While we still associate the Intel Atom with being the overwhelmingly popular netbook CPU, it's got more applications than just for tiny portables.
The Atom's being doing well inside networked storage appliances and Intel this week has added two new Atom processors to further boost the company’s offerings to its OEM partners Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG Electronics, Netgear, QNAP, Super Micro, Synology and Thecus.
For consumer electronics, Intel is introducing the 1.8GHz Atom processor D425 single-core and D525 dual-core with support for DDR3 SODIMM.
The new Intel Atom processors (D425 and D525) are paired with the Intel 82801 IR I/O Controller and support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open source Linux operating systems.
“Networked storage appliances based on the Intel Atom processor platform enable consumers and businesses to organize, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home or office,” said Dinesh Rao, product line manager, Intel Storage Group. “The versatile Atom processor, which is at the heart of a growing variety of small, innovative, Internet-connected devices, makes it possible for storage vendors to develop low-power appliances that can innocuously sit on a desk or shelf while keeping digital content safe and available anytime, anywhere.”
I have to agree. It would be cool to see them adopt element names to denote different models.
There were rumors a while back about Intel designing chips for devices like phones and such. It was a modified atom-like chip with a super low TDP that would make cell phones and such much more powerful.