if you want them to work fully, you will have to pay extra

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The processor segment has not changed its business model much for years. The manufacturers They offered different alternatives, and depending on the features they offered as standard, some cost more and others less. They weren’t “customizable”, but now Intel wants change that idea with their future Intel Xeon.

Intel OnDemand. The service called Software-Defined Silicon (SDSi) —also known as “Intel On Demand”— is a new initiative from this manufacturer that will debut with future 4th generation Intel Xeons. The Sapphire Rapids family will include a system that will allow you to buy those processors and then get more or less benefits depending on one thing: what you pay.

Capped processors (unless you pay). The debate is clear: the client will buy a processor that has everything necessary to work at 100% of its possibilities, but Intel will cap the processor and make some of its options only active if the client pays extra. The company for now has not given too much information about this proposal, but the first models are expected to debut early next year.

Single payment or subscription. The new Intel processors will offer remarkable native features. They are certainly an important change compared to their previous models —the concept of tiles/chiplets that will improve scalability and number of cores is used—, but they will also have those extra options that can be activated in two ways.

The first, paying that “one-time activation” to Intel. The second, with a consumption model that, through a kind of subscription, will allow the activation (and deactivation) of these options on demand as companies need more capacity and benefits.

extras to go-go. Options include Intel Software Guard Extensions —a security option—, Intel Dynamic Load Balancer —a useful balancing feature for telecommunications applications— or Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator —which speeds up data compression and decompression in big applications. data-. As you can see, they are functions oriented to very vertical business niches.

try before you buy. Intel seems to want to implement a model where customers can test new features before deploying them into production applications. The idea, to make processors that are better suited to business needs, a strategy that is certainly singular and that for the moment, yes, will be relegated to Xeons: it does not seem feasible that it will reach the Intel Core family in the short (or medium term.

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