In a move that could boost the popularity of AMD’s new Ryzen CPU family, Intel is launching two new CPUs in the high-end desktop category.
Intel says its new Xeon Phi chip family will include 16 cores and four threads, but it says it’s not offering details about what these chips will be capable of, or even what processors it will support.
Intel has been touting its new Ryzen processor line for more than a year now, and its launch comes as AMD is trying to push Ryzen down to the lower-end of its desktop CPU offerings.
AMD has been quietly pushing Ryzen into the lower end of its high-performance desktop chips, where it’s less popular than Intel’s Atom chips.
Intel’s Zen lineup will be much better-equipped for the enterprise market, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich said on a conference call earlier this week.AMD has also been aggressively courting Intel in recent months.
Last week, AMD announced its Ryzen 8 and Ryzen 7 chips would be available in March.
Intel is also working to expand its Ryzen server offerings to include Xeon Phi and Xeon Phi SP, Krzanik said at the time.
But AMD isn’t the only company trying to lure Intel into its high end desktop market.
The PC industry is getting increasingly crowded with companies offering cheaper, smaller, and more powerful processors that can run multiple tasks at once.
AMD is the company that has consistently outperformed Intel in this space for years, and that has become even more important as Intel is struggling to meet demand from developers.
Intel’s Ryzen lineup will reportedly include eight-core and six-thread processors, both of which are based on the latest Atom processors.
Intel has been aggressively pursuing AMD in recent years.
AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are now being offered as part of a family of processors called Zen microarchitectures, and Intel is pushing those Zen chips at a premium.
That premium could have the effect of increasing Intel’s sales of Zen CPUs to a new, higher-end customer base.
Intel isn’t saying which parts of the Zen chips will get the Zen CPUs, but Intel has said that all Zen microprocessor products are based around the same Broadwell processor family.
Intel will offer both Ryzen 8- and Zen 7-based CPUs, as well as the Zen 7 SP microprocessor with Intel’s Skylake processors.