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Intel unveils new-generation Xeon E5 v3 chips with up to 18 cores

Intel Corp. on Monday rolled-out its new Xeon E5 2600/1600 v3 server processors based on the code-named “Haswell” micro-architecture. The latest server central processing units feature up to 18 cores per chip and quad-channel DDR4 memory controllers, whereas the new C612 platform code-named “Grantley” features a number of innovations that will be available on the market of 2-way servers for the first time.

Intel’s new server platform is not only powered by all-new processors that deliver up to three times higher performance than predecessors (in select cases), but a number of extended ingredients designed to improve security (with the help of QuickAssist server adapter, which provides hardware-based crypto acceleration and compression), speed up network speeds ( thanks to Intel Ethernet XL710 40GbE adapter with network virtualization), reduce power consumption while boosting performance (thanks to DDR4 memory and Intel P3700-series solid-state drives) and improve other server metrics, such as resilience and optimized total cost of ownership. The new processors and platforms will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure to power a broad set of workloads such as data analytics, high-performance computing, telecommunications and cloud-based services, as well as back-end processing for the Internet of Things.

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“The digital services economy imposes new requirements on the data center, requirements for automated, dynamic and scalable service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “Our new Intel processors deliver unmatched performance, energy efficiency and security, as well as provide visibility into the hardware resources required to enable software defined infrastructure. By enabling the re-architecture of the data center, Intel is helping companies fully exploit the benefits of cloud-based services.”

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Intel’s new Xeon E5 2600/1600 v3 processors feature 4-18 cores (with or without the Hyper-Threading technology), up to 45MB of L3 cache and 55W – 160W thermal design power. The new chips feature Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) extensions that double the width of vector integer instructions to 256 bits per clock cycle for integer sensitive workloads and delivers up to 1.9 times higher performance gains. The new chips also feature Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) technology that accelerates data encryption and decryption by up to times without sacrificing application response times.

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family will be offered with 26 different parts that range in price from $213 to $2702 in quantities of 1000. Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 v3 workstations will be offered with six different parts in prices ranging from $295 to $1723.

Intel’s partners are ready to start shipments of 65 servers based on the new Xeon E5 v3 processors, in the coming months over 77 new systems will become available. In general, there are 250 machines powered by the latest Xeon E5 v3 chips in development.

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KitGuru Says: The new Xeon processors bring more innovations than a lot of previous-generation server chips combined. Intel did not only increase core count, but also added new instructions as well as platform-related innovations. As a result, it is not surprising that so many partners of the company develop so many server designs based on the new chips. 

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