(Пока только для серверов)
There has been talk of Intel moving to offer more license-able/opt-in features for hardware capabilities found within a given processor as an upgrade. We are now seeing the Linux signs of that support coming with a driver for «Intel Software Defined Silicon» to allow for the secure activation of such features baked into the processor’s silicon but only available as an up-charge option.
Without purchasing new processors, Intel Software Defined Silicon will allow for activating additional hardware capabilities if purchasing a license/upgrade. The exact details don’t appear to be public yet for what «upgrades» they will offer, but Intel is currently preparing the Linux kernel driver support.
Initially this Software Defined Silicon support appears to be focused on Xeon processors as opposed to license/upgrade features for Intel Core desktop/mobile processors. Yes, a decade ago Intel tried a similar approach in the consumer space with the Intel Upgrade Service that was short-lived and never saw Linux support.