Successor to Intel's home lab friendly Xeon D-1500 is called Hewitt Lake

Posted by Paul Braren on Mar 4 2019 in
  • CPU
  • IoT
  • XeonD-2100
  • Longtime readers of TinkerTry may recall that Xeon D was first announced way back in February of 2015! See

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    I knew the series would likely be a hit, but the Xeon D-1540 has a somewhat bumpy start. Less than a year later, the 8 core Xeon D-1541 arrived, and sales took off.

    Yes, the more powerful Xeon D-2100 came out in 2018, but it’s also hotter, noisier, and more expensive. These attributes relegated it to far fewer home lab use-cases than the Xeon D-1500, especially since OEMs didn't seem to release a Xeon D-2100 based solution with enough space and low enough noise levels to really allow it to shine in a small office or home lab. I talked about this in my series of articles here, featuring a comparison with Xeon D-1500. The closest we got to something affordable and versatile was the Supermicro SuperServer I detailed here, but it's just 1U, and nowhere near as versatile as the very popular (for good reason) mini-towers. I'm still testing that 1U system's Xeon D-2100 motherboard by the way.

    Thankfully, Xeon D of all flavors have become incredibly easy to use with VMware ESXi 6.7, which I demonstrated with here.

    Hewitt Lake

    Here's a handy Google Search for you:

    while you won't find it on Intel's list of code names yet, on Feb 24 2019, many stories about this new CPU surfaced, positioned as an Internet of Things device. Here's some of the highlights:

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    • Intel Xeon D Hewitt Lake and Snow Ridge SoCs Detailed

      ...
      This should also be one of Intel’s first infrastructure 10nm products.

      One of the more interesting announcements is the Hewitt Lake SoC which is targeted as a successor to the Intel Xeon D-1500 NS. We covered the Xeon D history to date in our piece: Exploring Intel Xeon D Evolution from Xeon D-1500 to Xeon D-2100.)
      Intel Xeon D Hewitt Lake Generation

      One of the more interesting announcements is the Hewitt Lake SoC which is targeted as a successor to the Intel Xeon D-1500 NS. We covered the Xeon D history to date in our piece: Exploring Intel Xeon D Evolution from Xeon D-1500 to Xeon D-2100.
      ...

    Notice not much mention of 10nm (nanometer) process. More information will likely be known as we get closer to this new chip's arrival, with a release date not yet specified.

    See also this article at 91mobiles:

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    The previous Xeon D-1500 was launched in 2015 and was built using a 14nm process. More information about the new chipset should be revealed in the coming weeks. Intel’s SVP of Network Platforms, Sandra Rivera, stated:

    “The Xeon D Hewitt Lake SoC is really helping our customers advance their strategy for 5G and edge build-outs, and you’ll see several products on display utilising Xeon D which has an increased performance over the previous generation.”
    ...


    See also at TinkerTry

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