Intel Rolls Out First 14nm Xeon D System-on-Chip

Giant chipmaker Intel is making some noise with its latest Xeon innovation. The company rolled out its Xeon processor D product line, which is officially Intel's first Xeon processor-based system-on-a-chip (SoC). The new Xeon processor family is built on Intel's 14nm technology and combines Intel Xeon processors with SoC savings.

Intel is making a case for why the industry should adopt its new approach. That case starts with what the company calls a "rapid proliferation" of connected devices that's driving "exponential" data traffic growth. That, in turn, is increasing the demands on the data center and network infrastructure for cloud and telecom service providers. Intel is certain these customers want to efficiently scale their network infrastructures and deliver revenue-generating services.

"The growth of connected devices and demand for more digital services has created new opportunities for information and communication technology," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. "By bringing Intel Xeon processor performance to a low-power SoC, we're delivering the best of both worlds and enabling our customers to deliver exciting new services."

The Industry Is on Board

Bryant is offering some strong words, but it's certainly true that the Intel Xeon processor D product family offers a new way to address what industry watchers agree is a growing need for low-power, high density infrastructure solutions.

Here's a few quick facts about the new product line: It's the first Intel Xeon SoC; it's Intel's third generation of 64-bit SoC for microserver, storage, network and the Internet of Things (IoT); and these products deliver up to 3.4 times faster performance per node and up to 1.7 times better performance per watt when compared to the Intel Atom processor C2750, according to Intel's internal testing.

Intel reports over 50 systems currently in design with the new Xeon SoC....

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