Intel Announces Next-Generation 56-Core Cooper Lake Processor

Intel’s Cooper Lake Processor Will Be Single-Socketed And Compatible With Ice Lake

Intel Corporation yesterday announced its next-generation Xeon scalable processor family (codename Cooper Lake) based on Intel’s 14nm++ process that will offer customer up to 56 cores per socket.

The new Cooper Lake line-up will deliver breakthrough platform performance leveraging the existing capabilities built into its Xeon Platinum 9200 series (Cascade Lake-AP). Further, the new CPUs will be socketed, unlike the 56-core Cascade Lake CPUs which are BGA only.

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“We are excited about the early customer deployments of the Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series that we introduced as part of our 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor family. Bringing a 56-core processor into our mainline Intel Xeon Scalable processor family in the next generation will further expand our ability to address customer needs for the highest levels of performance in artificial intelligence, high performance computing and high density infrastructure,” commenting on the announcement, Lisa Spelman, Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Marketing at Intel Corporation, said.

The new offering “will deliver twice the processor core count (up to 56 cores), higher memory bandwidth, and higher AI inference and training performance compared to the standard Intel Xeon Platinum 8200 platforms,” said Intel.

The future 56-core Cooper Lake will be the first x86 processor to add new bfloat16 support to Intel’s Deep Learning Boost (DL Boost) to deliver built-in high-performance AI training acceleration capabilities.

This means that it will able to handle AI workloads such as image-classification, speech-recognition, recommendation engines and machine translation, which are currently only available on Intel Xeon 9200 processors.

The Cooper Lake chips will also offer a lower power envelope than the current Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 processors. Additionally, it will have platform compatibility with the upcoming 10nm Ice Lake processor that was announced by Intel earlier this year.

Intel Cooper Lake processors with up to 56 cores are expected to be available in the first half of 2020.

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