Intel also said that the new low-power Atom S chip code-named Centerton was due for release in the coming months. HP and Quanta QCT have said they will release servers based on Centerton in the future. The new server chips will be available next year. Intel usually releases new server chips on a yearly basis toward the end of the first quarter or the second quarter of each quarter. The previous-generation E5 and E7 chips based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture were released in March this year.
Companies are trying to harness computing power available in data centers in the most energy efficient way. There is a growing interest in low-power processors like ARM and Atom S, especially from Web-serving companies like Facebook and Google.
The new Atom S chip will have 64-bit and virtualization features, which is key for cloud deployments. ARM's 32-bit processors go into most smartphones and tablets, and the processor design company earlier this week said prototype servers based on its first 64-bit architecture will be released as early as late this year, or by the middle of next year.
The second chip in the Atom S lineup will be Avoton, which will be released next year and be made using the 22-nm process. The chip will have integrated fabric to virtualize storage and networking. Bryant did not provide a specific ship date for Avoton chips.