It went on to blast Intel for not supporting the original SeaMicro SM10000 server, which used Intel's Atom processor; for failing to promote its 64-bit, dual-core Atom processor that it developed two years ago for SeaMicro; and for backpedaling on its insistence that "that microservers not be more than 10 percent of the market."
AMD's conclusion: "Intel is way behind on small cores. They have no cellphone market share, little tablet market share, and now they are threatened that they will lose server market share."
Intel's real concern here is likely ARM more than AMD, which has emerged as a heavy competitor, first in the mobile space and now in the data center. For example, it offers the Cortex A9 chip, which has a thermal design point of under 5 watts.
Alongside its S1200 announcement, Intel revealed it's working on a line of highly energy-efficient chips code-named Avoton, due out in 2013. Intel's Feltham told The Inquirer that the Avoton Atom chips will see SKUs with varying core counts. "The launch SKU stack that we have shown, you can see we've done that at the frequency and TDP is not at the core level so far. While I can't comment on the Avoton product, I would potentially see that kind of segmentation going forward," he said.
On the low-power front, Intel said it would introduce the new Intel Xeon processor E3 v3 product family based on the Haswell microarchitecture next year. They'll take advantage of new energy-saving features in Haswell, according to Intel, and "provide balanced performance per watt."
The Intel Atom S1200 processors are available immediately, with pricing starting at $54 in quantities of 1,000 units.
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