Microservers booming

Microserver sales will climb 139% in 2014 to $580 million from an estimated $243 million in 2013, says IC Insights.

Between 2012 and 2017, microserver sales are projected to rise by a CAGR of nearly 72% to $1.2 billion.

High-density microservers contain many CPUs and emphasise power efficiency for massive amounts of lightweight-computing tasks, such as delivering thousands of web pages to users of smartphones and other mobile systems.

New microserver systems are also being aimed at a wider range of data centre applications and new cloud-computing services. This computer segment has become a major battleground between Intel and about a half-dozen processor suppliers developing new 64-bit MPUs with ARM CPU cores for server systems.

However the market for server chips declined this year and last but will grow 3% next year and 1% CAGR between 2012 and 2017. Next year it will be worth $14.4 billion; in 2017 it will be worth $15 billion.

Price erosion and the weak global economy have lowered overall server sales volumes in the past two years, but next year they should grow 3% to $54.6 billion, followed by stronger growth in 2015 and 2016.

Server sales are forecast to rise by a CAGR of just 1.5% between 2012 and 2017.

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