Intel this week made public its processor strategy for competing in the low-power micro server market, which the Santa Clara outfit describes as "an emerging type of shared infrastructure server designed for unique data center workloads where many low-power dense servers may be more efficient than fewer, more robust servers." Included in the roadmap is an Atom processor with a sub-10W TDP slated for 2012.
While the Atom chip is a little ways down the line, Intel is currently producing a pair of single-socket Xeon processors, the E3-1260L (45W) and E3-1220L (20W). The 1260 part sports four cores clocked at 2.4GHz (3.3GHz TurboBoost) and 8MB of L3 cache, while the 1220 chip is a dual-core part clocked at 2.2GHz (3.4GHz TurboBoost) and 3MB of L3 cache.
In the second half of this year, Intel will also unveil an un-named server processor built around its Sandy Bridge architecture. Not much is known about this chip, although Intel did say it will carry a 15W TDP.