updated 06:35 pm EDT, Mon July 22, 2013
New family of Atom processors up to four times more efficient
Intel Corporation today released a pair of new server processors, and outlined its strategy for a new server infrastructure. The next-generation Intel Atom processor C2000 product family (codenamed "Avoton" and "Rangeley") was detailed, as well as an outline given of Intel's roadmap of next-generation 14nm-fabricated products for 2014 and beyond.
As part of its strategy, Intel revealed new details for the forthcoming Intel® Atomtm processors C2000 product family aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed "Avoton"), and network devices (codenamed "Rangeley"). This second generation of Intel's 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company's 22nm process technology and the innovative Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.
The new products are expected to deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server system-on-a-chip (SoC) introduced in December last year. Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation.
Future products from the designer and manufacturer include the next generation of Intel Xeon processors E3 family (codenamed "Broadwell") built for processor and graphic-centric workloads such as online gaming and media transcoding. It also includes the next generation of Intel Atom processor SoCs (codenamed "Denverton") that will enable even higher density deployments for datacenter operators. Intel also disclosed an addition to its future roadmap - a new SoC designed from the ground up for the datacenter based on Intel's next-generation Broadwell microarchitecture that follows the newly released Haswell microarchitecture.