Intel has announced the next generation of Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors that are targeted at powering data center servers and workstations. These new processors are built on the 22nm fabrication process and are to succeed the Xeon E5-2600 series.
The new Intel "Ivy Bridge-EP" Xeon series will feature up to twelve cores per processor, and 24 threads per socket. According to Intel, the new processor family promises to deliver performance gains up to 50 percent when compared against the previous generation. This is according to scores derived from the SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmarks, against an older, Intel Xeon E5-2960-based system. Due to its new 22nm fabrication process, the chips also boast of power savings up to 45 percent, as measured by SPECpower_ssj*2008, and compared against the previous generation Xeon E5-2660 platform. Besides these, the new processors feature Intel Data Protection technology, which is touted to speed up the encryption of data by improving on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm.
In terms of upgrading to the new processors, system integrators would be pleased to know that these new chips feature the same LGA2011 package as their predecessors. Therefore, they would be able to operate smoothly with existing platforms that are running on the older Xeon E5-2600 series. Intel has primarily set their sights on the server and workstation market segments. They have partnered with hardware makers that include Dell, Fujitsu, IBM and HP to feature the new processor series in manufacturers' products. The new Intel Xeon E5-26000 v2 family will be offered in eighteen SKUs, which can be scaled up to a pair in supported platforms. There is also the single-socket E5-1600 series that is meant for workstations. For more information on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 family, please click here.