ARM may dominate in the embedded systems market, but Intel is also extremely keen on competiting in that same segment as well. And the chip giant now has the silicon to do so: what was once a project codenamed as only as Tunnel Creek is now Intel’s new Atom E600 SoC processor series, specially developed for embedded applications.
Are you ready to accept an x86 processor into the embedded systems market? What was once a project codenamed as only as Tunnel Creek is now the chip giant’s new Atom E600 SoC processor series, specially developed for embedded applications.
According to the specs released by Intel in its E6XX Platform Overview documents, the new Atom-based system-on-a-chip will include a “45nm Atom processor” which comes with 512K of L2 cache, 24K data and 32K instruction L1 cache. Also integrated into the E6XX processor series are Intel’s GMA 600 graphics engine which supports OpenGL ES2.0, OpenGL 2.1, hardware-accelerated HD video decoding, up to 2GB of built-in DDR2 memory, as well as support for hardware-assisted Intel VT-x.
In addition, every E6XX processor will be available in two distinct versions: a standard commercial version and a version optimized for industrial use, denoted by the additional ‘T’ at the back of the product name, as shown below:
No mention has been made about the new processors’ availability though, so when Intel will decide to release these chips to OEMs is really anyone’s guess.
Source: Intel E6XX Platform Brief