Purley Platforms Spotted at Computex 2016; Normal DDR4, ILM and LGA 3647 Sockets
We know that Intel has replaced Brickland and Grantely platforms with the new Purley platforms, however, things might be happening faster than expected, as several Purley platforms have been spotted bearing Skylake Xeon chips at Computex 2016.
The first and the foremost thing this means is that Intel already has working silicon for the new chips, suggesting they are ahead of what we expected in the first place.
A vendor at Computex 2016 has had the platforms with the chips on display, that has allowed us to get our hands on at least some more specs.
Although no specific measurements were available, the DDR4 slots appear to be of normal size sitting next to the socket. Talking of, it appears that unlike the LGA 2011 socket, it has an LGA 3647 socket which comes with its additional 1,636 pins.
Talking of, the $16.7 billion acquisition of FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) technology by Intel late last year also confirmed that they are going to continue using them with the Purley platforms. The additional pins are probably needed in connection with that.
At the display, they also had a dual-socketed sled with an ILM port on both cards.
Other than this, some more details regarding the platforms were shared recently where it has been revealed that the platforms will have a configurable TDP range between 45W and 165W.
They will also have an architecture for on-die Intel Omni-Path with connectivity options of 1 and 10 GbE.
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