ZD Net reports Intel is tailoring a new Atom processor for the server market.
Intel is working on versions of its Atom chip for the server market, and they should reach the market in the second half of next year. The date was confirmed by Boyd Davis, Intel's general manager of server marketing, at a private dinner in London on Wednesday night. Davis is travelling Europe in connection with the launch on Tuesday of the top-end Xeon E7 series, which provide up to 10 cores per processor.
Boyd Davis said Intel had four architectures for the server market, including the Itanium processors developed with HP and now targeted mainly at Unix systems. He said "the Xeons go down to 20 Watts but we're not going to force customers who want to use Intel architecture to go somewhere else. We'd leave a hole if we didn't have an Atom-based product. The space is unserved, so we'll make sure we have a product for customers. The first cost-optimised server products will come from Intel."