Intel announced its new Cascade Lake advanced performance and Xeon E-2100 processors on Nov. 5, providing new options for organizations to improve performance for both high-end and entry-level servers.
The Cascade Lake advanced performance silicon is a multi-chip platform that will include up to 48 cores on each CPU and will support 12 DDR4 memory channels for each socket. The Cascade Lake advanced performance chips are being targeted for deployment in 2-socket server systems.
Intel is taking direct aim at AMD's EPYC 7601 server chips with the new Cascade Lake advanced platform, claiming that it is up to 3.4 times faster on the Linpack benchmark. Intel also noted the Cascade Lake advanced platform will be up to 1.21 times faster than its currently shipping Xeon Scalable 8180 processor.
The Cascade Lake advanced platform is set for availability in the first half of 2019.
The new Xeon E-2100 is being positioned by Intel as an entry-level server CPU. The Xeon E-2100 is available in configurations of up to 6 cores and clock speeds of 4.7GHz with Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.
Each Xeon E-2100 can support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory running at 2666MHz. Intel is also boosting I/O capacity for its entry-level chip, with up to 40 lance of PCI Express 3.0 support for the Xeon E-2100. The Xeon E-2100 benefits from Intel SGX Secure Enclave technology, which provides an isolated area in the processors for protecting and securing sensitive data.
The Intel Xeon E-2100 processor for entry-level servers is generally available as of Nov. 5.
"We remain highly focused on delivering a wide range of workload-optimized solutions that best meet our customers’ system requirements. The addition of Cascade Lake advanced performance CPUs and Xeon E-2100 processors to our Intel Xeon processor lineup once again demonstrates our commitment to delivering performance-optimized solutions to a wide range of customers," Lisa Spelman, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel Xeon products and data center marketing, wrote in a statement.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.