The market for micro servers - cheap, densely-packed, low-power servers most often used for...

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The market for micro servers - cheap, densely-packed, low-power servers most often used for Web/cloud services - will grow from just 88K units in 2012 to 1.2M in 2016 (10% of server shipments), predicts IHS. ARM-based (ARMH) chips could power much of this gear - NVDA, MRVL, AMCC, AMD, and others are busy developing ARM server CPUs. Intel (INTC) has responded with its S1200 Atom CPUs, but opinions about their competitiveness are mixed. Moreover, even if Atom CPUs keep ARM at bay, they could cannibalize sales of costlier Xeon CPUs. (Facebook)