BRAVO TECHNOLOGY CENTER

Bravo Official Reference Platforms for Systems

by  Sam C. Chan

 

First Published:  June 1, 2009
Last Updated:  Sep 9, 2016

This is a Summary Timeline, as quick reference for tech practitioners & business users.  For more in-depth comparison, see my other articles listed at the bottom of this page.

  • 4004  1971 (calculators)
  • 8080  1974 (CP/M & S-100)
  • 8085  1977 (equiv. Zilog Z80 1996)
  • 8088  1979 (PC & PC/XT)
  • 80286  1982 (PC/AT)
  • 80386  1985 (PS/2)
  • 80486  1989
  • Pentium P5  1993  (equiv. AMD, Cyrix)
  • Pentium Pro  1995
  • Pentium II (Slot 1)  1997
  • Celeron (Covington Slot II)  1998
  • Pentium III (Katmai)  1999
  • P3 & Celeron (Coppermine FCPGA370)  2000
  • Pentium 4 (Willamette PGA478)  2000
  • Itanium (Merced) IA-64  2001
  • Pentium 4 (Northwood PGA478)  2003
  • Xeon  2004
  • Pentium 4 (x64 Prescott PGA478)  2004
  • Pentium 4 (Prescott LGA775)  2004
  • Core (solo/duo)  2006
  • Core 2 (duo/quad/Extreme)  2006
  • Core i (i3, i5, i7)  2008
  • 2G: Sandy Bridge (LGA1155) 2011
  • 3G: Intel: Ivy Bridge  March 2012
  • 4G: Haswell (LGA1150) Septermber 2013
  • 5G: Broadwell  June 2015
  • 6G: Skylake (LGA1151) Aug 2015*

*Dates listed here indicate official announcement, not actual product shipping
 

Current  Bravo Status
Blue Phasing out
Yellow Current mainstream standards
Green Advanced & Special Projects only
Pending Evaluation in-progress
Skipped Was never adopted as standard

We typically adopt a CPU family for workhorse workstations 6~12 months after initial availability. For server platforms: 9~18 months.

Certification & Adoption status also depend on the pairing of corresponding motherboard & chipsets. It's a very lengthy test process on end-to-end compatibility with BIOS, device drivers, particularly in the area of our out-of-band management schemes and suites.

Once past compatibility hurdle, the next criteria are aggregated merits & role placement, based on cost-performance ratio, and whether it is best-of-class for a given segment.

As of September 2016, our official reference platforms comprise 6th generation Skylake CPUs, and the the associated chipsets: H110,  H170 & Z170, using DDR4-2133N. Haswell generation products using DDR3 still being deployed to sites where consistency is required.

Workstations & Servers

Year, Generation, Chipset

A B C D
2018 (per Intel roadmap)
Icelake (8th gen)

?

will announce endorsement in due course

Sep 2016 (announced)
Kaby Lake (7th gen 10nm)
200a

intended to skip, some exceptions to mobile

Sep 2016**
Skylake (6th gen)
110a
170a
i3-6100
H110M-A
i5-6400
H110M-A
i7-6000
H170
i7 / Xeon
Z170
Broadwell (5th gen 14nm)

we officially skipped entirely as desktop reference platform
there were a few ad hoc notebook deployments

Feb 2015
Haswell "refresh"
(4th gen)
80a H81M-A
i3-4xxx
H81M-A
i5-4430
i7- 4790 
Jan 2013
Ivy Bridge (3rd gen)
60aH61M-E
i3-2300
H61M-A
i5-2300/3300
H61M-A/USB3?
Aug 2011
Sandy Bridge
(2nd gen)
60i i3-2100
DH61SA vga
DH61WW vga
i5-3330
DH61CR

DH61BF
i5-2500
DB65AL
i7-3770
DH67GD ng?
DH67de
Dec 2009
Nehalem (Core i)
50ii3-530/540
DH55PJ
i5-650/750NG
DH55HC ATX
DH55TC
HDMI 4-slot
i7-860
DP55WG ATX NG
DP55KG ATX NG
i7-930~980x
DX58SO ATX NG
Triple
Dec 2008
Core 2
40iE3300
DG41RQ
DG41RQ DG45ID
4-slot
DP43TF ATX NG
Jan 2008
Core 2
30i DG31GL
DG31PR
DQ35JO  
** Dates here indicates when Bravo adopted as reference platform, not vendor's product release

Embedded Systems (Routers, POS, Industrial Controllers, etc.)

  1 2 3 4
Sep 2016 (evaluation in-progress)TBA TBATBA n/a
Jun 2010D410PT D510MO DG45FCDG41MJ

 

All Intel Processor Families

  • Core i7, Extreme
  • Core i5
  • Core i3
  • Core2 Duo, Quad, Extreme
  • Celeron
  • Celeron D
  • Pentium 4
  • Pentium III
  • Pentium II
  • Pentium Pro
  • Pentium
  • Atom
  • Xeon
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