Intel ends the Xeon Phi product line


You can scratch the Xeon Phi off your shopping list. And if you deployed it, don’t plan on upgrades. That’s because Intel has quietly killed off its high-performance computing co-processor because forthcoming Xeon chips have all the features of the Phi, no separate chip or add-in card needed.

Intel quietly ended the life of the Xeon Phi on July 23 with a “Product Change Notification” that contained Product Discontinuance/End of Life information for the entire Knight’s Landing line of Xeon Phis.

The last order date for the Xeon Phi is Aug. 31, 2018, and orders are non-cancelable and non-returnable after that date. The final shipment date is set for July 19, 2019.

The writing was on the wall when Avinash Sodani, chief architect of the Knights Landing chip, took a job at Cavium in September 2016. But really, he likely saw what was coming: that the Xeon Phi would be obsoleted by forthcoming Xeons.

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