Intel begins production of its 10 nm Xeon processors

12 January 2021

Intel Corp. has started production of its third generation Xeon Scalable processors (Ice Lake) with volume ramp taking place in the first quarter of this year.

The processors will be manufactured on Intel’s 10 nm manufacturing process and feature a boost in performance, security and operational efficiency for data centers.

"Today marks a significant milestone for Intel as we continue to accelerate the delivery of our 10 nm products and maintain an intense focus on delivering a predictable cadence of leadership products for our customers," said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel. "Our 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform represents a strategic part of our data center strategy and one that we've created alongside some of our biggest customers to enable the data center of tomorrow."

Intel Xeon Scalable processors will see significant increases in core count, performance, integrated artificial intelligence (AI) and security, the company said. The processors will be garnered toward cloud computing, enterprise and networking customers that will deploy next-generation cloud services, data privacy, AI video analytics and microservices at the edge.

Other processors introduced

Beyond Xeon, Intel also launched the 11th generation of its Core vPro platform and Intel vPro platform designed for business-based laptops. Also based on Intel’s 10 nm manufacturing technology, the processors include Intel’s Iris Xe graphics and integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E that allows for six times faster uploads and downloads in the office and three times faster speeds at home versus Wi-Fi 5.

The processors also feature eight times better AI performance, allowing businesses to create video and video edits 2.3 times faster than Intel’s previous generation processors.

Intel has also introduced new N-series Pentium Silver and Celeron processors for education laptops and computers also on the 10 nm architecture.

Intel said this delivers a 35% better overall application performance and up to 78% better graphics performance than its previous generation processors, allowing for browsing while multitasking, and featuring advanced camera and connectivity for video conferencing and viewing.

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