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2012, 12:25 PM
Opinions on Intel's (INTC) S1200 Atom server CPUs are split between those who praise their head...
Opinions on Intel's (INTC) S1200 Atom server CPUs are split between those who praise their head start on ARM-based alternatives, and those who worry the chips won't be competitive with future ARM products. Wells Fargo argues the S1200 gives Intel a 1-2 year lead over 64-bit ARM solutions. But Oppenheimer calls the dual-core parts "completely disadvantaged." "In the new web-tier landscape, the more cores, the better," it asserts. AppliedMicro's X-Gene ARM CPUs will support up to 128 cores at 2W/core, and Nvidia's upcoming Project Boulder could yield 8-16 core chips.