SeaMicro hits out at Intel spin

Server maker SeaMicro is furious with its old chum Intel for claiming that it tried to off load itself into the arms of Chipzilla.

SeaMicro was bought by AMD in a surprise move which was announced this week. Many expected that the outfit was just the sort of thing that Intel needed and were surprised that Chipzilla let AMD have it.

However Intel general manager Diane Bryant waded into SeaMicro claiming that it had approached Intel and asked to be bought. However Chipzilla said it did not want the company or its server fabric technology.

In an email to Wired, a SeaMicro spokesman said that the outfit did not shop itself to Intel. There was never a executive, employee, agent, or banker who approached Intel about selling SeaMicro to them, the spokesman said.

When Wired approached Chipzilla for the reason for such differing views of the same event, Intel refused to comment further.

This suggests that there is a lot of bad blood between the two outfits SeaMicro began life offering machines built with hundreds of Intel Atom chips and little more than a month ago, the two companies held a joint press conference to announce new SeaMicro servers that use Intel’s Xeon processor. Intel designed a processor specifically for SeaMicro’s server which was a 64-bit Atom chip.

SeaMicro board member Fred Weber said that Bryant had “gotten a bit ahead of herself truth wise.” The integrated data-center server combining networking, storage, cloud level processing and virtualisation and enabling new levels of density and power efficiency will be the battle ground of the next decade, so the stakes are unusually high, he said.

But there are reasons why Intel would not support SeaMicro too much. SeaMicro was trying to save businesses space and power by offering servers equipped with cheap processors. That really goes against Intel’s heavy weight Xeon processor philosophy.

AMD has strongly hinted that it will license ARM’s technology in the near future. Though the company will not address the issue specifically, it indicated that it will use ARM chips in tandem with SeaMicro’s server fabric.