Do Atom-branded processors have what it takes to run server-side applications and tasks? Well, Intel seems to think so. Apparently, the world's number one producer of x86 processors is feeling the heat about ARM's plans to compete in the lucrative server market, and plans to defend its turf by introducing server-grade Atom processors for use in microservers.
ARM has had been snapping away at Intel's heels ever since its chips had been selected over the latter's x86 offerings in the mobile segment, and the recent news of ARM's designs starting to make their way into the lucrative server market is definitely something which Intel would want to prevent at all costs. After all, there is no denying that there is big money to be made in the server segment, and ARM's offerings will definitely appeal to companies seeking low-power servers.
However, Intel has also got a few tricks up its sleeves when it comes to competing with ARM, and in this case, it seems that the chip giant is finally going to do what many had already speculated about some time back. That's right: Intel will be releasing server-grade versions of its low-power processor specially designed to work with microservers.
According to a report posted by Intel, the server-grade Atoms will be targeted for a 2012 launch, and as many as four such processors will be made available for the microserver market. The CPUs will feature relatively low power consumptions spanning from 45 watt high performance to sub-10 watt, all with server features.
The report also goes on to claim that various features that come standard in its existing CPUs such as 64-bit support, Intel Virtualization Technology and Error-Correcting Code (ECC) will also be implemented in its new line of server-grade Atom processors.
Unfortunately, no other details such as core count and clock speeds about the chips were released, so do check back for updates on this.