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  • ideal_invst ideal_invst Apr 8, 2013 10:29 AM Flag

    Intel Avoton highlights the problems for ARM vendors

    Intel is sampling Avoton Atom chips ahead of IDF Beijing
    Ratching up the fabs ahead of ARM

    CHIPMAKER Intel has said it has working 22nm Avoton Atom chips it is sampling to customers, with production chips expected to be available in the second half of 2013.
    Intel also confirmed what many already knew, that Avoton will make use of the Silvermont microarchitecture. The firm said Avoton will be its second generation 64-bit SoC and comes almost exactly a year after Centerton Atom chip.
    What Intel didn't talk about is the power consumption of its Avoton Atom chips, however its previous generation Centeron chips had a TDP figure of 6W and given that the firm is moving to what is now a mature process node and a new microarchitecture, one can safely expect the power consumption figures to be lower than the previous generation.
    Intel's Avoton Atom chips might not yet be able to compete in outright power consumption figures against ARM chips but Intel can rightly argue that its silicon will be in the hands of server builders months before ARM vendors have something that competes in terms of features.
    This highlights the problem for ARM vendors. While many chip vendors including Intel's historic rival AMD will have ARM based chips next year, Intel will already have its second generation 64-bit SoC out for many months, and has already talked about specific versions of Atom for different server deployments such as storage and network infrastructure. And perhaps most worrying is Intel's seeming ability to develop and produce new Atom chips on a 12 month to 18 month cycle, one that some ARM vendors might find hard to cope with.
    Intel said that it expects to have final Avoton Atom silicon in the hands of customers in the second half of 2013.


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    • Avoton kills ARM's server dreams just like Baytrail will end ARM's hope for Windows RT. Soon ARM's dreams will turn from market expansion to simply maintaining a meaningful share in mobile.

    • awesome

    • The lack of 64 bit in the ARM camp for servers is a very big deal. If you are in the server market you have to be 64 bit now. I moved most all of my servers over to 64 bit last year and they are all running Xenon processors. 32 bit doesn't support more then 4 GB addressable but with 64 bit I load a truckload of RAM in them and virtualize the heck out of them maximizing efficiency. Now with 64 bit for microservers and Intel delivers first? It is game over in the server market for ARM.

    • Notice Centerton had a TDP of 6W, Avoton will be even lower.

      Further, it is already sampling and will be shipping in volumes in the next quarter or two.

      64-bit ARM is nowhere in the vicinity...!!!

      The Microserver train has left the station and ARM isn't onboard...ha, ha, ha...

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