Intel Launches Xeon D-2100 Series Skylake-SP Low-Power Processors For Edge Computing

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Intel is rolling out a new family of enterprise-class processors based on its Skylake-SP architecture. The chip giant describes the Xeon D-2100 SoCs as being "optimized for flexible, scalable, high-density network, storage, and cloud edge solutions."

The Xeon D-2100 series processors are available with as few as 4 cores and as many as 18 cores (8 threads to 36 threads). Intel throws in an integrated platform controller hub (PCH) along with (up to) 4 integrated 10 gigabit ports. TDPs for the chips range from 60 watts to 110 watts, and you'll of course find support for Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512).

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Depending on which processor you select, base frequencies max out at 2.3GHz, while the maximum supported Turbo Boost frequency on a single core is 3.0GHz. Four channels of DDR4-2666 (ECC) memory is supported (up to 512GB). Up to 32 PCIe Gen 3 lanes are included along with built-in hardware Virtualization Technology. Intel also includes support for its own QuickAssist Technology, which delivers up to 100 Gbps of crypto, decryption, and encryption accelerated throughput.

"As network traffic volume and complexity increases, operators must both optimize their infrastructure and increase value-added services to drive revenue," writes Intel. "This requires more compute capability at all points of the network including the edge. These highly scalable, compact, and energy-efficient SoCs are an ideal solution for equipment makers seeking the best performance per watt when edge computing is constrained by operational space and lower-power requirements."

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There are a total of 14 SKUs in the Xeon D-2100 family covering three subcategories: Integrated Intel Quick Assist Technology, Network and Enterprise Storage, and Server and Cloud. The cheapest processor, the Xeon D-2123IT (2.2GHz/2.7GHz, 4 cores) is priced at $213, while the most expensive Xeon D-2191 (1.6GHz/3.0GHz, 18 cores) rings in at $2,407.

For an in-depth look at Intel's Xeon Scalable architecture, be sure to check out our in-depth review of the Xeon Platinum 8176.