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Word is leaking out about how Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) plans to counter ARM’s march in to the server side, including the new 8-core CPU. From this vantage point, it looks like too little, far far too late.

The first big news is that the new chip is called Avadon or Abadon, accents and scratchy international phone calls don’t give exact spelling, but it sounds really like that. In any case, it is the new 8-core 22nm Atom aimed at servers. According to insiders, people shouldn’t expect to see this beastie until late 2013, there is no silicon floating right now, if it even exists.

This part will mark the debut of the new Atom core, all the current variants have had the same version with little to no tweaking. Av/badon is described by people who know as a 2 pipe, mildly out of order (2 pOoO) chip with performance that is about 20-25% higher than the current one, clock for clock. No word on projected power efficiency, but this will likely be more dependent on the rest of the SoC, so it should vary a lot.
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Hmm...abadon too closely resembles abandon, which is what comes to my mind when I think about the Atom.

Eventhough the new atoms might have higher performance than previous ones, I still don't consider them power-efficient in terms of performance-per-watt, especially when it comes to high-demand servers. Even adding up to 8 cores, I am skeptical. But I'll optimistically await this.

This is interesting, though, considering HP is going to use ARM's in their servers soon.
    
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I thought Intel Atoms are made for 10" netbooks not servers
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why would you name a CPU abbaddon or appolyon or satan
 
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I'd like to estimate now, that by 2015, stories of how ARM manufacturers misjudged Intel will begin to appear.
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I though Intel Atoms are made for 10" netbooks not servers
http://www.seamicro.com/?q=node/38
    
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why would you name a CPU abbaddon or appolyon or satan
LOL, yeah, I was just reading through the comments in the source and I learned that abadon means "doom" in Hebrew. Excellent code name...
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I'd like to estimate now, that by 2015, stories of how ARM manufacturers misjudged Intel will begin to appear.
Come again? As in ARM has the potential to significantly bypass intel, or the other way around?
    
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Oh I see I also noticed I said though instead of thought
    
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I bet it outperforms Bulldozer while using 1/16th the power.

An Atom core only consumes 2w on 45nm node... So it should definitely be a sub-1w part at 22nm while outperforming an ARM core.

Low power servers are probably for mail servers and such...
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LOL, yeah, I was just reading through the comments in the source and I learned that abadon means "doom" in Hebrew. Excellent code name...


Come again? As in ARM has the potential to significantly bypass intel, or the other way around?
Intel will overtake ARM again.
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