A roadmap has been published on the Internet that reveals plans for the release of Intel Xeon processors for the next two years. She partly confirms the recent words of the company’s management. Intel CEO Bob Swan said that Ice Lake Xeon (3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable) processors will begin mass production in the first quarter of 2021.
The new roadmap indicates which processors of the Intel Xeon family are in different phases of their development: shipping, in development, planned (next generation) or concept.
In the high-performance systems (HPC) market, Intel has no plans to update its Walker Pass series, known as Intel Xeon Advanced processors. Based on the roadmap data, there will be no new processors for this line until the end of 2022.
However, the chipmaker intends to launch a new series of Xeon Scalable processors (Tennesse Pass) targeted at the HPC / AI segment. These will be chips based on the Ice Lake-X architecture. In just a few months, the successor in the form of the Denali Pass (Eagle Stream) series based on the Sapphire Rapids architecture will be launched. This architecture will bring support for DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5.
The Tennessee Pass series processors are designed for use in high-performance server systems. At the same time, the Coyote Pass line, based on the Ice lake architecture, is focused on mass servers. We are talking about systems with one or two processor sockets and can include up to 32 DIMM memory slots. However, it is not specified which memory standard will be supported by these devices. In two quarters, the Coyote Pass will be replaced by the Fox Creek Pass series.