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Intel’s Flexing Its Microserver Muscles

Intel expects to have four 64-bit Atoms available by the end of the year – earmarked for different systems

Intel has started talking up its prospective new second-generation 64-bit Atom, a low-power x86 SoC called Avoton that's sampling now with OEMs, like HP apparently, and should be out and about in the second half.

Intel's been showing off the thing at the Intel Developers Forum in Beijing this week.

The device will be built into microservers before ARM gets its 64-bit processor with its enhanced virtualization and memory into servers early next year. It's got an integrated Ethernet controller.

ARM may be able to manage a 28nm process. If not, it's stuck with 40nm.

Intel expects to have four 64-bit Atoms available by the end of the year - earmarked for different systems and the three new widgets will be built on a 22nm process using the company's new Silvermont microarchitecture.

Intel hasn't copped to the power consumption of the Avoton yet but it's hoping to give ARM and its chip merchants agita.

The first-generation 64-bit Centeron Atom, built on Intel's 32nm process with its old core, ranged from 1.6GHz to 2GHz, with a thermal design power (TDP) of 6.1W to 8.5W.

Intel also has an Atom that was called Briarwood but, since it's available now, is officially the S12x9 and is intended for storage applications. It's supposed to good for as many as 40 lanes of PCIe 2.0 going in and out and improved RAID. Intel said MacroSAN, Accusys, Qsan, and Qnap are releasing systems based on the new storage chip.

Another little number coming later this year is the Rangeley, targeted at networking devices like mid-range routers, switches and security appliances

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