October 1, 2022

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Intel has delayed the release of Sapphire Rapids until next year

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Intel has delayed the release of Sapphire Rapids until next year



Intel has delayed the release of Sapphire Rapids until next year, Need to fix a lot of bugs and reach mass production standards.

Intel’s next-generation Xeon Scalable processor, Sapphire Rapids, was originally scheduled to ship in 2021, then Intel delayed it to early 2022, and later pushed back mass production to mid-2022.

In the first quarter of 2022, Intel sent Sapphire Rapids to select customers, and then again delayed mass availability to the second half of the year.

It was previously reported that Intel has delayed the release of Sapphire Rapids yet again.

According to Igor’sLAB , there are currently 12 steps in Sapphire Rapids, namely A0, A1, B0, C0, C1, C2, D0, E0, E2, E3, E4, and the most recent E5, and not necessarily the last one.

The reason why there are so many steps before mass production is that Sapphire Rapids has not fully broken through in production, and Intel has encountered all kinds of problems during this period, requiring corrections or changes to the design.

The latest filings show that Sapphire Rapids will be released in weeks 6 to 9 of 2023, which is between February 6 and March 3, 2023.

Figure: Intel Xeon Server Processor Roadmap

Due to the long wait, some customers have been reluctant to wait and order the affected Sapphire Rapids.

The recently leaked early test results of the Sapphire Rapids show that its performance doesn’t look all that great either.

Intel originally intended to use Sapphire Rapids to compete with AMD’s EPYC processors code-named Milan, but the delivery time was similar to that of the new generation of EPYC processors, code-named Genoa, after another delay or even later, and the schedule is far behind the competition.

Sapphire Rapids uses the Golden Cove architecture and is manufactured using the 10nm Enhanced SuperFin (Intel 7) process.

The new platform also supports PCIe Gen5, CXL 1.1 (Compute Express Link) and eight-channel DDR5 memory, while continuing Intel’s built-in AI acceleration strategy and supporting Intel Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX).

Sapphire Rapids will also launch an HBM version with 64GB of HBM2E memory.

In addition, Sapphire Rapids will also have corresponding workstation and HEDT versions.



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