Intel has officially launched pay-as-you-go chip licensing

Intel has officially announced its Intel on Demand program that will enable select accelerators and features on the company’s upcoming Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapids processors. The new pay-as-you-go program will allow Intel to capitalize on the technologies it offers and reduce the number of SKUs. From a report: Moreover, its clients will be able to upgrade their machines without having to replace the actual hardware or provide additional services to their clients. Intel’s upcoming 4th generation Xeon Scalable Sapphire Rapides processors are equipped with a variety of special-purpose accelerators and security technologies that not all customers need at all times. To offer such end-users additional investment flexibility, Intel will offer them to purchase CPUs with those capabilities disabled but turn them on if needed at some point. Software Defined Silicon (SDSI) technology will allow Intel to sell fewer CPU models and then enable its clients or partners to enable specific features as needed (to use them on-prem or offer them as a service). Technologies Intel plans to make available on demand include Software Guard Extensions, Dynamic Load Balancer (DLB), Intel Data Streaming Accelerator (DSA), Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator (IAA), Intel In-Memory Analytics Accelerator and Intel QuickAssist Technology. (QAT) to accelerate specific workloads.