It would be nice to know...do they intent to offer a challenger to Quadro video cards? Tesla compute cards? both? Enquiring minds want to know!
  • Ian Cutress - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    They haven't said yet. They aren't making that information available.
  • BigMamaInHouse - Friday, May 10, 2019 - link

    Damn. The slides department looks like working 24/7 in full steam!...
    IMO they are trying to stop the stock price free fall, over 20% in two weeks.
    This is what happens when you have 99% of the market-share for many years and you can charge as much as you want for your products and Bamm, 1 Day you get Real competition with 32C at third of your current price and before you Blink the competitor has 64C CPU's.
    This makes me happy since we all know that Intel's engineers could have made amazing product and development in last 10 years but the Marketing department was having all the power, now the engineers must be happy to get all the new R&D money and much more freedom and appreciation so can make Intel Great again :-).
  • peevee - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    Newsflash: today Intel announced long-awaited release of a new code name. "Specious Lake represents the last 10 years of Intel innovation" said Super Vice President of Marketing Patel Dumborajachurpan.
  • HStewart - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    Comments like this one should belong on WCCFTech.
  • HStewart - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    Just for you are sure what I am talking about is the "Specious Lake" joke.
  • HStewart - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    Just FYI, it looks like in 2021 Intel is moving out of the lake and into rapids with 'Sapphire Rapids" and in 2022 well they just call it "Next Gen"
  • outsideloop - Thursday, May 9, 2019 - link

    We are in the midst of a full-on Intel paper assault and propaganda campaign to limit losses for the remainder of the year to AMD.

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