Intel Atom S1200: “First 64-bit 6W Data Center Class SoC”
The IT industry loves a horse race, since it gives vendors a chance to pitch their own solutions as thoroughbreds and to portray competitors’ offerings as thorough-going nags. But the industry loves a David and Goliath story even better. Why? Because when the resulting brouhaha casts a spotlight on plucky start-ups and promotes them as front runners, it quenches Silicon Valley’s endless thirst for self-mythologizing and also serves to benefit VCs and other early stage investors.
The ongoing interest in what have come to be known as microservers contains melodramatic elements of both of these dynamics, but Intel’s launch of its new Atom S1200 processors may change that. Why? Because while initial interest around microservers centered on the efforts of entrepreneurs leveraging ARM-based architectures and technologies, those companies are months or even years away from offering all of what Intel can deliver with the new Atom S1200 family. That’s a subject worth considering more fully.
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