While netbooks have clearly stolen the limelight when it comes to uses for Intel’s power-sipping Atom processor, it’s definitely got some other uses. Small always-on appliances like home servers are something I’ve been hoping more companies would use the Atom for, as it seems well-suited to the task.
The new server offers the following specifications:
- CPU: Intel Atom 330 @ 1.6 GHz
- Memory: 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2-533 RAM
- Hard drive: 500GB SATA @ 7200 RPM
- Networking: Gigabit ethernet
- OS: Microsoft Windows Home Server
- Warranty: 3-year limited warranty plus life-time technical support
It’s good to see more companies using the dual-core Atom for something, as for a long time it’s been impossible to find outside of buying the chip soldered to a new motherboard. Starting at $399, the new systems are offer a few customization options (namely storage space). As more and more devices come online, and people start consuming larger quantities of digital media, it’s no doubt that the popularity of these home servers will rise.