Delivery problems at Intel: Bottlenecks now also affect Xeon processors

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) advises its server customers that Intel's delivery issues will continue until at least the end of 2020. HPE delivers the current Xeon processors with the code name Cascade Lake-SP only with delays, which is why the provider points out stocks of the predecessor Skylake-SP. HPE confirmed the bottlenecks in the website The Register,

Cascade Lake-SP is an improved version of Skylake-SP: Thanks to sophisticated manufacturing with structure widths of 14 nanometers, the current Xeon processors achieve higher clock frequencies. In addition, Intel has implemented additional protective mechanisms against security gaps such as Specter and Meltdown. The new VNNI instructions help with certain AI calculations.

Since the initial delivery problems in 2018, Intel has prioritized the production of high-priced Xeon and Core processors because the margin on these CPUs is the highest. Previous reports on bottlenecks therefore primarily related to cheaper desktop and notebook models from Intel. Obviously, prioritizing production is not enough to avoid problems

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In an open letter, Intel manager Michelle Johnston Holthaus announced in November 2019 that new orders from external chip contract manufacturers should improve the delivery situation, Rumor has it that Rocket Lake, for example, is the successor to Comet Lake (Core i-10000) from Samsung. In addition, according to Intel, its own 10 nm production facility is far enough to be able to mass-produce 10 nm Xeons from the Ice Lake family by the end of the year. That would at least relax the delivery situation around the 14 nm processors.


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