For those who came in late, Intel released Atom S1200-series chips and the processors which it claims are the best micro-server platform.
However, AMD said in a statement, penned, we presume, by a Mr Tweedledum, has been telling everyone that Intel is far too late to make an impact in the micro-server market and if anyone wants to actually build one, they will have to use ARM chip architecture. AMD said that it was Intel’s own fault, because it had been initially unfriendly to the micro-server idea and had allowed ARM to scoop up its dropped ball and kick it in the back of the net.
AMD said this happened when Intel ignored SeaMicro’s efforts. The first SeaMicro SM10000 server used Intel’s Atom processor, but Intel did not exactly support the company.
Not only did it fight SeaMicro on its choice of processor but failed to promote the 64-bit, dual-core Atom processor part made for the company, AMD said.
AMD surprised everyone when it bought SeaMicro earlier this year and made much of the fact that it had bought the company’s high-speed Freedom fabric.
At the time, Intel said that it did not matter and it had its own technology to match anything SeaMicro could do.
But AMD has not actually done much with SeaMicro either, and has not yet released a server-class microprocessor based on a low-power micro-architecture. Instead AMD has relied on its low-power multi-core AMD Opteron chips and Bobcat and Jaguar low-power x86 cores.
In Tweedledum’s statement, AMD did not mention any of this. It just pointed out that Intel was behind the world on small cores, with no phone market share, little of the tablet market to speak of and now facing the loss of the server market.
Tweedledum’s statement, which can be seen on Tom’s Hardware, said that AMD and its SeaMicro technology are leading the charge in micro-server technology and development and, its partnership with ARM – and plans to roll out micro servers using ARM technology – will trump Intel.
The statement is so much like the classic Tweedledee and Tweedledum spats we have come to expect from AMD and Intel over the years.
It is silly to rubbish Intel for having little to no market share in smartphones and tablets when you don’t have any yourself. It is also just as daft to say that Intel’s micro server processor, a 64-bit variant of its Atom chip is “too little, too late,” when AMD does not have anything that can match it.