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Intel Launches New Xeon E Processors, Expands Silicon with eASIC Acquisition

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted July 13, 2018


Intel is growing its portfolio of products, both organically and by acquisition. On July 12, Intel announced a series of new Xeon E Processors as well as the acquisition of privately-held silicon vendor eASIC.

The new Xeon E-2100 is targeted at workstation users and is the follow-up to the Intel Xeon E3. The Xeon E-2100 is available in multiple configurations and can include up to 6 cores and 12 processor threads, running at a clock speed of 4.7 GHZ. Intel claims the new Xeon E is up to 1.36 times faster than the 2017 Xeon E3-1200 processor.

"With today's workloads, aging workstations impede productivity, collaboration and creativity," Jennifer Huffstetler, vice president and general manager, data center product management, Intel Corporation, wrote in a statement. "The release of the Intel Xeon E processor is intended to deliver the essential performance and visuals for entry workstations, as well as optimizing the innovative form factors, designs and diverse requirements of our customers."

eASIC

While Intel has a vast capability for silicon already, it's always looking to grow, which is why it acquired the privately-held eASIC, a company that develops ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) silicon technologies.

"The eASIC team has developed and deployed a truly innovative structured ASIC product," Ronnie Vasishta, president and CEO of eASIC, stated. "The marriage of the eASIC technology with IP and capabilities of Intel will allow the ubiquitous deployment of this proven structured ASIC product into a wide breadth of exciting end applications and markets." 

Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's Programmable Solutions Group, commented that FPGAs are experiencing expanding adoption due to their versatility and real-time performance.

"Customers designing for high-performance, power-constrained applications in market segments like wireless, networking and the internet of things (IoT) sometimes begin deployments with FPGAs for fast time-to-market and flexibility," McNamara sated. "They then migrate to devices called structured ASICs, which can be used to optimize performance and power-efficiency."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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