Supermicro Launches 4W and 8W Atom Servers

Supermicro has a press release for Intel Atom based servers.

Supermicro Launches 4W and 8W Atom Server Solutions

Extreme Low-Power & Quiet Server Building Block Solutions for Embedded IPC with Three Expansion Slots

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4, 2009 - Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a leader in application-optimized, high performance server solutions, today announced the launch of 4-watt and 8-watt Intel® Atom™ processor-based Server Building Block Solutions®. These extreme low-power and quiet solutions deliver the best expansion and storage features of any Atom-based platform and are designed for embedded industrial PC (IPC) applications.

These quiet, energy saving solutions make ideal storage and network appliances or print and email servers. In addition, Supermicro's mini-tower chassis with advanced user-friendly design features create a very cost-effective home or office workstation for basic computing including Internet usage, office and educational applications.

"Bringing the low-power consumption advantages of Atom processors to the server appliance market empowers our customers with energy-saving, quiet solutions that provide flexible expansion and storage features previously unattainable with Atom solutions," said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro.

PCWorld adds their own.

Intel's Atom Chip Finding Its Way Into Servers

Agam Shah, IDG News Service

May 6, 2009 12:50 pm

Intel's Atom processor is starting to find its way into some types of servers, bringing a new low-power option for end-users but raising a potential business challenge for Intel.

Hewlett-Packard has adopted the Atom for its new MediaSmart LX195 server for entertainment use at home, while a smaller vendor, Super Micro Computer, will use Atom in two storage backup servers announced this week.

Tranquil PC of the U.K. already sells Windows Home Server PCs running on Atom, and Microsoft has been experimenting with Atom chips to build energy-efficient servers for its vast data centers.

and points out the momentum for low power servers.

Since the Atom was designed primarily for netbooks, Intel was surprised to see companies experimenting with it in the server arena, said Bill Calder, an Intel spokesman. The chip is intended mainly for portable and embedded devices, but Intel has been talking to its customers about other possible uses, he said.

Intel's aren't the only netbook chips finding their way into servers. Last week, Via introduced its first server product based on its Nano netbook chip, a motherboard for multimedia servers.

"We are seeing a growing level of interest in the Via Nano for low-power server applications," Richard Brown, Via's vice president of international marketing, said via e-mail. Via is talking to server makers and system designers about using Nano in rack servers and media servers, where its older C7 netbook chip is already used today.The Nano has a few features found in traditional server chips that make it attractive for servers, including 64-bit and virtualization support, Brown said.