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December 11, 2012

Intel launches its Atom processor S1200 product family

The new processor is optimised for high-density microservers, as well as a new class of energy-efficient storage and networking systems

By CBR Staff Writer

Chipmaker Intel has introduced its Atom processor S1200 product family, which deliver a low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip (SoC).

The new processor, which is optimised for high-density microservers, as well as a new class of energy-efficient storage and networking systems, is also said to feature necessary capabilities to achieve server-class reliability, manageability and cost effectiveness.

While enabling considerable savings in overall costs, Intel’s new microprocessor also delivers required data centre features that ensure server-class levels of reliability and manageability.

The SoC has two physical cores and a total of four threads enabled with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT).

In addition, the SoC also includes 64-bit support, a memory controller supporting up to 8GB 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.

Comprising three processors with frequency ranging from 1.6GHz to 2.0GHz, Intel Atom S1200 product family is compatible with the x86 software that is commonly used in data centres.

The S1200 product family offers server-class features that deliver as low as 6 watts of TDP.

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Intel is working on the next generation of Intel Atom processors for energy efficiency codenamed "Avoton, which will further extend Intel’s SoC capabilities and use the company’s 3-D Tri-gate 22 nm transistors to deliver enhanced power consumption and performance levels.

Intel will also introduce the new Intel Xeon processor E3 v3 product family based on the ‘Haswell’ microarchitecture, which will take advantage of new energy-saving features in Haswell and provide balanced performance-per-watt, presenting customers with more options.

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