Intel today announced its latest generation of Xeon-W processors which may find their way inside Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro. Intel has changed its naming scheme this time around and its latest generation of Xeon W processors feature the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum branding.
Based on Intel’s Skylake architecture, the Xeon-W family of processors are available in a range of variants with the high-end Xeon W-2195 chip featuring 18-cores, 36 threads and a base frequency of 2.3GHz. It also has a TDP of 140W and a Turbo Boost frequency of 4.3GHz. These chips are based on Intel’s optimised 14nm fab and feature 48 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. In total, Intel’s latest Xeon-W lineup of processors comprise of 8 different chips, with the base model featuring 4 cores, 8 threads and a base frequency of 3.6GHz.
As AnandTech notes, the chips unveiled by Intel today are very similar to its Skylake-X series of processors with only their professional features like VPro, RAS, AMT etc. enabled. These processors are only compatible with Intel’s new C422 chipset which makes use of LGA2066 socket.
Intel’s Xeon-W series of processors will be making their way to the market from Q4, 2017. Apple, however, is not expected to unveil the new modular Mac Pro before late 2018 or 2019. So if Intel ends up refreshing its Xeon-W lineup again by then, we could see Apple go in for those updated chips. There’s also a possibility of Apple using these Xeon-W processors inside its upcoming iMac Pro, which will feature up to 10-physical cores, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and more. After all, the 10-core variant Xeon-W is being made available to OEMs from this month itself.[Via AnandTech]