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Intel lays out product portfolio expansion details

Posted: 12 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel WiDi  Atom microarchitecture  microservers  data centre  22nm manufacturing 

During its annual developer forum, Intel Corp. executives revealed new technologies and partnerships that are focused on transforming the customers' cloud experience. Intel also announced its new data centre product lines that are based on 22nm process technology as well as the Intel rack scale architecture.

The executives also announced details about the company's forthcoming 4th generation Intel Core processor family.

During her keynote, Diane Bryant, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the data centre and connected systems group, underscored the importance of the data centre in enabling amazing personal computing experiences to deliver real-time information and services. She also outlined the steps Intel is taking to provide the hardware and software needed for data analytics to improve the capabilities of intelligent devices and data centre infrastructure.

"People are increasingly demanding more from their devices through applications and services whether at home, at work or wherever they may be," Bryant said. "Intel is delivering a powerful portfolio of hardware and software computing technologies from the device to the data centre that can improve experiences and enable new services," she noted.

Bryant outlined plans to accelerate the expansion of Intel's offerings across the data centre processor product lines based on its innovative 22nm manufacturing technology before the end of the year, thereby enabling a more cost-effective and efficient data centre infrastructure.

Intel claims that its broad portfolio of data centre intellectual property enables it to quickly integrate features into new products and bring them to market. One example is the release of the new Intel Atom S12x9 processor family customised for storage, four months after the debut of the Intel Atom S1200 processor for microservers.

Intel plans to deliver two more Intel Atom processor-based products this year that promise to deliver new architectures, improved performance-per-watt and an expanded feature set. Bryant demonstrated for the first time the next-generation Intel Atom processor family for microservers, codenamed "Avoton," and confirmed it is currently shipping samples to customers for evaluation. Avoton will feature an integrated Ethernet controller and is expected to deliver industry-leading energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for microservers and scale out workloads.

Revolutionizing the data centre
Bryant also revealed details on Intel's plans to develop a reference design for rack scale architecture that uses a suite of Intel technologies optimised for deployment as a full rack. Hyper-scale data centres run by companies that maintain thousands of servers and store vast amounts of data require continued advancements in rack designs that make it easier and more cost effective to deal with major growth in users, data and devices. Traditional rack systems are designed to handle a wide variety of application workloads and may not always achieve the highest efficiency under all hyper-scale usages. The reference design will help re-architect a rack level solution that is modular at the sub-system level (storage, CPU, memory, network) while providing the ability to provision and refresh or logically allocate resources based on application specific workload requirements. Benefits include increased flexibility, higher density and higher utilisation leading to a lower total cost of ownership.

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