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Intel Brickland and Grantley Platforms Detailed – Spans Three CPU Generations: Ivy Bridge-EX, Haswell-EX, Broadwell-EX


VR-Zone gives us a detailed look at Intel's future Brickland and Grantley EP/EX Platforms which spans for three generation of processors - Ivy Bridge-EX, Haswell-EX, Broadwell-EX.

Intel's Brickland platform is the successor to the Boxbro-EX (Nehalem-EX) which will exist for three generations of CPUs including the 22nm Ivy Bridge, 22nm Haswell and the 14nm Broadwell. The platform would debut with the launch of Ivy Bridge-EX in 2H 2013 and continue later on with Haswell-EX in 2H 2014 and Broadwell (Haswell's 14nm die shrink) in 2H 2015. Intel's Knights Corner (Xeon-Phi) is also said to debut along with Brickland platform.

Intel's Xeon processors with Ivy Bridge-EX would be part of the E7-8800/4800/2800 v2 family while Haswell-EX would be E7-8800/4800/2800 v3. Broadwell-EX would presumably be v4 if the same trend goes on. The Brickland platform would be based on the C600 Series chipset. The successor to Brickland would be based off the 14nm Skylake-EX in 2016 and 10nm Skymont-EX processors in 2017.

With Brickland, Intel seems to go enable 8-socket systems and plus for workstation usage. The new EX Processors would also be able to support ECC DDR3-1600 and DDR4-2133/2400/3200 memory configurations along with a new version of Quick Path Interface upgraded to v1.1 for v1.0.

Over at the Grantley Platform's side (4-Socket Systems), we aren't looking at much competition since AMD backed out from performance marketing hence the launch of Romley-EP successor is expected some time in late 2013. Grantley just like Brickland is based on three CPU generations.

The Xeon E5-4600 v2 family is based on Ivy Bridge-EP, v3 on Haswell-EP and the future family of Xeon E5 would be based off the 14nm Broadwell. Grantely would feature the Wellsburg Platform control hub and would support PCIe Gen3, DDR4-2400 and DDR4-3200 memory configurations.

More details on these new platforms are expected during the  "World is Intel" conference in Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. For now you can head over to the main source for more details.