We've already reported on Intel's upcoming Centerton Atom SoCs that are expected to arrive around Q2 next year, but it seems like this might be the saviour of Intel's Atom processors in the long run. This is one of the few market spaces where Intel can really compete with ARM, as an ARM processor in a NAS doesn't generally offer the kind of performance an x86 chip can, not even that of an Atom processor.

We've already reported on Intel's upcoming Centerton Atom SoCs that are expected to arrive around Q2 next year, but it seems like this might be the saviour of Intel's Atom processors in the long run. This is one of the few market spaces where Intel can really compete with ARM, as an ARM processor in a NAS doesn't generally offer the kind of performance an x86 chip can, not even that of an Atom processor.

Digitimes is reporting that Intel is shifting a lot more of its focus towards Centerton which is designed for the NAS and entry-level server market. As a single chip SoC this is an ideal chip for this market space, although an external storage controller is still needed. At least Intel has been smart this time around and offered plenty of PCI Express lanes so a wide range of add-in storage controllers could be added for various market segments.

Intel already holds a fair share of the NAS market with its Atom processors, but most are far from ideal as we're looking at two or three chip solutions with poor support for anything but software RAID. This is something Centerton would address by allowing third party storage controllers to be used and we have a feeling Intel will have some solutions of its own to pair of up with the new Atom chips.

It's a logical move as there has been a sharp drop in the sales of netbooks, even though Intel will have a new platform ready before the end of the year which should be more appealing to consumers thanks to full HD video playback and HDMI connectivity to mention a couple of key features Intel has finally added. We'll see how things unfold for Intel, as the company should finally be making a big push into the tablet and smartphone market come next year, but the company is going to have a rough time staying competitive here against the latest generation of ARM processors which are also expected to arrive next year.

Source: Digitimes