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Intel launches server friendly Atom S1200

Gets roasted by AMD

Intel finally seems to be taking the micro server market seriously Chipzilla has introduced a new Atom family, designed specifically to power energy efficient servers.

Codenamed Centertron, the S1200 series is based on Intel’s 32nm Saltwell architecture and clocked between 1.6GHz and 2GHz. Unlike consumerish Atoms, dual-core Centertrons also feature server tech, such as VT virtualization, support for ECC memory and a total of eight PCIe lanes. Centertron also uses the new FCBGA1283 socket.

The entry level S1220 runs at 1.6GHz and features a TDP of 8.1W. The S1240 is a more efficient version, clocked at 1.6GHz, but with a 6.1W TDP. The S1260 hits 2GHz, but comes with an 8.6W TDP.

And now for some Intel bashing, courtesy of AMD and SeaMicro.

In an email fired off in response to Intel’s announcement, AMD blasts Intel for ignoring the micro-server “party” and wonders if the S1200 is “too little, too late.” It goes on to state that Intel refused to support SeaMicro in its bid to promote 64-bit dual-core Atoms. AMD (and SeaMicro) also bashed Intel for failing to gain much share in the tablet and smartphone markets.

It’s not like AMD is making a killing in said markets, but we guess all is fair in love and war.

You can check out the letter here.

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