IDF2010: Intel launches Atom chips for embedded apps and internet connectivity


IDF2010: Intel launches Atom chips for embedded apps and internet connectivity

Jenny Williams

Intel has launched 'Tunnel Creek', a family of Atom processors for embedded applications in smart grid devices, car entertainment systems and IP media phones.

Intel vice-president Douglas Davis unveiled the Intel Atom E600 System-on-a-chip (SoC) processor in his keynote speech at Intel's Developer Forum in San Francisco. He said the Intel Atom brand is playing an important role in delivering intelligent computing to internet-connected devices.

The SoC integrates additional capabilities onto the chip, and features an open interconnect to make it easier to design and customise the products, said the firm.

Davis also previewed its reconfigurable Atom processor, codenamed 'Stellarton', which combines its E600 processor with an Altera FPGA to enable developers to quickly change requirements. In addition, the Intel Atom processor CE4200 was introduced, designed to integrate television with the internet in set-top boxes, including 3D support and H.264 high-definition encoding capability.

Davis demonstrated Intel's SoC on mobile devices, such as its WeTab running MeeGo, Cisco Cius running Android and Dell previewed its Intel Atom processor-based mobile device, available later this year.

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