The 10 Biggest CPU/GPU Stories Of 2013


2. The Ups And Downs Of Microservers In 2013

One of the biggest CPU wars to break out among chip makers was the race to provide low-powered chips to a nascent microserver market. AMD introduced two low-power quad-core Opteron server chips called X2150 and X1150, targeted at microservers. In October, Dell demonstrated a 64-bit ARM server based on a CPU from AppliedMicro. Hewlett-Packard stepped up its microserver game with a Moonshot cartridge based on Intel's 64-bit "Avoton" Atom processor.

The microserver battle also left some casualties. HP had to scrap its plans to offer a new 32-bit ARM processor from Calxeda, the EnergyCore ECX-2000, for its Moonshot server system when Calxeda abruptly shuttered in December after it ran out of funding.