Ask any gardener, once you let ivy grow, it gets everywhere
. Even though Intel just planted
a fresh family of Sandy Bridge-based server CPUs, reports of a new line of Xeon E3 chips sporting the firm's next generation architecture
are sprouting up. The new Ivy Bridge server chips use the firm's 3D Tri-Gate transistors
to improve performance without using more power. For micro servers looking for an even smaller
power footprint, Intel is introducing an Atom-based system on a chip, dubbed Centerton. These new 64-bit chips will feature two Atom processor cores and consume only six watts of electricity. Intel hasn't said yet just where these new processors are going to end up, but mentioned that it had a few customers on board.