Intel Introduces World's First Six-Watt Server-Class Atom SoC

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Intel has introduced the Atom S1200 family, the world's first low-power, 64-bit server-class line of system-on-chips (SoCs) for high-density microservers.

This new line of "energy-sipping" industrial-strength microprocessors now lays the groundwork for a new class of energy-efficient storage and networking systems, the company said.

"We recognized several years ago the need for a new breed of high-density, energy-efficient servers and other datacenter equipment," said Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group at Intel. "Today, we are delivering the industry's only 6-watt SoC that has key datacenter features, continuing our commitment to help lead these segments."

Intel's new server-class Atom S1200 line consists of three processors with frequencies ranging from 1.6 GHz to 2.0 GHz. Each include two physical cores and four threads enabled with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, or Intel HT. Additional features include 64-bit support, a memory controller supporting up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory, Intel Virtualization Technologies (Intel VT), eight lanes of PCI Express 2.0, Error-Correcting Code (ECC) support for higher reliability, and other I/O interfaces integrated from Intel chipsets.

"The Intel Atom S1200 product family is also compatible with the x86 software that is commonly used in data centers today," Intel said on Tuesday. "This enables easy integration of the new low-powered equipment and avoids additional investments in porting and maintaining new software stacks."

Currently more than 20 low-power designs including microservers, storage and networking systems already use the Intel Atom S1200 processor family. These solutions will be offered by Accusys, CETC, Dell, HP, Huawei, Inspur, Microsan, Qsan, Quanta, Supermicro and Wiwynn. Currently the Atom S1200 SoCs are shipping to customers with a starting price of $54 in quantities of 1,000 units.

"Organizations supporting hyperscale workloads need powerful servers to maximize efficiency and realize radical space, cost and energy savings," said Paul Santeler, vice president and general manager, Hyperscale Business Unit, Industry-standard Servers and Software at HP. "HP servers power many of those organizations, and the Intel Atom processor S1200 will be instrumental as we develop the next wave of application-defined computing to dramatically reduce cost and energy use for our customers."

In addition to introducing the super low-power Atom S1200 line, Intel said it's also working on the next-generation of extremely energy efficient Atom processors codenamed "Avoton." These chips are slated for a launch in 2013, and will use Intel's 3D Tri-gate 22-nm transistors. Also scheduled for 2013 will be the new Intel Xeon processor E3 v3 product family based on the "Haswell" microarchitecture.

Kevin ParrishKevin ParrishKevin Parrish is a contributing editor and writer for Tom's Hardware,Tom's Games and Tom's Guide. He's also a graphic artist, CAD operator and network administrator.

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