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Intel's updated server chip road map shows SoC delay, new Xeon D-1500

The new Xeon CPUs will be much smaller than current ones
The new Xeon CPUs will be much smaller than current ones
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Intel refreshed its public processor roadmap just over a week ago and while it does not reveal anything fundamentally new, it does show that the follow up to its Atom server SoC, the C2000, has been postponed by almost a year.

Denverton, which is supposed to be a refresh of the current Avoton family, has been pushed in 2015 according to the slide which covers the whole of 2014 and expires in Q1 2015.

Intel already confirmed at IDF last month that it will unveil a Broadwell-based system-on-chip under the Xeon banner and we now know that it will be called the D-1500.

Both Denverton and the new Xeon D part are expected to use about 15W of power and are likely to be fabbed at 14nm.

It looks likely that the push is due to constrained capacity as Intel ramps up production of the Core M in time for the holiday season.

Whether that delay will have any impact on Intel's capacity to compete with ARM server parts remains to be seen. Cavium, AMD and Applied Micro all have parts on the market and HP is already using AM parts in its Moonshot servers.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.