Intel’s recent Quarterly Reporting Conference allowed understandthat the company will begin shipping a limited selection of Xeon Sapphire Rapids processors this year, but main deliveries are not scheduled until next year. Experts claim that these processors will fix around 500 bugs and change 12 steppings on their way to market before launching in February at the earliest.
Similar information is shared by the founder and editor-in-chief of the resource Igor’s LAB in a new post. Apparently, Igor Wallosek received updated data on the process of preparing the Sapphire Rapids family for the announcement from Intel partners, who undertook not to disclose this information to third parties, but could not resist the temptation to devote themselves to the public story of the failures of this company.
As the source explains, the revision history of Sapphire Rapids processors has about 500 bug fixes and 12 different steppins – from A0 to E5. The company originally planned to introduce these processors a year and a half ago, but will start shipping only a limited range of models in moderate quantities in the current half of the year. The official announcement of the entire Sapphire Rapids family can only be made between February 6th and March 3rd next year, at the same time orders are being accepted for the part of the model range whose delivery is delayed.
According to the source, in October this year, Intel will start shipping part of the Sapphire Rapids models designed to work in systems with two processor sockets, and in November some models for a system with four or eight processor sockets will be added. The general announcement is scheduled for the period from February 6 to March 3, 2023.