Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week announced a new family of low power server processors optimized for scale-out server architectures. The Sunnyvale chip designer also attached a couple of interesting claims to its new Opteron X Series, formerly known as "Kyoto," the first of which is that these are the highest density, most power-efficient small core x86 processors ever built. The other claim has to do with how they compare to Intel's top Atom chip.
When it comes to PCs, AMD processors are the only thing keeping Intel from complete and utter market domination. But could the plucky little David (OK, AMD's actually pretty pretty big) be preparing to throw in the towel against Intel’s x86 Goliath? A couple of comments by AMD spokesmen over the past few days makes the company's future on the PC seem much more hazy than it did just a few weeks ago, when Bulldozer launched.
SanDisk is pushing hard for a new SATA standard that will purportedly enable OEMs to offer solid state drives with SATA performance while consuming significantly less power than today's devices. The spec is called SATA DEVSLP, and SanDisk has the support of several tech giants, including Intel, Samsung, and Microsoft, all of which have a vested interest in reducing power requirements for mobile devices.