When Intel introduced the brand new Cascade Lake household as formally introduced final week, Intel added a brand new product phase – the Utility Processor or AP. Obtainable within the type of the Xeon Platinum 9200 household, they characteristic two Intel high-end processors in a single bundle, providing twin cores and twin storage in a a lot denser surroundings. These processors focus solely on density and are simply BGAs. Due to this fact, they’re solely bought by OEMs as full techniques that they really buy from Intel and make adjustments. We had the chance to carry one among these massive CPUs and take footage.
The bundle measures 76.zero x 72.5 mm. This makes it the biggest CPU-based bundle * from Intel, surpassing the previous Intel Pentium Professional (67.6 x 62.5 mm) and AMD's 75.four x 58.5 mm EPYC bundle.
The bundle incorporates two XCC-capable silicon chips, one as grasp and one as slave. The cubes themselves are every ~ 694 mm².
The best baller within the park
The pedestal is formally referred to as FCBGA5903, which stands for 5903 Flip-Chip Ball Grid Array, the place 5903 is the variety of contacts or "balls" on the underside that get onto the motherboard like an embedded chip. In distinction, AMD's EPYC chip has 4094 pins. The explanation for all these contacts is generally within the reminiscence: Since this Platinum 9200 processor has twelve reminiscence channels, all pins are required. There may be additionally one thing extra for the efficiency, because the TDP for the 56-core model is 400W.
Intel initially provides 4 several types of Platinum 9200:
Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 Household
(Cascade Lake AP)
56 C / 112 T
48C / 96T
32C / 64T
32C / 64T
By way of weight, the processor is unquestionably at 200-300g or half a pound. This was scientifically measured by evaluating it in my hand to the burden of my heaviest telephone after which evaluating it to 2 telephones. The chip actually has an enormous mass, however provided that it's a BGA design, it's unlikely even individuals utilizing the chip will ever maintain it.
If we take a look at the design from the aspect, we are able to see that the bundle really has three completely different layer ranges (5 should you embrace the caps). The sunshine brown and darkish brown layer contains a complete of 18 layers (captured by eye, tough to see in tough mild), and the darkish brown layers are almost twice as thick as the sunshine brown layers, suggesting that these are the efficiency ranges of the bundle , Usually we see processors with a complete size of eight to 12 layers, so that is one other step above.
A closeup of the sphere association reveals the nice division between the contacts. The capacitors on the underside are extraordinarily small in comparison with different CPUs – I imply actually small. Every of those corners has 87 capacitors, that’s 348.
Pricing info for this household of processors is just not anticipated to be disclosed. Intel has said that these chips might be bought to OEMs as a part of barebones servers and that they’re unlikely to separate elements checklist costs and OEMs count on them to value them appropriately. With the brand new 28-core, high-end Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L and four.5TB of storage obtainable slightly below $ 18,000, let’s imagine that the highest Xeon Platinum 9282 is between $ 25,000 and $ 50,000 lies Intel margins, OEM margins and markup.
* Intel could have FPGA merchandise exceeding this dimension, primarily as a consequence of HBM and different onboard chiplets.