Digitimes shared the news that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will introduce two variants of the Xeon E3 processors. The first variant, Xeon E3-1200 v4 series will be according to the Broadwell micro-architecture of Intel. There is buzz in the market that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will also launch its Xeon E3-1200 v5 according to the Skylake micro-architecture.
If this is true then it would be interesting to see how Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) manages the timelines. It seems as if the E3-1200 v4 will be weaker in performance however it may be attractive to the consumer target market if it were upgraded to Xeon E3-1200 v3.
It is expected that the Xeon E3-1200 v5 will be a better performer because of its new GPU and CPU architectures. With these upgrades, customers will be more compelled to purchase the system over rival’s products. It all depends on how Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) caters to the market and counters the rivals systems on its way.
Intel Corp’s (NASDAQ:INTC) E3 processor is targeted at systems with only one processor. Other systems that require either two or four processors can move towards purchasing the Xeon E5 family that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) offers. Systems that require more, can choose from the Xeon E7 lineup of Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC).
The company launched both the processors in Q3 of 2014. Digitimes states that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will launch variants that will be able to work in configurations of the four processors to be launched during Q2 of 2015. Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) is also expected to launch Xeon E7 Haswell-based processors in Q2 of 2015 as well.
Digitimes states that the launch time gives time to clients to transition into the changing platform. In this time, consumers can get used to the idea of the new systems that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will launch. There may be a product cycle of nearly a year and a quarter as Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) launches the Xeon E7 and Xeon E5 based on the Ivy Bridge architecture.
It also reports that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) is planning on launching its Xeon D processor in Q2 of 2015. This device is highly integrated based on the Broadwell processor core. This timeframe will allow the company to be competitive against ARM (NASDAQ:ARMH).
Digitime didn’t comment on the Atom based Microservers which are named as Denverton. It is suspected that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) won’t launch the product till Q3 of 2015 at least. Investors do fear that Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) might lose the grip it has on the server chip target market as competitors are entering.
However, being such a strong company, Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will surely defend the position it’s in with unmatched products and prove its investors wrong. It all depends on the year and a quarter time frame that will soon tell how Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) pulls through, in its server plans.