Atoms are, after all, the universal building block

Intel Atom Inside
According to some, Intel is trying to focus its future business on their Atom processor, vying to get it included in anything that needs a CPU. Not servers, of course: Intel will keep pushing its Xeon CPUs for servers. Except for those instances where an Atom processor actually makes sense in a server…

A number of companies, including Microsoft, are experimenting with the use of the energy-efficient Atom CPU in servers. As long as the server isn’t doing a lot of computation — say encryption, or scientific analyses — an Atom CPU may work just fine. It seems like an attractive choice for machines running Windows Home Server.

This is, in many ways, history repeating. Anyone remember the power-saving 486SL series of chips from the early 90s?

Via PC World.