With the Intel Xeon D line we have become accustomed to a longer duration between announce and general availability. We covered the massive new expansion in the Xeon D SKU lineup that happened in November 2015. For lack of a better name, we are calling it Xeon D wave 2. This week we covered the Gigabyte Xeon D motherboard announcement, based on the Xeon D-1541 and D-1521 chips. We are told those motherboards have orders and are still being shipped to distributors.
Yesterday we managed to pick up our first in-the-lab Xeon D wave 2 motherboard, the Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F. This motherboard appears to be a production version based on the Intel Xeon D-1518. The Xeon D-1518 is a networking accelerated SKU with 4 cores/ 8 threads a 2.2GHz clock speed and DPDK.
The X10SDV-4C-TLN4F follows a similar mITX form factor that we have seen in previous versions of the X10SDV family.
Needless to say we are working to get benchmarks and information up as soon as possible. The new 35w TDP brings it significantly closer to the Intel Atom C2758/ C2558 which have been our recommended platforms for firewall appliances based on pfSense among other distributions.
What this also means is that AMD is going to have a tough time peddling the AMD Opteron A1100. We posted this chart yesterday, prior to receiving the new X10SDV.
Now we can confirm that approximately two years after announcement we still do not have an AMD Opteron A1100 part, but we already have Xeon D wave 2 part in the lab. That is from a product line that was not even in existence until over a year after the AMD ARM chip was announced. We received a lot of mail yesterday after our editorial on the A1100 and this is likely the answer. Supermicro and Intel delivered a working Xeon D wave 2 board that works with existing software before the A1100 showed up.