Intel microserver chips dial down the power

Two low-powered Xeon processors are in the works for high-density microservers, and Intel plans to deliver similar chips based on Sandy Bridge and Atom within two years.

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Intel's low-powered processors for microservers are headed for products including SeaMicro's 64-bit SM10000-64 server. SeaMicro

Intel is preparing to ship two low-powered Xeon processors for the high-density microserver market, and will deliver similar chips based on its Sandy Bridge and Atom architectures within the next two years.

The additions to the Xeon E3-1200 family, the E3-1260L and E3-1220L, along with the Sandy Bridge and Atom additions, have been designed for microservers, Intel announced at a press event yesterday. A microserver comprises multiple small, one-socket servers sharing the same chassis to provide high-processing density in a relatively small amount of space.

The new Xeons have a thermal design power (TDP) rating of between 20W and 45W per processor and are currently in production, the chipmaker said. Intel will also make available a 15W Sandy Bridge-based server processor in the second half of 2011 and a sub-10W Atom-based processor in 2012.

Read more of "Intel dials down power for microserver chips" at ZDNet UK.

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