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Chips: Intel Atom C2000

Intel in September unveiled its new 64-bit Atom C2000 processor family, a line of quad-core processors the company said has six times the energy efficiency and seven times the performance of its predecessor, the 32-bit Atom C1200 Centerton.

The new Atom C2000 processors, built using Intel's 22nm process technology, come in two flavors. The "Avoton" version is targeted at builders of low-power, highly dense servers and as such competes against the ARM processors. The "Rangeley" version is aimed at networking devices that can be optimized to run lightweight workloads, such as dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching and static Web serving.

The new Intel Atom C2000 processors are expected to be upgraded in 2014 using Intel's 14nm manufacturing process.


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