SAN FRANCISCO: CHIPMAKER Intel has announced that it is sampling 22nm Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 and Xeon E7 chips and will brand its Centeron Atom server processor as the Atom S.
Intel launched its Sandy Bridge Xeon processors back in March, months before the firm released its 22nm Ivy Bridge consumer chips. Now Diane Bryant, corporate VP and GM of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group said the firm is already sampling its mid-range and high-end Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 and Xeon E7 processors.
Bryant said that although the firm is sampling Ivy Bridge Xeons, products won't be available until 2013, and didn't give a more specific timeframe. She also said that Haswell Xeon E3 chips will be available in 2013, but once again didn't reveal when next year they will surface.
While Bryant spent time talking about server class Xeon processors, it is clear that the so-called microserver market will grow significantly in the coming years. For that Bryant revealed that Intel will brand its Centerton Atom processor as Atom S and will launch that in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Separately, Steve Pawlowski CTO of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, revealed to The INQUIRER that the cadence for consumer Ivy Bridge Xeon processors will be similar to that of Sandy Bridge Xeons. Pawlowski's remarks suggest that Intel will have high volume dual-socket Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 parts around the middle of 2013.
Although Intel's Ivy Bridge Xeons might be 10 months away, the truth is AMD simply hasn't been able to compete with Intel's Sandy Bridge Xeons, let alone the incremental step Ivy Bridge offers. AMD will have Piledriver Opteron chips available by that time, but it might need Steamroller by the time Ivy Bridge Xeons appear to once again become competitive. µ