Intel Unveils 5th Gen Xeon Processors with AI Acceleration

Intel has recently announced the launch of its 5th Gen Xeon processors, which come equipped with AI acceleration capabilities in every core of the chip. These processors are set to hit the market in 2024, with the unveiling taking place at Intel’s AI Everywhere event, as highlighted by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.

A New Era in Computing

Referred to as Emerald Rapids during development, the 5th Gen Xeon processors mark a significant milestone in the world of computing. These processors have been specifically designed to cater to various areas such as artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, networking, storage, databases, and security. With a focus on performance enhancement and total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction, Intel aims to bring forth substantial improvements to meet the demands of these domains.

“Built for AI, our 5th Gen Intel Xeon processors provide greater performance to customers deploying AI capabilities across cloud, network, and edge use cases. We’re launching 5th Gen Intel Xeon on a proven foundation that will enable rapid adoption and scale at lower TCO,”

Sandra Rivera, Intel’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Data Center and AI Group

Availability and Roadmap

The 5th Gen Xeon processors are designed to be pin-compatible with the previous generation, making them easily adaptable for existing systems. Leading OEMs such as Cisco, Dell, HPE, Lenovo, and others will offer single- and dual-socket systems featuring the new processors by the first quarter of 2024. Additionally, major cloud service providers will also announce the availability of instances based on these processors throughout the year. Intel has also committed to its roadmap, with plans to introduce Sierra Forest in the first half of 2024. Sierra Forest will focus on E-core efficiency and can support up to 288 cores. Following Sierra Forest, Intel will release Granite Rapids, which will emphasize P-core performance.

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