Intel said it is designing Xeon server products aimed at the data center that use less power in a move to fill a niche for custom chips and to counter competitors. "Intel's announcements demonstrate they will try to defend their turf against ARM-based servers and specialty processors," said Pat Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy. Intel said the new offerings have up to four times the energy-efficiency and seven times greater performance than Atom chips developed last year.

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