Intel launches a low-power 64-bit

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) has launched the Atom processor S1200 product family, which the processor manufacturer claims is the world’s first low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip (SoC) for high-density microservers and a new class of energy-efficient storage and networking systems.

“The data centre continues to evolve into unique segments,” said Diane Bryant, vice-president and general manager of the data centre and connected systems Group at Intel, in a statement. “We recognized several years ago the need for a new breed of high-density, energy-efficient servers and other data centre equipment.”

With the growth of the public cloud, Intel sees a need for high density servers based on low-power processors that can to deliver the desired performance while reducing energy consumption.

Intel’s new SoC includes two physical cores and a total of four threads enabled with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology2. It also includes 64-bit support, a memory controller supporting up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, Intel Virtualization Technologies, eight lanes of PCI Express 2.0, Error-Correcting Code support for higher reliability, and other I/O interfaces integrated from Intel chipsets. The new product family will consist of three processors with frequency ranging from 1.6GHz to 2.0GHz.

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