According to Intel’s previous statement, they will launch two generations of server processors for the first time in 2020, and the upgrade interval will be significantly reduced to 4-5 months, with one in the 14nm process of Cooper Lake and the other with the 10nm process’s Ice Lake-SP. Of the current two generations of Ethel Scalable Processors, the Skylake and Cascade Lake series of the 14nm process are up to 28 cores, which is the limit of the native multicore under the 14nm process, but what about the 10nm process?
It was previously rumored that the core number of Ice Lake server versions would not increase, so there would be little chance of a 64-core processor against AMD.
South Korean websites have accidentally leaked a roadmap for Intel’s processor platform while introducing the Asus server product line, some of which is different from previously leaked material, especially the specific specifications of the Ice Lake series.
Skylake, Cascade Lake, the two generations of processors have been released, not all of them, 14nm nodes and Cooper Lake, expected to be available in Q2 2020, Socket P-eack, up to 300W, This indicator is significantly higher than the previous two generations of 14nm process processors, as it enables up to 48-core processors without slots, significantly exceeding the limit of up to 28 native cores.
Cooper Lake’s 48-core is easy to explain, and Intel achieves this level on the Cascade Lake-AP processor, which allows two Cascade Lake processors to grow significantly in number of cores by encapsulating two Cascade Lake processors into one processor. Intel has previously made two 24-core, 228-core, achieving a huge boost of 56-core 112 threads.
But the core number of the 10nm Ice Lake processor is not explained, it is marked with 38 cores, TDP power consumption is also 270W, than the average 28-core 14nm processor 205W, the increase is basically linear with the increase in the core number.
How did this 38 core come about? If the same as the front 48 core Cooper Lake is also glue MCM package, technically no problem, but really not necessary, not to mention 14nm are 48 core, 10nm no reason to make another 38 core, the less do is unreasonable.
Excluding this, it means that the 10nm Ice Lake processor can be native 38 cores or higher, and it means that Intel can finally surpass 28 cores and compete with AMD’s EPYC Dragon processor by increasing the number of cores in the high-performance server chip market. Although the total core number is still a lot behind.
Given that the 10nm process has a transistor density of 100 million/mm2, 2.7 times that of the 14nm process, Intel technology is clearly able to achieve more cores.
In addition, the 10n Ice Lake processor other specifications are also much advanced, 8 channel DDR4-3200 memory, although not improved, but support the second generation of non-volatile proud memory, and also added PCIe 4.0 support.