Four months passed since we published a report, detailing a launch schedule of Intel Xeon processors. Since then, a roadmap for Xeon E7-8800/4800/2800 v2 series changed a bit. We also found new information on Xeon E3-1200 v3 refresh, and future Haswell-EP CPUs from E5-2600 v3 and E5-1600 v3 families. As a result, we decided to write a new article, that combines previously known data and recently discovered information.
The second generation Xeon E5-1600 and E5-2600 families will launch sometime this quarter. The E5-2600 v2 series supports dual-processing, and consist of at least 18 different "Ivy Bridge-EP" SKUs, ranging from entry level E5-2603 v2, and up to twelve-core E5-2697 v2. The CPUs have up to 12 cores, which allows them to execute up to 24 threads at a time. The list of technologies, supported by E5-2600 v2 series, includes Secure Key, AES instructions, Platform Protection with OS Guard and Trusted Execution technologies. The second series, the E5-1600 v2, works only in single-socket systems, and is going to consist of three models: E5-1620 v2, E5-1650 v2, and E5-1660 v2. Both families will work with C600 series chipsets.
The second generation Xeon E7 family, aimed at enterprise-class multi-processor servers, will be delayed by a quarter. Our previous report stated that Xeon E7-2800/4800/8800 v2 CPUs will be available in Q4 2013. It appears that the launch date was pushed back, and the microprocessors are now planned for Q1 2014.
Also in Q1 2014, Intel is going to release Xeon E5-4600 v2 and E5-2400 v2 CPUs. The former parts support 4-way processing, and they use socket 2011. The latter products are limited to 2-way processing, have up to 10 cores, and require socket 1356. The E5-2400 v2 and E5-4600 v2 families support the same technologies as Xeon E5-2600 v2.
Haswell refresh, coming in Q2 2014, will affect not only desktop market, but a server market as well. In the second quarter Intel is going to release new batch of Xeon E3-1200 v3 SKUs. They will still be based on Haswell architecture, but they will get new E3-12xx v3 processor numbers.
One quarter later, in Q3 2014, Intel will launch Xeon E5-1600 v3 and E5-2600 v3 families. The v3 processors will be built on Haswell-EP core, and they will support DDR4 memory with date rates up to 2133 MHz. Like desktop Haswell chips, EP products will also support AVX2 and TSX instructions. The CPUs will be coupled with C610 series chipset.
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