Intel put the finishing touches on a revamp of its workstation CPU line-up, announcing a new set of Xeon W processors target at mainstream users, which will set between the existing Xeon E3 processors on the low end and the recently announced Xeon Scalable processors Intel is aiming at “expert” workstation applications on the high end.
Intel is positioning the new processors for 8K production as well as 360-degree content-creation applications, labeling the scalable line as “Ready for Expert Pro-VR” and the W line as “Ready for Entry Pro-VR.” To underscore the point, Intel secured an endorsement from the Technicolor Experience Center, where Senior VP of Immersive Media Marcie Jastrow said the Scalable processors “represent the ultimate in what is possible in VR today.”
The single-socket Xeon W processors offer up to 18 cores and 36 threads of computing performance and run at up to 4.5 GHz with Turbo Boost. By contrast, the Scalable CPUs have up to 56 cores with 112 threads.
Complete specs for the Xeon Scalable Processors and Xeon W Processors, as provided by Intel:
Intel didn’t announce specific release dates for the processors, but said OEMs including Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo were expected to start shipping them with pro workstations this fall.