Intel Aims Pentium 350 at Servers
November 25, 2011 11:26 AM
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Will Pentium replace Celeron as low-end name?
Intel's Pentium line of processors has been around over a decade now. The Pentium processor was the high-end of Intel's line of processors for notebooks and desktops earlier in its life. Today the Pentium line is placed between the high-end Core series and the low-end Celeron parts. Intel, however, is aiming a new processor for its Pentium line at the server market.
The new processor is the Pentium 350 and is aimed at low-end servers. The dual-core Pentium 350 runs at 1.2GHz, features 3MB cache, and has a low power draw of 15W. The processor is a bare bones part with no integrated graphics. Intel is targeting the chip at microservers rather than high-end servers where performance is key. That market is served by other parts in the Xeon line.
reports that a new line of Xeon X3 servers are also supposed to come to market soon that are based on the Atom processors for micro servers. Analyst Dean McCarron for Mercury Research says that the Pentium 350 might also find its way into servers for specific tasks like printing or document sharing.
He said, "What we're seeing is a repurposed part."
seems to think that the part might be a sign that the Celeron line will be replaced by the Pentium name.
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RE: 1.2Ghz server chip ?.
11/27/2011 11:46:56 AM
This Pentium can only be a stopgap until the 22nm Atom comes out that they really want to use in this market. They did exactly the same thing when the first Pentium-II Celeron came out years ago. If this Pentium is 15W, what would you expect a 22nm Atom to be ?
Besides, the CPU is just a part of the Server's total power. A lot of it is in the memory chips.
Seems like a good move to me on Intel's part.
RE: 1.2Ghz server chip ?.
11/27/2011 5:13:51 PM
It's a good fit to replace Atom in some server/appliance applications like NAS-boxes, home-server appliances, maybe routers. SNB is quite powerful even at 1.2GHz Dual-core. There is plenty of marketplace for it. LGA1155 boards also handles up to 32GB of ram, something Atom doesn't.
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