SAN JOSE, Calif. – Quanta QCT will use Intel’s upcoming Atom-based Centerton processors in a microserver that ship by the end of the year. The server designer is the second company to say it will use the chip, following an announcement earlier this year from Hewlett-Packard.
Centerton is Intel’s latest effort to deliver a lower power server CPU in the face of a rising tide of ARM-based server SoCs coming from Applied Micro, Calxeda, Marvell, Samsung and others. Dell said it will ship servers using Marvell’s Armada XP ARM-based server CPU, and HP said it is testing multiple alternatives including Calxeda’s chip.
Quanta’s Stratos S900-X31A is a 24- or 48-node server in a 3U chassis with each processor consuming less than 10 watts per server node. Each node supports up to 16 GBytes of memory, two 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard drives and two Gbit Ethernet ports. It will be demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum next week.
The STRATOS S900-X31A is Quanta QCT’s second microserver. In June, it announced a microserver using the Intel Xeon E3-1200 processor.
“Rising power costs, cooling loads and space restrictions lead our data center customers to demand the most efficient hardware available,” said Mike Yang, general manager and vice president of Quanta QCT.
Quanta QCT (Fremont, Calif.) is part of Quanta Computer, Inc., a $37 billion original design manufacturer based in Taiwan.