SAN FRANCISCO — Intel is right on its game in the data center, it's struggling hard to stay relevant in client systems, and it's courting the IoT in a big way. Those were some impressions from two days at this year's Intel Developer Forum here, where I had brief, separate, and strange encounters with Sergey Brin and a gaggle of Maker projects.
But first, some news: Intel will cram a high-end processor into microservers, raising the already tall fence it has around the data center. The 14nm Xeon D is sampling now and will be in production next year, about the same time ARM-based rivals such as Cavium's Thunder and AMD's Seattle are expected to ship.
I heard the news after seeing Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel's data center group, conducting a video interview with Bloomberg on the floor of Moscone West here (below). Xeon D will sport crypto, storage, and networking accelerators, but she wouldn't say how many Broadwell cores.
Bryant also announced that Intel is sampling to seven server makers 4x25G silicon photonics supporting 300 meters -- two km distances. This is the fast, relatively low-cost interconnect big data centers have been seeking for aggregation switches. Mellanox, Cisco, Luxtera, and others are gearing up similar products.
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