The day before, Intel Corporation shared its plans for the development of the range of Xeon server processors. In the coming years, the chipmaker plans to release four new families: two with high-performance and two with energy-efficient cores. Recall that the processor giant announced its intentions to divide the Xeon CPU lineup into lines with P- and E-cores at the beginning of 2022.
Sample Intel Emerald Rapids Processor
Toward the end of this year, the release of the 5th generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, codenamed Emerald Rapids, will take place. For their release, Intel 7 technology is used, while the chipmaker has already begun to ship samples of new products to its partners. Importantly, Emerald Rapids CPUs use the same platform (Eagle Stream/LGA4677) as the current Saphire Rapids.
In the first half of 2024, the Intel Sierra Forest chip family will debut. It’s a direct competitor to AMD’s Bergamo processors, which will offer up to 128 Zen 4c cores. In the case of Sierra Forest, the maximum number of E-cores will be 144 units. The new CPUs will be manufactured using Intel 3 technology and will be part of the Birch Stream (LGA7529) server platform.
At about the same time as the Intel Sierra Forest for the Birch Stream platform, the Granite Rapids family of chips based on high-performance cores will be released. They will support DDR5-8800 RAM in MCR (Multiplexer Combined Ranks) mode, and the RAM bandwidth in a two-socket system will reach 1.5 TB / s. The release of CPU Granite Rapids will be based on Intel technology 3.
In 2025, Sierra Forest chips will be replaced by processors codenamed Clearwater Forest. They will be the first Xeon CPUs to use the Intel 18A process technology, and belong to the class of “stones” with energy-efficient cores. More details about Clearwater Forest will be revealed closer to 2025.