Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Intel Atom S1200 server processor launch. The morning’s focus was on the current 6w Centerton generation Atom parts, but one could tell that there was a lot of room to go. As I was in the launch event, I posted both on the main site and in the forums. The event was attended by HP, Microsoft and Facebook as partners to talk about the architecture. The basic theme of all speakers was that this is a low CPU compute power, high density server play. Here is some of the highlights of what was not in the press release.
At Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Beijing Intel announced its new Centerton Atom SoC to combat the looming threat of ARM architectures in for cloud applications. HP, Dell and others have already announced plans to offer ARM-based server CPUs really targeting the cloud market. While some of STH’s readers may wonder why Intel is worrying about the chip designer best known for their mobile CPU wins, it actually makes a lot of sense. For shared web hosting and cloud providers, sometimes all one needs is a CPU core.