Today AMD has unveiled their “Naples” enterprise processor. This chip will likely mark AMD’s return to the competitive enterprise market after many years. The first Naples CPU is made up of 32 cores spread across eight CCX units, with SMT enabled that is 64 threads, an eight channel DDR4 memory controller, 64-lane PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complex, and AMD’s new Infinity Fabric interconnect, which lets it talk to the neighboring CPU, in a 2P system.
Naples will directly compete with Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 series 2P chips. Naples will offer more cores, wide memory interfaces, more memory support, and more PCI-Express lanes. AMD is betting on the energy efficiency of the Zen architecture to clock these chips higher than the Intel chips, for better overall performance. AMD hopes to launch the first processors based on the Naples silicon within Q2-2017.
“Today marks the first major milestone in AMD re-asserting its position as an innovator in the datacenter and returning choice to customers in high-performance server CPUs,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit, AMD. “‘Naples’ represents a completely new approach to supporting the massive processing requirements of the modern datacenter. This groundbreaking system-on-chip delivers the unique high-performance features required to address highly virtualized environments, massive data sets and new, emerging workloads.”