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AMD Naples Release Coming In Q2, Marks Company's Return To Data Center

By March 9, 2017 at 7:15 am
AMD Naples marks return of the company to data servers (Photo : Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

AMD announced last Mar. 7, 2017 that the company is preparing for its new line of server CPUs "Naples" which will be released in the second quarter of 2017. However, Naples is just a codename for the company's presentation of their upcoming product. Options for the official name of the product line are still being debated internally at AMD. The new Naples server CPUs are based on AMD's new Zen architecture but utilizing it in a bigger scale.

The fastest of the Naples processors will come with 32 cores with simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) making the chip perform a total of 64 threads. The CPU could support up to 8 memory channels (up to 2TB of RAM) with a memory bandwidth of 170GB/s and 128 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes. Naples is expected to battle Intel's Xeon E5-2599A v4 which costs around $5,000 with Naples expected to win in terms of price and performance based on its released specifications.

Naples can be used in both single-processor and dual-processor server systems. The 32-core chip, used in a dual-processor platform, will give the system 64 cores with 128 threads. The number PCI-Express 3.0 lanes (128) would still be the same in a single-processor and a dual-processor system. Each processor in a dual-processor system only uses half (64 lanes) to communicate with the other processor. Hence, this still gives the system a total of 128 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes and not 256 lanes.

"Today marks the first major milestone in AMD reasserting its position as an innovator in the data center and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs," AMD's senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom (EESC) Business Group, Forrest Norrod, said.

Meanwhile, AMD has also unveiled its new line of processors named Ryzen. The company revealed its first three Ryzen desktop CPUs from the Ryzen 7 series which includes the Ryzen 7 1700, Ryzen 7 1700X, and Ryzen 7 1800X processors. The chips are expected to perform much better and even cost lesser than its Intel counterparts.

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