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Intel Corp. plans to seriously redesign next-generation Atom "Avoton" microprocessor for micro-servers in a bid to offer higher performance and better functionality. A media report suggests that Avoton may feature up to eight cores and up to 4MB of cache.

Intel's next-gen platform for micro-servers - code-named Edisonville - will incorporate Atom "Avoton" microprocessors with Silvermont architecture with the number of cores ranging from two to as many as a eight, reports MyDrivers web-site citing internal its sources. At present it is unknown whether Avoton is a multi-chip module incorporating two Valleyview processors, or a separate chip built from scratch. Avoton will also integrated Ethernet, Serial ATA, USB and other input/output capabilities. It is expected that thermal design power of Avoton will range from 5W to 20W, whereas clock-speeds will range from 1.20GHz to 2.40GHz.

Intel Atom "ValleyView" and "Avoton" central processing units will be rather revolutionary as they will be based on 64-bit out-of-order code-named Silvermont micro-architecture, support up to quad-core (consumer) and up to eight-core (micro-server) configurations, feature dual-channel DDR3L memory controller with ECC, will feature seventh-generation Intel integrated graphics found in Core i-series 3000-family "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors, will integrate numerous fixed-function accelerators as well as input/output features, greatly improving user experience while making Atom-based solutions thinner and sleeker.

The Silvermont micro-architecture seems to be very scalable both in terms of performance and power consumption. Therefore, Intel will be able to more successfully compete against ARM and its partners when it comes to devices that need either performance or long battery life.

Intel Avoton and Valleyview chips are projected to emerge in late 2013.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Avoton, Atom, Silvermont, ValleyView, 22nm

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I cant wait for benchmarks vs ARM cpus. Since up until now we havent be able to reasonably determine how much of a threat ARM's architecture really is to x86 in other areas besides phones. That hasnt stopped the throngs of ARM supporters(more like anti intel people) posting hundreds of times here about how ARM will crush intel without there being any reliable way to determine that.
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0 3 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 10/18/12 02:26:41 AM]
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ARM got the talk but no result yet. INTEL just need to relax and worry about AMD and the 8 cores 4 GHz chips. they could chew on INTEL neck to the bone if INTEL did nothing to kill the competitions. for us consumer just keep our finger cross in hoping AMD can do the math right this time with fx8350 so that it´s going to be INTEL´s turn to lower the price. that is all depends on how much cpu boosting fx8350 get compare to it´s freaky weak brother fx8150 which AMD did the math wrong with 8 cores at 3.6 Ghz.
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0 3 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 10/18/12 03:50:44 AM]
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They're playing catch up to what? There wont be 64 bit ARM server processors till 2014, as mentioned in the caldexa news article the next day after this.
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Who said anything about ARM?
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What about some info on Sparc m processors?
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