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Intel Xeon E-2100 and Cascade Lake Advanced Performance CPUs Announced

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Intel has today launched the new Xeon E-2100 processor that offers an enhanced security to entry-level workstations and servers. Intel has also announced the Cascade Lake Advanced Performance CPUs by teasing some details about it, it is intended for high-performance computing.

Xeon E-2100

Just right after the launch of Xeon E-2100 processor, it is now available for shipping today.  Xeon E-2100 is a single socket chip mainly intended for small servers, and it offers up to 6 cores and 12 threads per chip. It has a configuration with up to 6 cores and 12 threads with a clock speed reaching 4.7GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0. This processor is a Xeon-branded version of the mainstream Core processors, and it supports ECC memory, and use a server variant of the chipset.

Xeon E-2100 is focused on productivity and security as it has a support for Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX). This supported feature allows a full encryption of data in memory and during transfers across busses to prevent any outside tracking by malicious software. So this feature promises a higher security compared to its predecessors.

The company is claiming the new Xeon E-2100 is 50% faster compared to Xeon CPUs, and a 39% increase compared to previous generation designs. Another of its feature that might out-power the previous models is its support for 128GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory, up from 64GB.  To enable the support for additional memory, UEFI updates in Q1 2019 will be required.

Cascade Lake Advanced Performance CPU

Intel has also announced the “Cascade Lake Advanced Performance” CPU, the company claims that it has a higher level of performance compared to the Xeon Scalable Processors (SP).  So what is the difference between these two?  The current Xeon SP chips use a monolithic die, it has up to 28 cores and 56 threads, while the Cascade Lake AP is a multi-chip processor and has multiple dies contained in it.

The Cascade Lake Advanced Performance CPU is intended to run extremely demanding workloads such as business workloads, and a lot more like it. Intel said that Cascade Lake AP is a dual-socket platform and it features up to 48 cores per CPU with 12 channels of DDR4 memory per cores. The acclaimed performance seems to be proved as the Cascade Lake AP processor is said to outperform AMD’s Epyc 7601 over threefold on Linpack benchmarks catering with floating point computations.

The Intel Xeon E-2100 is now available, and the Cascade Lake Advanced Performance processors are expected to arrive during the first half of 2019. Stay tuned with TechnoCodex to be updated.

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