NEW-PRODUCT ANALYSIS: The company’s Second Generation Xeon Scalable Processors address the processing demands of data-centric workloads such as AI, machine learning and 5G.

Intel’s rollout of the latest generation of its Xeon server processors at a time when its dominant position in the data center is being challenged like it hasn’t in more than a decade.

At an event April 2 in San Francisco, Intel officials announced the much-anticipated launch its “Cascade Lake” processors, the first of two releases of 14-nanometer silicon due from the giant chip maker last year as it prepares for the arrival of its 10nm processors in 2020.

At the same time, the company unveiled a new family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Agilex FPGAs can be customized for a wide range of applications, from analytics at the edge to virtual network functions (VNFs) to acceleration in the data center, and through their software programmability can adapt to the rapidly changing nature of modern compute environments that are dealing with such emerging workloads as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The new Second Generation Xeon Scalable Processors and Agilex FPGAs come at a time when the amount of data being generated not only is growing at a rapid pace but also is increasingly being created outside of the data center, including at the edge and in the cloud. This is driving the demand for technology that can not only collect, storage, process and analyze data at the edge but also address the processing needs of modern applications like AI, machine learning, 5G and analytics.

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