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Information About Engineering Sample Processors


Last Reviewed: 28-Mar-2017
Article ID: 000005719

This document addresses questions about engineering sample processors.

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What are engineering sample processors?

Engineering sample processors (ES processors), also known as qualification sample processors, are pre-production processors Intel loans to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs), and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to be used in the product design cycle prior to product launch.

These processors often include more features than production processors for customer pre-production evaluation and test purposes. The following conditions apply to ES processors:

  • ES processors produced by Intel are the sole property of Intel.
  • ES Processors produced by Intel are Intel Confidential.
  • ES Processors are provided by Intel under nondisclosure and/or special loan agreement terms with restrictions on the recipient's handling and use.
  • ES Processors are not for sale or re-sale.
  • ES Processors may not have passed commercial regulatory requirements.
  • ES Processors are not covered under Intel warranty and are generally not supported by Intel.
How do I identify ES processors produced by Intel?

The easiest way to tell if you have an ES processor produced by Intel is to look at the processor topside markings. If you have a four or five digit Qspec listed like the one pictured below, you have an engineering sample. A production processor will have a five digit sSpec, usually beginning with S, such as SLB9L on the topside markings.

If no ink or laser markings are found, the processor may be an "unmarked" ES processor. Contact Intel if you are in possession of an unmarked ES processor.
Unmarked Intel ES processor

The Intel® Processor Identification Utility can also be used to help identify whether a particular processor is an ES processor produced by Intel.

Once you install and run the Intel Processor Identification Utility on an ES processor, the following message will appear in the text box:

"The following Intel® Processor appears to be an engineering sample, not a production processor. The utility is designed to support production processors only. Sample processors are not warranted by Intel and are not intended for resale."

Can I get ES processors from Intel?

Due to the pre-production nature of ES Processors, they are generally only loaned to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs), and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) for pre-production test and evaluation work under specific contractual terms and conditions to assure the protection of assets and confidential information.

ES processors are not made available to the general public by Intel.

Contact your vendor or place of purchase if you have received an ES processor in place of a production processor.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Intel Customer Support, using one of the methods below:

Contact Intel Customer Support
E-mail Intel Technical Support
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Do you replace engineering samples? No. Engineering samples are pre-production units, issued free of charge and are not entitled to warranty.
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