Xeon, Atom Chips for Micro Servers on Intel's Roadmap
Intel officials are looking to use a combination of low-power "Sandy Bridge" Xeon chips and Atom processors to build out their portfolio of products for ultradense micro servers.
Executives with the giant chip maker first talked about micro servers in 2009, describing high-performance, energy-efficient systems that share resources and target such environments as large data centers and service providers, where density and low costs are important.
For Intel, offering processors for such systems is increasingly important as the company looks to address an emerging challenge from ARM Holdings and partners that use its designs to create low-power chips. ARM-based chips from the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung dominate such high-demand markets as smartphones and tablets, and now ARM officials are looking to expand into the data center in such arenas as cloud computing and Web hosting.
Vendors such as Marvell, Nvidia and Calxeda are working to build ARM-based processors that can be used in such systems.
During a press conference March 15, Boyd Davis, general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, said such low-power servers can eventually account for as much as 10 percent of the systems market, and that Intel over the next two years will offer a range of Xeon and Atom processors to meet that demand.
For more, read the eWEEK article: Intel Plans Xeon, Atom Chips for Micro Servers.