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Microserver chip features 1.2GHz clock speed

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:dual-core processor? microserver? SME?

Intel Corp. has its Xeon chips that target the high-end server market. This time, it positions its Pentium processors for the lower-end servers, or what it touts as microservers. The company has begun shipping a new version of the Pentium chip based on the Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture at 32nmthe dual-core Pentium 350.

As is normal with server chips, the 350 has no integrated graphics component. However, it has a low thermal design power (TDP) of 15W that is far lower than any other Intel chip apart from those on the Atom architecture, claimed the company. Intel added that the chip has a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 3MB of cache.

Pentium 350

Pentium 350 has no integrated graphics component, but has 15W thermal design power.

Microservers are targeted at SMEs that need a server but do not need a full-scale rack or tower server or even the likes of Facebook that needs low-power units for its cloud.

Intel noted that the market is dominated by the firm's Xeon E3 chips, but Atom has already been slated for the next generation of microservers. To keep power usage low and with ARM partners beginning to make moves into low-powered server territory, Intel knows it must continue driving power down.

Pricing details for Pentium is not yet disclosed.

- Sylvie Barak
??EE Times





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