AMD: Intel's Atom S Microserver CPUs Are Too Little, Too Late

The company has some very choice words to say to its rival

Intel's release of a new line of processors for microservers didn't go by unnoticed by Advanced Micro Devices. Given the reactions on the web though, the response on the latter's part wasn't exactly within expected parameters.

In short, Advanced Micro Devices is more than skeptical. In fact, it believes that the new series of Atom CPUs, the Atom S, is an example of too little, too late.

To elaborate, AMD feels that the Atom S1200-series chips have no chance of successfully competing in the microserver industry.

It also believes that Intel should have made a move in this direction a lot earlier than this, preferably by utilizing the ARM architecture, not x86.

“Intel is way behind on small cores. They have no cell phone market share, little tablet market share, and now they are threatened that they will lose server market share,” AMD bluntly said in an e-mailed statement.

The Sunnyvale, California-based CPU, GPU and APU developer believes it is much better positioned in this field, thanks to its partnership with SeaMicro.

AMD points out that SeaMicro's systems originally used Intel Atom processors, but Intel didn't help things move forward from there, even when it allowed a 64-bit dual-core Atom to be used in them.

Intel mostly felt, AMD said, that microservers would never amount to much, no more than 10% of the market at any rate, hence its disinterest until now.

Thus, Advanced Micro Devices believes it will get one over its rival in this endeavor.

“AMD and its SeaMicro technology are leading the charge in micro server technology and development. We recently announced a technology partnership with ARM and plans to roll out micro servers using ARM technology. It’s understandable that Intel is threatened, but we would like to make sure that everyone has the facts straight,” the company says.

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