Intel has launched its flagship data centre microprocessor “Ice Lake” for cloud service providers and massive data centres. It has already shipped about 200,000 test units. The new chip is slower than AMD’s flagship data centre server chip launched in March. Intel, however, is banking on greater control over its supply chain that the chips offer, besides, portfolio of data storage, networking, etc which work well with the “Ice Lake” processor.
Intel said that it would ramp up the production of a new data centre chip in the Q1 and a new generation of chipmaking tech would become a key part of its output this year. “Ice Lake” server chips made on the 10-nanometer process would start ramping up production this quarter with the introduction of 50 new processor designs for PCs, 30 of those using the new 10-nanometer tech. It would also work on a lidar sensor, a laser-based device for vehicles to obtain a 3D view of the road.