AMD has come out swinging in the desktop CPU market with their unbelievable Ryzen 7 family of CPUs, led by the impressive $499 chip in the Ryzen 7 1800X - but it's getting close to the time where they disrupt the datacenter market with Naples.
AMD's upcoming Naples CPU will offer up to 32 'Zen' cores, with huge bandwidth and IO numbers to boot, with "volume availability building in the second half of the year through OEM and channel partners". Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom business unit, AMD explains: "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".
He continued: "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".
AMD Naples Features:
- A highly scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with support for two high-performance threads per core
- Industry-leading memory bandwidth, with 8-channels of memory per "Naples" device. In a 2-socket server, support for up to 32 DIMMS of DDR4 on 16 memory channels, delivering up to 4 terabytes of total memory capacity.
- The processor is a complete SoC with fully integrated, high-speed I/O supporting 128 lanes of PCIe® 34, negating the need for a separate chip-set
- A highly-optimized cache structure for high-performance, energy efficient compute
- AMD Infinity Fabric coherent interconnect for two "Naples" CPUs in a 2-socket system
- Dedicated security hardware