Intel have unveiled Ice Lake,the third generation of their Xeon Scalable processors. The company revealed that the new processors are intended for use in cloud providers and data centers. The new model certainly differs from previous ones, but will it be enough for Intel to overtake AMD with its Epyc processors? Intel can, however, certainly rely on its strong supply chain and in-house production capabilities to maintain its leadership position in the market.
Intel disclosed that amongst the innovations, the CPUs are engraved in 10nm for the first time,. The company also announced that 36 different models were available and that a shipment of 200,000 units has already been made to the company’s preferred customers.
Ice Lace has up to 40 cores and can manage up to 6TB of system memory. Intel’s promised performance boost can be up to 2.65 times greater, in comparison with a 5-year-old system, and claimed to deliver a 46% improvement in data center workloads on average.
Despite this enhanced performance, AMD’s Epyc processors still outperform Intel processors, which rely on unique features related to artificial intelligence and security. To this end, data and sensitive codes are protected in a special area, designed solely for this purpose. For cryptographic algorithms, Intel also provides good performance using the Intel Crypto Acceleration feature. This capability is essential for online businesses and enables customer data to be protected without affecting overall system performance or response times.
One factor which greatly favours Intel is that its internal production capacities are a major asset, particularly at the present time. The importance of Intel’s own supply chain is highlighted when contrasted with that of AMD who work in partnership with TSMC to produce its chips. However, the supply of chips has been severely disrupted over the last few months, disrupting AMD’s production and rendering Intel’s own supply chain even more crucial.
Intel thus hopes to attract companies by launching new products at a high rate of production, even in the midst of a global shortage.