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Intel details microserver play: sub-10W chips in 2012

Intel details microserver play: sub-10W chips in 2012

If ARM and AMD thought they could sneak up on Intel and snatch the burgeoning micro-server market out from under the chip giant, they'll be sorely disappointed. Intel has detailed its roadmap [pdf link] for low-power processors, with two new sub-45W TDP Xeon chips already in production and the promise an even more frugal Sandy Bridge based CPU later this year and a new Atom for servers in 2012.

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ARM server chips taking on Intel with 480 core clusters

ARM server chips taking on Intel with 480 core clusters

Microsoft isn't the only company looking to many lower-powered chips to replace a few high-powered CPUs in modern servers; ARM's first server processor has been detailed by Calxeda, a quad-core chip squeezing up to 480 cores in a 2U chassis. According to Computer World, the new ARM processors will be based on Cortex A9 cores - the same family as used in NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - and have an onboard interconnect fabric for communication between the nodes.

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SeaMicro SM10000-64 grabs 256 64-bit Atom CPUs for distinctive server

SeaMicro SM10000-64 grabs 256 64-bit Atom CPUs for distinctive server

Intel's Atom N570 processor isn't just to be found inside Lenovo's IdeaPad S100; server manufacturer SeaMicro has followed up its first Atom-based model, the SM10000, with a new version boasting 64-bit support. The SeaMicro SM10000-64 answers the main criticism of the first, Z530 based server, running enterprise-friendly 64-bit software with no modifications required. The dual-core chips also mean that the SM10000-64 requires just half the processors of its predecessor, though that doesn't make it necessarily cheap

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Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs

Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs

Microsoft is reportedly pestering Intel for a 16-core version of its Atom processor, which would provide a low-power alternative to mainstream chips for use in data servers. Dileep Bhandarkar, an engineer at Microsoft's Global Foundation Services, suggested that higher-power Intel chips more commonly positioned for servers, such as the Xeon, demand too much power and active cooling in return for their higher clock speeds, PC World reports, and that there is a "huge opportunity" for a different strategy to data center processing.

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Apple Xserve No Longer Available Beginning January 31st, Mac Pro Server Introduced

Apple Xserve No Longer Available Beginning January 31st, Mac Pro Server Introduced

Apple has been busy this Friday morning. Not only has the company officially announced that they are no longer making the Xserve available past January 31st, 2011, but they've also managed to sneak in a brand new Mac Pro Server onto the Apple Store. No surprise that Apple is already ahead of the guessing game as to how they would replace Xserve, even if the replacement isn't getting much of a release announcement (so far).

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