Intel announces new Xeon processors and naming scheme
Intel’s new naming scheme for its Skylake Xeon processors is now official in the wake of last week’s leaks. The company will be replacing the E3, E5 and E7 branding of Xeon’s past with the names of various metals, starting with Bronze at the low end, progressing to Silver, Gold, and finally Platinum. Though the change may seem relatively unimportant, this is all a part of Intel’s efforts to rebrand the next-generation Xeon platform which is coming later this year.
The new Xeon platforms will make up what Intel calls the “Xeon Scalable Processor Family,” or SP for short. This new SP suffix will now replace the E, EP and EX suffixes of days past. According to Intel, the scalable Processor family is rolling out slowly until it becomes fully available in the middle of this year. The new SP family will form a “new foundation for secure, fragile, multi-cloud data centers,” representing “the biggest platform advancements in this decade.”
Intel launched the new Core and Xeon processors at CES at the beginning of the year with reported performance gains of up to 25 percent.