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Intel Announces New Atom SoC ''Tunnel Creek''

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Intel today unveiled a new System-on-Chip dubbed Tunnel Creek that is aimed at in-car entertainment systems, media phones and printers.

Intel has detailed its plans for 'Tunnel Creek', the Atom-based System-on-Chip it's working on for phones, printers and in-vehicle entertainment systems. According to UMPCPortal, Tunnel Creek comes in 600Mhz, 1Ghz and 1.3Ghz variants, all of which offer hyperthreading and Intel's VT virtualisation technology, and the TDP for the platform is 5W.

Intel also announced a partnership with Chinese auto manufacturer, HawTai. A HawTai executive was on hand to reveal that its new B11 luxury sedan would incorporate Intel's Atom processor and the company's open-source MeeGo platform in its in-vehicle-infotainment systems.

"With an infotainment solution that utilizes the Intel Atom processor, we are leveraging the well-established and latest Internet technologies, and re-using existing software that has been developed on MeeGo based Linux platform," said Mr. Wang Dian Ming, vice chairman of HawTai Automotive. "It saves us application development costs, and enables new services to be introduced quickly with high reliability."

Last but not least, China Mobile had an executive there too and he announced Intel would help China Mobile's next generation wireless network infrastructure to help move the carrier into a 'compute and cloud' model.

"China Mobile has been researching a new Radio Access Network architecture that is intended to provide our broadband wireless network the benefits of world class energy efficiency, reduced total cost of ownership, and high performance, while having the flexibility to allocate infrastructure resources to varying network load conditions," said Dr. Cui Chunfeng, manager of wireless research labs, department of wireless communications, China Mobile Research Institute. "To accomplish this vision we want to utilize Intel architecture in our next generation infrastructure, and tap into the flexibility, scalability and fast rate of innovation of using a software-defined architecture."

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    danish_2828 , April 14, 2010 4:15 PM
    I'm trying to understand Intel's naming system. "Tunnel Creek"?

    Marketing Director: "Where did you go this past weekend?"

    Sales Rep: "The wife and I road up to Yorktown"

    Marketing Director: "Got any other traveling planned?"

    Sales Rep: "We're planning on going to Tunnel Creek in a couple weeks"

    Marketing Director: **LIGHT BULB "IN HEAD**
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    silentq , April 14, 2010 3:55 PM
    awesome! finally i can turn my camaro into bumblebee that will actually transform!
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    silentq , April 14, 2010 3:55 PM
    awesome! finally i can turn my camaro into bumblebee that will actually transform!
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    danish_2828 , April 14, 2010 4:15 PM
    I'm trying to understand Intel's naming system. "Tunnel Creek"?

    Marketing Director: "Where did you go this past weekend?"

    Sales Rep: "The wife and I road up to Yorktown"

    Marketing Director: "Got any other traveling planned?"

    Sales Rep: "We're planning on going to Tunnel Creek in a couple weeks"

    Marketing Director: **LIGHT BULB "IN HEAD**
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    sliem , April 14, 2010 4:17 PM
    I thought china denizens were not allowed to have a cell phone :) .
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    fazers_on_stun , April 14, 2010 4:19 PM
    danish_2828I'm trying to understand Intel's naming system.


    LOL. Better than "Up a Creek (with no paddle)" :D 
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    mavanhel , April 14, 2010 4:22 PM
    yebuddyBut will it play Crysis?


    It's a 600MHz single core processor. Draw your own conclusions.
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    cscott_it , April 14, 2010 4:41 PM
    I'd like to see what kind of cellphones this baby churns out.
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    huron , April 14, 2010 4:43 PM
    I wondered how long it would be until Intel pushed into this market. It seemed like this this was bound to happen.

    I'll be interested what they bring to the table - HyperThreading and VT could be interesting...
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    rollerdisco , April 14, 2010 4:45 PM
    mavanhelIt's a 600MHz single core processor. Draw your own conclusions.


    not to familiar with sarcasm???
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    michaelzehr , April 14, 2010 4:46 PM
    I think I'm missing something. Why does one need virtualisation on a phone, printer, or in-vehicle entertainment system? Those sound fairly closed as far as systems go.
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    burnley14 , April 14, 2010 4:48 PM
    TDP of 5W? Nice.
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    cscott_it , April 14, 2010 4:50 PM
    michaelzehrI think I'm missing something. Why does one need virtualisation on a phone, printer, or in-vehicle entertainment system? Those sound fairly closed as far as systems go.


    I need my printer to virtualize another printer to print to it from wihin itself.

    The obviosity levels are off the charts! (joke)
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    shubham1401 , April 14, 2010 4:50 PM
    yebuddyBut will it play Crysis?



    Still the same old question?

    LMAO!!
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    vsgm , April 14, 2010 4:58 PM
    Intel just keep on making gr8 CPUs!
    I would love to have a computer in my car 8)
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    C 64 , April 14, 2010 5:06 PM
    danish_2828I'm trying to understand Intel's naming system. "Tunnel Creek"?Marketing Director: "Where did you go this past weekend?"Sales Rep: "The wife and I road up to Yorktown"Marketing Director: "Got any other traveling planned?"Sales Rep: "We're planning on going to Tunnel Creek in a couple weeks"Marketing Director: **LIGHT BULB "IN HEAD**


    Actually Intel has a long history of naming new processors after rivers in California and other US states.

    Not knowing how big or small river Tunnel Creek is the naming creek makes me think Intel has run out of rivers to get names from ..... that is A LOT of processors ;) .
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    siman , April 14, 2010 5:47 PM
    i have a netbook that has an amd 64bit dual core, a ATI 3200, and 4 gigs of ddr2 800mhz ram and for some reason it workes much much better than my older atom....can i get a 64bit dual core and a good graphics chip from the intel side of the house in a netbook?????? no? ok then... back to playing HL2 and CSS on the netbook then....
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    ta152h , April 14, 2010 9:15 PM
    This is what we need, x86 plaguing new markets. If you don't need compatibility with the PC market, why use x86? It's slower, uses more power, and more expensive to make because of the decoder transistors.

    Intel seems deranged. First they wanted to kill x86 with the Itanium because the instruction set was so bad, now they want to put it in GPUs (Larrabee), and phones. I think they need lithium more than silicon there, for their mental illness.
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    Ramar , April 14, 2010 10:27 PM
    What do you do when your company produces a turd?

    Polish it until it looks like something solid, and produce it in 30 different flavors.
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    zachary k , April 14, 2010 10:37 PM
    yebuddyBut will it play Crysis?

    why say it? the joke is old as hell and it gets voted down to -20 each time.
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    ta152h , April 15, 2010 12:30 AM
    zachary kwhy say it? the joke is old as hell and it gets voted down to -20 each time.


    I think it's an internet way of communicating they're gay and looking for partners without being too open about it.

    There's a lot of "Gayspeak". Crysis is one. Using terms like FTW (For the Win, how gay can you get?), Epic Fail (show me someone that thinks this misuse of the word Epic is cool, and you're looking at a flamer), "eye-candy", etc... So, basically, they're advertising to other people, without being so obvious about it. That's the best I can figure out. Why else would anyone be so lame as to say "Epic Fail" and think they are sounding cool? No one is that dorky. You ask a perfect question too. Why would anyone think they are being original, funny, etc... by asking if Crysis will play it? It's got to be Gayspeak to find others. What else makes sense?
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