Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips. It seems Intel plans to take interest in the field of production it hasn’t explored befre. SoC design is mostly use to cut down power consumption and deliver a compact solution for both low and high end users. The Broadwell SoC will be manufactured with a 14nm process and targeted at the server market where power efficiency is prioritized above all.
At the moment, Calxeda with its ARM architecture is considered to be the main competitor in this field. Intel Atom already has its own micro architecture plus its own family of SoC chips but this is the first time that an SoC would use the architecture of the more powerful Xeon chips.
The unveiled roadmap also illustrates that Avaton and Rangeley, Intel Atoms low end power solutions, will be reinstated by Denverton which like the Broadwell SoC will be manufactured from the 14 nm process. Avaton and Rangeley belonging to the Atom C2000 family will be made with a 22 nm process and will offer a 64bit SoC design while featuring unusable implementation for the first time. The Broadwell SoC shall link the gap between true Broadwell Xeon Processors and Denverton on the Atomic side, while concurrently presenting competition to the likes of Calxeda and AMD.
The Broadwell hasn’t been assigned an official name though rumors are in the air that it will be branded into the Xeon family of processors. Calxeda already confronts competition by Advanced Micro devices which use low power ARM architecture and now we shall say that Intel is stepping into the market.