Intel Expands Intel Atom Processor-Based Platform to Home, Small Office Storage Devices

Intel logoIntel today launched its first Intel Atom processor- based platform optimized for networked home and small office/home office (SOHO) storage devices.

The platform consists of the Intel Atom processor D410 single-core or D510 dual-core and the Intel 82801IR I/O Controller and delivers the processing performance and input/output (I/O) connectivity required to meet the throughput demands of storage vendors such as LaCie, LG Electronics, QNAP, Synology and Thecus.

Home server and SOHO network-attached storage (NAS) devices based on the new Intel Atom processor- based platform act as centralized hubs that organize, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home and small office.

With an up to 50 percent power reduction and improved performance compared to Intel?s previous generation of Intel Atom processors, the new Intel Atom processors paired with the Intel 82801IR I/O Controller enable vendors to deliver more cost-effective systems that scale to support the demands of the evolving home and small office storage market.

Powered by the Intel Atom processor D510, LG?s N4B2 NAS device performs fast "reads" and "writes" of large data files and allows up to 20 users to simultaneously stream high-definition-level (30Mbps) data within a local network.

The new platform features six PCI Express lanes, 12 USB 2.0 ports, a port multiplier function and eSATA ports. It also features hot plug capabilities for capacity upgrades and an integrated gigabit Ethernet MAC controller for improved data transfers to and from the home server or small office NAS device. The storage platform also offers the flexibility to support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open source Linux operating systems.

In addition to the introduction of the storage platform, Intel also announced two single-core Intel Atom processors, the N450 and D410, and the first dual-core Intel Atom processor, the D510, for embedded devices. With 7-year lifecycle support to meet the performance-per-watt requirements of embedded devices, the Intel Atom processor-based embedded platform is ideal for small, energy-efficient designs for print imaging, digital security surveillance and industrial market segments.

The three processors are paired with an I/O controller designed for the embedded market ? the Intel 82801HM I/O Controller ? for a 2-chip solution that provides rich I/O capabilities and adds flexibility via high-bandwidth interfaces, including PCI Express, PCI, SATA and USB 2.0 connectivity.

Product Highlights

  • Intel Embedded Flexible Design enables scalability for the first time on the Intel Atom processor, with minor BOM stuffing options.
  • Integrated graphics and memory controllers, built directly into the processor die.
  • Memory support for DDR2 667 MHz with up to 2 GB.
  • Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 supports LVDS and VGA ports for multiple connectivity options.
  • Dual cores deliver full parallel execution of multiple software threads, enabling higher levels of performance. (D510 only).
  • Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) 2 and Intel SSE3 enable software to accelerate data processing in specific areas, such as complex arithmetic and video decoding.
  • Enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep (C4/C4E) reduces power consumption by flushing cache data to system memory during periods of inactivity and forcibly reducing the performance state of the processor when entering a low-power state (N450 only).
  • Intel?s hafnium-based 45nm Hi-k metal gate silicon process technology
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology2 (two threads) provides high performance-perwatt efficiency in an in-order pipeline, and increased system responsiveness in multi-tasking environments. One execution core is seen as two logical processors, and parallel threads are executed on a single core with shared resources.
  • Dynamic L2 cache sizing reduces leakage due to transistor sleep mode.
  • Execute Disable Bit3 prevents certain classes of malicious "buffer overflow" attacks.

Tags: Atom, Intel

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