INTEL WANTS to get up all inside devices that lurk on the edge of networks with its new 18-core Xeon D-2100 processor. Traditionally, Xeon chips have been the domain of workstations and server machines, churning away at video rendering or crunching enterprise workloads.
This new chipset is designed to bring beefy performance to devices that sit on the ‘edge of the network’, from routers and remote servers to Internet of Things (IoT) systems and connected cars.
The Intel Xeon D-2100 processor allows service providers and enterprises to deliver the maximum amount of compute intelligence at the edge or web tier while expending the least power.
– Sandra Rivera, GM Network Platforms, Intel.
With an 18-core chip at the heart of an autonomous driving system, a vehicle could guzzle down data. This could also, in time, make self-driving systems smarter, as the more data they process the more they learn. Intel’s processors can already be found in cars, but the self-driving aspects tend to be the domain on Nvidia with its Drive PX and Pegasus tech. But with a powerful but energy-efficient Xeon chip, Intel could muscle in on some of Nvidia’s territory.