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Intel Debuts New Atom System-on-Chip Processor

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More Atom in more places.

Intel is pushing the Atom into more spaces that just netbooks. One of the new products introduced at IDF is a new Atom-based System-on-Chip that Intel hopes to make it into in-vehicle infotainment systems for cars, smart grid devices and IP media phones.

At an IDF keynote, Intel launched “Tunnel Creek,” a new Atom E600 SoC processor. One particular processor detailed is codenamed “Stellarton,” which consists of the Atom E600 processor paired with an Altera FPGA on a multi-chip package that provides additional flexibility for customers who want to incorporate proprietary I/O or acceleration.

Intel also introduced the Atom processor CE4200, formerly codenamed “Groveland,” which is designed to integrate the Internet experience with TV.

The SoC includes 3-D support, H.264 high-definition encoding capability for usage models such as “sync-and-go” between networked consumer electronics and portable devices, and multiple input stream support to enable the design of cost-effective home gateway appliances. The SoC also features smart power management capabilities that automatically help to turn off parts of the chip when not in use.

Other things announced at this keynote were the launch of the Intel AppUp store and a surprising demo of the Dell convertible tablet transformer.

Intel Atom E600 at the IDF 2010 Keynote

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    hellwig , September 17, 2010 4:20 PM
    So, I see the clockspeed isn't getting any faster, and I haven't heard of any architectural changes to the Atom core, so.... are these any faster than the Atoms of 2 years ago? I guess they're going after the tablet market, where they feel their old Atom can compete with ARM.
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    nxym , September 17, 2010 3:59 PM
    yea more atoms.
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    eyefinity , September 17, 2010 4:12 PM
    But can it play....3d deathchase?
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    hellwig , September 17, 2010 4:20 PM
    So, I see the clockspeed isn't getting any faster, and I haven't heard of any architectural changes to the Atom core, so.... are these any faster than the Atoms of 2 years ago? I guess they're going after the tablet market, where they feel their old Atom can compete with ARM.
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    dman3k , September 17, 2010 4:21 PM
    Yawn... I believe nVidia's Tegra 3 has better graphics and lesser power consumption.
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    knownballer , September 17, 2010 4:32 PM
    This has been bugging me for some time now: what's the difference between a soc and amd's apu? They they say the apu is a fully intergrated gpu but it still looks like a soc to me. Am I missing something? Tom's can you guys do an article on the differences between amd's upcoming apu, the cell processor and soc architectures like arm.
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    konjiki7 , September 17, 2010 4:35 PM
    So your asking whats the difference System on a chip vs an APU cpu and gpu combo?

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    lamorpa , September 17, 2010 4:47 PM
    So you[']r[e] asking what[']s the difference [between a] System[-]on[-]a[-]chip vs an APU [CPU] and [GPU] combo?
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    cyrusfox , September 17, 2010 4:54 PM
    knownballerThis has been bugging me for some time now: what's the difference between a soc and amd's apu? They they say the apu is a fully intergrated gpu but it still looks like a soc to me. Am I missing something? Tom's can you guys do an article on the differences between amd's upcoming apu, the cell processor and soc architectures like arm.


    Agreed, I second this, I would really like to know the fundamental difference.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 5:12 PM
    SoC is somewhat nebulous. It just means it's a highly integrated chip with 3-4 or more of CPU, GPU, 3D acceleration, video decode/encode, IO (USB, PCI, and/or other), RAM, ROM, etc... I think to really be considered a SoC you would want at least CPU, GPU, ROM, and IO.
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 5:22 PM
    erm come on peeps, system on a chip is what it sounds like, it more or less a complete system on a chip with the memory/external storage/bus connector/CPU/display functions integrated into a single package for instance with a SoC you can wire connection from the chip directly to a USB port without the need for a controller board inbetween

    an APU is just another way to addressee an integrated CPU and GPU, it allows you to ask the APU to do something and let the chip decide whether to offload to GPGPU or CPU
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    orionantares , September 17, 2010 5:26 PM
    cyrusfoxAgreed, I second this, I would really like to know the fundamental difference.


    Marketing.
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    saturnus , September 17, 2010 5:36 PM
    Quite power hungry SoC when compared to the sub-1W of Tegra 2 and other upcoming ARM multicore cortex9 design. But at least it's getting there.
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    coldmast , September 17, 2010 5:41 PM
    Well ultimately it should lead to more affordable electronics, but since the netbook segment is already saturated the resulting -- lighter / thinner / longer battery life -- netbooks will most likely cost more; however, The Tablet market is still growing.
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    elel , September 17, 2010 5:44 PM
    Nope, waiting for bobcat. I already have an atom this fast and I want something faster if I get a new netbook.
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    the_wolf88 , September 17, 2010 6:07 PM
    Bobcat will wipe them for sure !!
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    saturnus , September 17, 2010 6:20 PM
    The target of bobcat is somewhat different than these as that has TDP of 9W as the lowest. These are targeted at taking some a piece of market share from the all-dominating ARM chips in this segment but they still use far too much power for being successful at that.
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    stingstang , September 17, 2010 6:33 PM
    I can't understand why they're still marketing atoms. From the very first atom years ago the performance was less in power/watt than their core2's, and were overall slow. Terribly slow. 2 years later there are such minute performance increases you'd think there was an ulterior motive. Intel is the leading CPU manufacturer in the world. you would think they could make something newer and better by now.
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    milktea , September 17, 2010 6:55 PM
    cyrusfoxAgreed, I second this, I would really like to know the fundamental difference.


    To add more confusion, the next step after APU might be ClPU (Cloud Processing Unit). LOL
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    someguynamedmatt , September 17, 2010 6:57 PM
    ...and here comes AMD with Bobcat and Fusion. :D  Can't wait...
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    lashton , September 17, 2010 7:51 PM
    saturnusThe target of bobcat is somewhat different than these as that has TDP of 9W as the lowest. These are targeted at taking some a piece of market share from the all-dominating ARM chips in this segment but they still use far too much power for being successful at that.

    you are wrong, bobcat cores are in the 18TDP zacate APU, bobcat cores are going to be used in the Bulldozer also i beleive, the llano will include redesigned Phenom II CPUS to compete with the note book market, the phenom II would own the Core i7M in notebooks
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