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Intel’s Denverton has 16 next-generation CPU cores

by on03 November 2015


Arm wrestling


Intel has been talking about its plans for low-power, highly integrated system-on-a-chip designs aimed at the server market for years now, it even released Avoton which was not bad but did not really go far. Now it looks like the second generation is getting close to release.

Dubbed Denverton this version might be enough to do some damage. CPU World managed to dig up some details on Denverton and it is looking rather interesting.

Apparently it will include 16 next-generation CPU cores which is a doubling in core count from Avoton. These will be Intel's Goldmont CPU cores which mean a two-generation leap from the Silvermont CPU cores under the bonnet of Avoton.

Each pair of CPU cores will have two megabytes of level two cache this is double the consumer-oriented versions of Goldmont. Our guess is that the extra megabyte will be configured for server workloads.

The new chips support for up to 128 gigabytes of DDR4-2400 memory, up nicely from support for 64 gigabytes of slower DDR3-1600 memory in Avoton.

There will be big improvements in integrated I/O capability. Updates include support for 10Gb Ethernet (up from support for 2.5Gb Ethernet) as well as 16 lanes of PCI-Express 3.0 connectivity (Avoton featured 16 lanes of PCI-Express 2.0 connectivity).

We will see the new chips out in the second half of 2016. Atom-based server chips are a relatively low priority within Intel, but this does look like a low-cost/low-power server chip which should get some attention.

ARM-based competitors will not arrive into the same space until later in the year so Chipzilla has a head start. It is fairly likely that Intel will use the 14/16-nanometer FinFET processes which the arm rivals will not get until a year later.

Qualcomm is sampling chips now which will use finFET process, but it is a new entry in the server market and will probably not show up until well after Intel’s effort. It is also more likely that Qualcomm is not that interested in products in the Denverton range but trying to aim to give Intel’s Xeon D, with its first server processors rather than the upcoming Denverton part.

Last modified on 03 November 2015
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