Linked by sawboss on Sat 29th Jan 2011 00:15 UTC
Intel "The Intel Atom processor line is associated with low power usage in devices such as a netbook or nettop computer. The emphasis is definitely not on performance, it's on pushing up battery life on a device with a small display and mid-range graphics requirements while still managing a decent desktop experience. Microsoft thinks Atom can do more, though, and wants to use it in servers. With that in mind it is calling on Intel to up the cores in an Atom chip to 16, and deploying it as a low power server chip solution."
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Intel Niagara... ;-)
by sergio on Sat 29th Jan 2011 03:54 UTC
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I think a 16 core Atom can compete directly with Oracle UltraSPARC T2... there's no similar product in the x86 camp.

T2s are pretty pretty good for web servers and (lite) virtualization. I think an x86 alternative will be even better (and cheaper).

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