Intel Xeon D is a rather versatile platform, have a look!

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 4 2017 (updated on Apr 8 2017) in
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  • Please note that despite the 2017 URL for this article, I have added more Xeon D-1500 systems to this list in 2018 and 2019.

    In case you were wondering who makes Intel Xeon D based systems, wonder no more! Supermicro still has the most SKUs, but wow, what a diverse product line has sprung up in the roughly 15 months since the 4 to 16 core Xeon D variants began to ship in volume, joining the original 8 core Xeon D-1540. FYI, some Xeon D products from Supermicro like the 16-Core Xeon D 1587 boast a 7 year product cycle, and this proliferation in the marketplace should help ensure support for many hypervisors, OSs, and developers of drivers and applications for years to come.

    None of this surprises me, as I knew Intel likely had a hit on its hands with that winning combination of low wattage, high core count, 128GB of RAM, M.2 NVMe, and 2 10GbE ports. In case you are somehow still thinking this was some measly Atom/Avoton/Mobile low-end chipset because of its compact design, think again!

    Table of Contents

    List of companies with motherboards and/or servers based on Xeon D, click to jump to each section below:


    Many of these systems are on the VMware Compatibility Guide, have a look at the latest info here, with 6.5 now listed for Supermicro as well.

    All Intel Xeon D-1500 Series CPUs on the VCG, as of Dec 04 2017.



    • antsle one XD

      Up to 12 Cores (24 Threads), 128GB RAM, 10 GbE LAN and more - combined with antsleOS/antMan: Check out our new Xeon-D Models, now available for pre-order in limited quantities
      The Case: Noisy fans and large servers that take up space are a no-go. The antsle case features no fans, no vent holes and very low power consumption! Our innovative cooling technology means we are using the case as the heat sink. The XD difference: The new CPU is a beast of a performer! All this power in such a little box, it’s bound to heat things up. The case gets hotter than the antsle one!

    antsle one XD Ultra – 12 Cores / 24 Threads, available in Black, Red, or Gold.


    Aparna Systems

    • Orca μServer

      Orca µServers are available in two models: the Oserv8 with 8 cores, and the Oserv16 with 16 cores. Both µServers are packaged in a hot-swappable cartridge form factor that is about the size of a 3.5-inch hard disk drive. Both utilize Intel Broadwell Xeon processors, DDR RAM and dual SATA or NVMe solid state drives (SSDs). Storage I/O is non-blocking based on its support for both SATA at 12 Gbps (6 Gbps per SSD) and NVMe at 64 Gbps (32 Gbps per SSD), with latencies of 100 microseconds (µs) and 10 µs, respectively.

    Aparna Systems Orca μServer


    ASRock Rack

    ASRock Rack D1541D4U

    They have 7 motherboards based on Xeon D, to view their features, under "Selected by CPU Socket" at left, select "SoC"

    ASRock Rack Product Catalog

    1 Blade

    • 3U16N

    • Product Page

    • View

      First of all, ASRock Rack is showing its new product 3U16N, which is by far the highest-density among all the microservers features with Intel® Xeon® D processors. With multiple computing nodes, this microserver can easily handle intensive critical tasks under low power consumption.

    ASRock Rack 3U16N image courtesy of ServeTheHome.




    Cisco UCS E-Series M3 Server

    • 2 CPUs

    • Datasheet

      • Cisco UCS E-Series M3 Servers Data Sheet

        Product Details

        Cisco UCS E-Series Servers

        The Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS) E-series M3 Server is available in three flavors: a singlewide module and two doublewide modules. This singlewide version occupies a single service-module slot in the Cisco 4000 Series ISR as shown above. The doublewide module occupies two service-module slots side-by-side.

        All Cisco UCS E-Series M3 Servers are high-density blade servers with single-socket Intel Xeon-D processors. They balance simplicity, performance, and application density while operating in an energy-efficient environment providing better energy efficiency than preceding models. The servers also include integrated remote lights-out management.

        They thus provide an excellent platform for introducing virtualization into the branch office and supporting mission-critical business applications. The innovative, zero-footprint form factor of the Cisco UCS E-Series Servers in conjunction with the lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of the Intel Xeon processor increases business agility and enhances reliability when compared to standalone rack-mount and tower servers.

    Image from Cisco on the "Cisco UCS E-Series M3 Servers Data Sheet" page, click to visit that page.




    1 Ruggedized Chassis

    • Parvus DuraCOR XD1500

    • Parvus DuraCOR XD1500 Rugged Modular Mission Computer Server with Intel Xeon-D Processor

      The Parvus DuraCOR XD1500 is a rugged Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS), small form factor (SFF), modular mission computer server based on the industrial-temp, 12-core, 64-bit Intel Xeon D-1559 (formerly Broadwell-DE) SoC processor. With support for up to 128 GB of DDR-4 RAM memory and integrated 10GBase-T Ethernet, the XD1500 has been optimally designed for size, weight, and power (SWaP)-sensitive airborne, ground vehicle, UAS, ISR and sensor platforms seeking datacenter-class performance at the network edge. The DuraCOR XD1500 combines powerful high core-count, floating-point processing with the highest capacity memory architecture available in a rugged embedded system, with incredible I/O and data storage scalability.
      Supporting an add-on rugged COTS XMC co-processor or I/O module (i.e. GPU, FPGA, SBC, 10G Ethernet) and multiple Mini-PCIe I/O modules (i.e. MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, CANbus, 1G Ethernet) for mission-specific avionics/vetronics payload interfaces, the system can be configured with mission-tailored capabilities for C4ISR command and control, image processing, surveillance, virtual machine hypervisor, datacenter server processing, and network functional virtualization (NFV) applications in harsh deployed environments. Multiple, ultra-fast Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)-based and SATA3-based solid state disk (SSD) Flash disk options are available for support of high-capacity (multi-Terabyte) removable and/or fixed Flash disk storage, information assurance and operational requirements for encryption, zeorization, and/or high mating cycle SATA interfaces (rated for up to 100,000 insertions).
      Its rugged IP67 dust and waterproof chassis is capable of operating across extended temperature ranges with no active cooling, airflow or cold plate accessories required. The unit also includes a military-grade power supply supporting aircraft (MIL-STD-704F, RTCA/DO-160G) and ground vehicle (MIL-STD-1275D) voltages with capabilities for optional 50 ms power hold-up.

    Parvus DuraCOR XD1500



    (proprietary internal, not-for-resale servers)

    • Facebook's new front-end server design delivers on performance without sucking up power
      MAR 09 2016 by Vijay Rao and Edwin Smith at Facebook Code

      Three years ago we started working with Intel to define the details of a new processor called Broadwell-D, part of Intel's Xeon line of processors, that was better suited to data center workloads rather than enterprise. We minimized the CPU to exactly what we required. We took out the QPI links, which reduced costs for Intel and removed the NUMA problem for us, given that all servers would be one-socket-based. We designed for it to be a system-on-a-chip (SOC), which integrates the chipset, thus creating a simpler design. This single-socket CPU also has a lower thermal design power (TDP).

      At the same time, we redesigned our server infrastructure to accommodate double the number of CPUs per rack within the same power infrastructure. Together, we designed a 4 CPU/sled server and 65W CPU that would land squarely in the sweet spot from a performance and power perspective. Facebook is limited by an 11kW rack power budget. We have 30 servers in a rack. At 120W per CPU, this allowed for 60 CPUs, while 65W would allow for 120 CPUs per rack within the same power infrastructure. While the math might look straightforward, it required a significant redesign of Intel's roadmap to develop this new part.

      • Xeon D-1567 (12 core) - this is a guess, based on hints in the articles
    Mono Lake - The Server Embodiment of Xeon D at Facebook. Image courtesy of Facebook.
    Image courtesy of Facebook
    • Lessons And Time Drive Better Microserver Designs
      Mar 12 2015 by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform

      The idea with the Yosemite/Mono Lake combination is simple: Use an SoC with enough oomph to run a selection of Facebook workloads, and pull the networking, power, cooling, and baseboard management control into the enclosure, leaving just compute, memory, and local flash storage on the tiny server node.

      D Is For Density

      There is some chatter out there that the new Xeon D chip was designed by Intel specifically at the behest of Facebook to suit its very specific web serving needs, but Yan Zhao, the hardware engineer at Facebook who was responsible for the Yosemite project, tells The Next Platform that this is not the case. Zhao says that it is more accurate to say that the chip was developed by Intel with input by Facebook – and presumably with input from a bunch of other hyperscale customers who like the microserver concept but have found the performance of the existing SoC chips was not up to snuff for their workloads.




    4 motherboards:

    Gigabyte MB10-DS3 features Xeon D-1541.

    3 1U Rack Servers

    Gigabyte D120-C21 1U 16-bay Storage Rackmount Server


    Heptagon Systems


    7 Configurations:

    HQ-Box Combo

    HQ-Box combo

    Here's the details specs of one of their systems:

    Combine both storage and add-on cards with 2x U.2 SSD/HD bays and 1x PCIe 3.0 slot, x8 Lane for full-height add-on cards

    • 1x PCIe 3.0 x8 lane FHHL Add-on card slot
    • 2x U.2 bay for any combination of 2.5” disks: NVMe SSD / SATA
    • Intel® Xeon-D1500 CPU, 4-16 Core, 35-65W, Packed in 154x195x200mm enclosure
    • 4x DDR4 2133/2400 MHz DIMM288 with ECC, up to 128GB
    • QDA / Quick Disk Access, gain access to all drives with one hand screw
    • 1x M.2 NVMe SSD, 22110/2280 (additional with PX-1M card)
    • 2x 10G SFP+ and 2x 1GbE Ethernet ports
    • Aspeed AST2400 board management controller
    • 4x USB 3.0, TPM 2.0, VGA, 2x Serial ports



    Moonshot System with HPE ProLiant m510 Server Cartridges

    HPE ProLiant m510 Server Cartridges

    Product Page

    • View

      Technical Specifications
      Compatible operating systems
      Windows Server, Windows, Ubuntu, RHEL, SLES, CentOS, VMware ESXi
      Mellanox Connect-X3 Dual 10 GbE NIC per CPU. Supports RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)

    Data sheet


    ProLiant EC200a with Easy Connect

    HPE ProLiant EC200a with Easy Connect

    Apparently geared toward education, bundled with subscription cloud services, hindered by only 2 DIMM slots and lack of 10GbE.

    Product Page


    HP ProLiant EC200a with Easy Connect, without the new HPE logo on the front. Bottom unit pictured is a SATA drive expansion module.
    • New HPE ProLiant EC200a Xeon D Server for SMB Hybrid Cloud
      Apr 14 2016 by Patrick Kennedy

      We were surprised to see that HPE decided not to take full advantage of the platform and allow a full 4x DIMM slot option. On the other hand, with the 4 core/ 8 thread Intel Xeon D-1518 SoC 128GB of RAM may be an overkill in intended applications. We also noticed that HPE is not utilizing the dual 10GbE MAC (Intel X552/ X557) found on the Intel Xeon D SoC, instead opting for traditional 1GbE NICs.


    Klas Telecom


    Product Page

    • Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC)

      • Nonproprietary, standards-based commercial off-the-shelf (SCOTS)
      • One airline carry-on size case
      • 12-port tactical 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch
      • Up to 512 GB RAM and 32 physical cores (four compute blades each with Intel® Xeon® D 8-core processor, 10 Gbps networking and 128 GB RAM)
      • Removable SATA SSD interfaces
      • AC/DC power input, built-in UPS and integrated battery backup
      • Designed to meet MIL-STD-810G
      • IP65-rated case
    • Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center Achieves VMware Ready™ Status

      WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 — Klas Telecom, an engineering and design company that develops innovative communications solutions for use in austere environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are required, today announced that its Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC) has achieved VMware Ready™ status. This designation indicates that, after a detailed validation process, Voyager TDC has achieved VMware’s highest level of endorsement and is supported on VMware vSphere® 6.5 for production environments.

    • VMware Solution Exchange - VOYAGER TACTICAL DATA CENTER

      Klas Telecom's Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC) deploys, in a single airline carry-on-sized rollaway case, an enterprise-grade compute and data storage network with up to 512 GB RAM, 32 physical cores, a tactical 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch for connectivity, an integrated uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and wide ranging AC/DC power.
      Technical Specifications
      See data sheet in Resources for technical specifications
      ESXi - 6.5
      Partner Solution: Voyager Tactical Data Center 1.0

    Image courtesy of Klas Telecom.
    Voyager Tactical Data Center [Voyager TDC]

    Apr 09 2018 Update

    Big news today! As far as I know, this new vSAN support is a first for any Xeon D-1500 based system, by any OEM/ODM.

    • VMware Announces vSAN Support for Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC)
      Apr 09 2018 by Tom Nagelmeyer at VMware Blogs | Virtual Blocks

      After rigorous testing, VMware®, creator of the market leading hyper-converged infrastructure software, VMware vSAN™, announces vSAN support for Klas Telecom’s Voyager Tactical Data Center (Voyager TDC). VMware is further extending the market for HCI to austere environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are required—packaging vSAN with enterprise-grade storage and compute into the size of an airline carry-on rollaway case.


    See also VMware Solution Exchange, and Klas info and datasheet pages.



    • Kontron StarVX HPEC integrates highest performance VPX computing node based on advanced 8-core Intel® Xeon®-D processor
      Sep 08 2015 by Kontron

      Leveraging the breakthrough processor performance capabilities of the advanced 8-core version Intel® Xeon® D-1540 (Broadwell DE), the StarVX packs server-class silicon and highly ruggedized technologies in a compact 3U blade footprint. Offering 10 times greater performance than currently deployed ruggedized HPEC architectures, it also meets computer footprint reduction demands through operational computers consolidation via server virtualization. Based on parallel virtual machine (VM) execution that can leverage operational efficiencies provided by isolated workloads configured to dynamically share common resources, server virtualization is now spreading outside IT rooms thanks to rugged platforms such as StarVX.

    • STARVX

      • Compact 3U VPX Air and Conduction Cooled solutions
      • Turn-Key linux parallel system with 8 core Broadwell DE blades
      • Balanced I/O and CPU power
      • Up to 4GB/s board to board with TCP/IP sockets
    • Download Datasheet
    Kontron StarVX™ HPEC Platform deploys Intel® Xeon® Processor D




    High-Tech Made in Switzerland

    MXCS - Rugged Embedded Server Solution with fanless Intel® Xeon™ Processor

    Product Page



    • MXCS-1: Xeon D-1548 2 GHz, 8 cores with 12
      MiB Cache
    • Up to 128 GiB dual channel DDR4-2400 RDIMM
      memory, or up to 64 GiB UDIMM memory
    • ECC support
    • Two SFP+ cages
    • Two Intel i210IT 1000Base-T Ethernet ports
    • Four USB 3.0 ports (4800 Mbit/s)
    • One serial port with RS232 interface
    • One serial port with RS232 or RS485 interface
    • One VGA graphics port
    • One BMC IPMI management port
    • One PEG port connector (PCIe x16 Gen3)
    • One PCIe/104 Type 1 connector (PCIe x8 Gen3)
    • Four mPCIe Full-Mini Card sockets
    • Two M.2 SATA 3.0 ports (6 Gbit/s)
    • Two mSATA 3.0 ports (6 Gbit/s)
    • Watchdog timer with hardware reset capability
    • Power input with load dump and reverse polarity
    • Reset- and Power Button
    • RoHS compliant
    Picture courtesy of MPL AG.

    MXCS Documents






    • Themis brings efficiency to military applications with a 10″ deep rugged server
      Dec 04 2017 Themis Press Room

      London, United Kingdom, 9/12/17 –– DSEI 2017 – Themis Computer®, a manufacturer of rugged computing solutions, is showcasing HDversa––a new 10” deep, high-density, modular computing platform––this week at DSEI, Booth N4-352, in London.

      Providing a common composable infrastructure approach for tactical platforms, the HDversa features a redundant power backplane with twelve module bays that fit standardized storage, graphics, networking, and management modules. Designed to easily fit in the same physical space as legacy VME platforms, this new solution simplifies technology upgrades, reduces costs, accelerates workloads, and offers a wide-range of functionality for tactical data centers, machinery control systems, signal processing systems, and remotely-located console controllers.
      HDversa Highlights

      • Minimum size, weight, and power: Only 10” (254mm) deep and 6U (44.45mm) tall, the HDversa is a lightweight, low power computing platform. Each disaggregated, hot swappable module is actively cooled and requires only 50-100W of power.
      • Scalable Performance: Each front IO compute module features an Intel® Xeon® D-1587 (16-core, 32-thread) or D-1541 (8-core, 16-thread) processor, up to 128GB of DDR4-2133 ECC memory, two USB 3.0 ports, M.2 NVME storage up to 2TB, two 10Gigabit and two 1Gigabit Ethernet ports, VGA and serial ports, TPM 2.0 support, and IPMI 2.0 with remote KVM. Popular operating systems such as Linux and Windows as well as virtualization hypervisors such as VMware, Citrix Zen, and Redhat KVM are supported.

    Product Page

    • HDversa High Density Composable Computing

    • Special Features

      • Optimized for Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP): Only 10 inches (25.4cm) deep and 6U (26.7cm) tall,
      • Low Power: Each module only requires 50-100W
    • Module Options

      • Single-wide Compute Modules featuring a single Intel Xeon D – 1500 embedded series processor, four DIMM sockets, two 10GbE, two 1GbE, and one IPMI 2.0.
      • Double-wide, Storage Server Modules featuring all Compute Module functions + four removable 2.5” SAS or SATA storage devices
      • Double-wide, NVMe Storage Server Modules with all Compute Module functions + four U.2 NVMe storage devices
      • Double-wide, PCIe Expansions featuring all Compute Module functions with added PCIe expansion (either two PCIe x8/Gen3 or one PCIe x16/Gen3 slot).
      • Single-wide, 16-port 1GbE Managed Switches and/or Resource Manager Modules
    • Compute Module Performance

      • Intel® Xeon® D-1587 (16-core, 32-thread) or D-1541 (8-core, 16-thread) processor
      • up to 128GB of DDR4-2133 ECC memory
      • two USB 3.0 ports
      • M.2 NVME storage up to 2TB
      • two 10Gigabit and two 1Gigabit Ethernet ports
      • VGA and serial ports
      • TPM 2.0 support
      • IPMI 2.0 with remote KVM
    • Specifications
      The HDversa data sheet will be available shortly.
      For more questions regarding this system, please ask a sales representative
    HDversa Common Composable Infrastructure Rugged Server


    Tranquil PC Limited


    While not Hardware Compatibility Guide, sure could be an amazing vSAN cluster!

    Product Page for Cluster Servers


    Tranquil PC Limited V6XD/V6XD+ [Front]
    Tranquil PC Limited V6XD/V6XD+ [Rear]
    Tranquil PC Limited V6XD/V6XD+ [Rear]



    Tyan Product Pages all use this same image, stating "Item pictured is only a representation." All are larger Micro ATX designs, 9.6" squared, featuring 1 PCIe Gen2 x 4 slot, 1 PCIe Gen3 x8 slot.

    Product page for latest generation Xeon D motherboards

    All Xeon D motherboards





    See also related X-ES SecureCOTS™ technology.

    COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) Wiki:

    X-ES XPedite7670


    Dec 01 2017 Update

    Added several more companies to the ever-growing list above.

    See also at TinkerTry


    See also

    • Life On The Edge: Why Micro Data Centers Are The Next Frontier
      Nov 30 2017 by Lindsey O'Donnell at CRN

      The same customers that moved aggressively to reduce their data center footprints in the midst of the cloud computing boom are now, ironically, rushing to buy compute at the edge. They see micro data centers—self-contained, stand-alone rack-level systems at the edge—as the means to gain a competitive advantage in the IoT gold rush.
      "2010 was the decade of the cloud, but 2020 will be the decade of micro data centers," said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing, a hyper-converged midmarket hardware appliance maker that is working closely with its partners to drive edge compute solutions.

    • Supermicro® IoT Solutions Connecting an Intelligent Edge to Cloud
      IoT Optimized Server, Storage, Networking and Gateway Building Blocks Provide Broadest Range of Scalable, Fully Converged Solutions for Complete Internet of Things Ecosystems
      May 10 2016 by Supermicro at Supermicro Press Releases

      Santa Clara, CA, May 10, 2016 - Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in Embedded and IoT solutions exhibits its latest server, storage, networking and gateway solutions at Internet of Things World this week. Optimized for Edge to Cloud IoT ecosystems, Supermicro’s comprehensive portfolio of converged infrastructure solutions cover a complete range of compact low-power devices, appliances and mini-servers for networking and data aggregation, to high-performance compute and high-density cold/warm storage for Cloud-based analytics applications.

      Headlining Supermicro’s showcase is the compact, powerful and versatile Flex-ATX X10SDV-7TP8F offering the industry’s most converged infrastructure. This server-class motherboard supports Intel® Xeon® processor D-1587 (16-Core, 32 Threads, 65W), up to 128GB DDR4 2133MHz ECC RDIMM, 22x storage devices, dual 10G SFP+, 6x GbE LAN ports and advanced Intel® technologies for enhanced hardware-based virtualization, security, power and reliability features. X10 and X11 generation motherboards are the core of Supermicro’s IoT/Embedded Building Block Solutions advantage, and when combined with 1U/2U and mini-tower chassis enable fully converged, scalable solutions powering IoT ecosystems.



    Sure would be good if Dell EMC also made something Xeon D, ideally in both mini-tower and 1U compact designs, maybe even fanless! See also my related Intel Atom tweet: