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.