In an ironic twist, Dell, who was the last major OEM to add AMD chips to its server line, will now be the first to give VIA a spin in select low-power servers, The New York Times reports.
"This one is a big, major win for us, said Epan Wu, senior director of chip marketing at VIA, about the Dell system.
The 'major win' consists of Dell outfitting 12 full servers powered by VIA's Nano processor in a single 3.5-inch high case dubbed the XS11-VX8. Each server will only consume from 15 watts to 30 watts, or about 10 percent that of a typical server, and run at 1.3GHz to 1.6GHz.
According to The New York Times, the XS11-VX8 isn't intended for the masses and will instead be sold as a specialized system targeting companies that buy in bulk to host websites. As such, the new server will only be offered through a special group within Dell responsible for creating custom hardware for its bigger customers.
Nevertheless, Wu has reason to be excited, as the deal puts VIA on the map with Dell, something that didn't come easy for AMD.