A handful of companies have been offering low power servers based on Intel Atom chips for a few years. But now Intel is embracing the idea of using low-power processors in servers with the introduction of its first Atom chip designed specifically for servers.
The Intel Centerton platform is a system-on-a-chip based around Atom architecture. The processors have a TDP of about 6W, or about what you’d see from one of the company’s netbook chips.
SeaMicro already offers servers based on off-the-shelf Intel Atom N570 processors, claiming they use 75 percent less power than typical servers and use less space. Intel’s next-generation chips could offer similar benefits.
Intel plans to ship the dual core processor during the second half of 2012.