Intel Announces Atom S1200, Brings Low Power and High Density SoC to the Datacenter
The 64-bit, dual-core (four total threads with Hyper-Threading technology) Atom S1200 underpins the third generation of Intel’s commercial microservers and feature a mere 6W TDP that allows a density of over 1,000 nodes per rack. The chip also includes ECC and supports Intel Virtualization technology, and per Intel’s overall datacenter strategy, it leverages all of the existing software platforms in the datacenter.
As an example of an instance wherein the new Atom chip would be better than, say, Intel’s Xeon products, Intel offered the following: On the right side of the below graphic, the Atom enables extreme density and supports the maximum numbers of web servers possible, each of which needs very few transactions processed. On the left, the Xeon rack offers strong density but delivers better performance in terms of transactions per minute for fewer websites that each have greater processing demands.
HP, an Intel partner that is deploying the Atom S1200 in its Gemini servers, offered up this graphic that shows that balance in a more succinct way:
Intel did not divulge pricing, but regardless, this is an impressive innovation and one that will contribute to more efficient datacenters and provide direct competition for AMD's SeaMicro server platform.