updated 08:30 am EST, Fri November 25, 2011
Intel Romley may have SAS storage issues
Intel may have moved its Xeon E5 launch for the mainstream due to issues with SAS drives, tipsters claimed Friday. The Romley chipset when combined with current, Sandy Bridge-based processors was said by Digitimes to have problems when using the high speed serial disks. Two of the first wave of Xeon E5 chips, the E5-1600 and E5-2600, had been moved to the first week of March.
A budget-oriented Carlow version of the platform, using the newer Ivy Bridge processor design but focusing on the entry Xeon E3-1200, would show later on.
Intel has already started shipping the Xeon E5, but it's officially being used only for supercomputers and similarly specialized tasks. Workstation and server builders were already expected to take time to integrate the processors and wouldn't be ready until 2012 to ship regardless. A genuine conflict with the Romley platform, however, would imply that Intel had no real choice if it wanted to make sure that every storage option worked properly.
Apple, Dell, HP, and others who build pro systems on Intel's mid-tier Xeons have had to wait roughly a year and a half without new processors.