Intel launches first configurable Atom-based Processor

Intel has announced its configurable AtomTM processor E600C series, which it claims gives more flexibility and can handle design changes without the need for complicated hardware.

The configurable series, features an Intel AtomTM  E600 processor – formerly codenamed “Tunnel Creek” – paired with an Altera Arria II GX Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) in a single package which lowers development costs.  In addition, the processor offers board space savings and better inventory control, which Intel says is down to  a simplified manufacturing flow.  

Based on Intel’s architecture, the Intel Atom E600C processor series also claims to give original equipment manufacturers  flexibility to incorporate a wide range of standard and user-defined I/O interfaces, high-speed connectivity, memory interfaces and process acceleration.  

It says this makes the processor ideal for industrial machines, portable medical equipment, communications gear, vision systems, voice over Internet protocol devices, high-performance programmable logic controllers and embedded computers.

Formerly codenamed “Stellarton,” the Intel Atom processors E665CT, E645CT, E665C, and E645C are scheduled to be available within 60 days. The E625CT and E625C are on track to be available in the first quarter of 2011.  Prices range from $61 to $106 in quantities of 1,000.