Intel Launches Cascade Lake Refresh Xeon CPUs With Better Performance-Per-Dollar

Ruben Fields
February 27, 2020

Intel claims the updated second-generation Xeon Scalable processor, now at a top speed of 3.9GHz, will give a 36 per cent boost in performance and a jump of 42 per cent in performance per dollar spent versus its first generation silicon (translation: the new chips will be expensive).

Given that we are more familiar with Intel Atom as a consumer-level processor family rather than an enterprise-grade product, it is an interesting development to us.

5G technology builds on that foundation, making other technology trends like artificial intelligence, IoT, and edge computing available for building next-generation services across all applications and use cases and eventually permeating throughout the application layer, Spelman said.

For high-performance workloads, Intel introduced the Intel Xeon Gold 6256, which features 12 cores with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, and the Intel Xeon Gold 6250, which features eight cores with a base clock speed of 3.9GHz.

Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group with the new Intel Atom P5900 SoC.

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Intel talked up what it sees as USPs for the new 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, such as built-in AI acceleration, DL Boost technology, and support for Optane persistent memory technology.

Intel designed the Atom P5900 SoC to capture key portions of the edge network, with the new chip being most noteworthy for its new Tremont architecture paired with the 10nm process.

According to Intel's announcement, the new chips are "design to meet critical 5G network needs, including high bandwidth and low latency to deliver what's required of 5G base stations today and in the future".

The Atom P5900 also comes with the Intel Dynamic Load Balancer that apparently able to deliver up to 3.7x more packet processing throughput as compared to software-based solutions. Intel expects to be the leading silicon provider in base stations by 2021 - a year earlier than it first predicted - and expects to power six million base stations by 2024. Ultra-low latency will be essential to delivering numerous truly revolutionary 5G applications, such as Industrial Internet of things (IIoT), powered by high frequency spectrum. For workloads that don't require the full programmability of FPGAs, Intel says that this structured ASIC can offer double the performance efficiency. Intel's structured ASIC (eASIC) lineup bridges the gap between standard ASICs and FPGAs, offering numerous benefits of a typical ASIC design paired with a faster time to market. These chips are designed for radio access networks, cloud storage appliances, embedded systems, and military applications.

The Intel Ethernet 700 series network adapters are sampling now and will enter in production in the second quarter, he said.

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