Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) will release its next generation Haswell-EX (Xeon E7 v3 series) and -EP4S (Xeon E5-4600 v3 series) server processors in the second-quarter of 2015, giving clients some more time to upgrade to a new platform, says a report from Digitimes citing industry sources.

Intel Corporation To Launch Haswell-EX/EP4S In 2Q15 [REPORT]

2Q important for Intel

Intel Corp.’s Skylake-based products that include E3-1280 v5 and E3-1200 v5 series will serve the server processor industries in the third-quarter, and Broadwell LGA1150 products will launch in the same quarter, according to the report.

Moreover, the chip maker is planning to add the new Broadwell-DE series processors for its Xeon D/Atom C series Socs in the second-quarter of 2015 to defend the micro-server industry along with the processors such as the C2750 and the C2350, the sources said. Additionally, the company is looking forward to rolling out various server processors under Itanium, Xeon, Xeon Phi and Atom somewhere between the fourth-quarter of 2014 and second-quarter of 2015, says the report.

Just days back there were reports that Intel postponed the mass production of its next-generation processor Broadwell- E to the first-quarter of 2016. Though not stating any precise reason for the delay, the company indicated that there could be an issue with its 14 nm process technology along with slumping competition in the market for ultra- high platforms.

More competition expected ahead

On the basis of the architecture, Broadwell-E microprocessor for high-end desktops resembles the running Core i7-5800-/5900 series “Haswell-E” chips, and could also be drop-in compatible with LGA2011 v3 mainboards based on the Intel X99 core-logic. The company has confirmed that its new HEDT CPU will be include six or eight cores, up to last level-cache, quad-channel DDR4 memory, PCI Express 3.0 lanes, 140W thermal design power and so on.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is prepping to take forward a version of its software for servers that run on ARM holdings-based chip technology, a step that will pose a greater competitive threat for Intel, says a report from Bloomberg.

Microsoft has a test version of Windows server running on ARM-based servers, according to the report. The Redmond, Washington-based company has not set out clearly if it wants to make the software commercially available, and as of now, the company only offers the server operating system for use on Intel’s x86 technology-based processor.