Intel releases Atom update

The never-battered chipmaker Intel has released an update to its Atom range.

The range is targeted at the great unwashed – being designed for home and small business storage appliances.

According to Intel, the updated chip has a performance boost and supports a new memory technology.

A 1.8GHz D425 (single core) and D525 (dual core) processors are paired with the Intel’s 82801 IR I/O controller that delivers the connectivity. It is designed to support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open source Linux.

According to Intel,  the processors include higher CPU frequencies for faster storage processing and will support next-generation memory technology DDR3 SO-DIMM s or small outline dual in-line memory module. SO-Dim is a memory which uses integrated circuits and Intel’s DDR3 SODIMM dual in-line memory modules offer double the I/O data rates of today’s SDRAM.

We have known since March that Intel was going to release a new Atom processor platform that was optimised for use in network attached storage (NAS) devices for home and small businesses. The writing was on the wall then.

That announcement talked about a 1.66GHz Atom D410 single core and D510 dual core processors bundled with the company’s 82801IR controller to create a hardware platform optimised for processing higher-intensity I/O workloads through hyper-threading, or parallelisation of computations, and optimised data handling firmware.

This design speeds up popular consumer applications such as video processing by as much as 85 percent, claims the chip giant.

However the new one has a lot more going for it including six PCI Express lanes, 12 USB ports, and two eSATA ports.

Already Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG Electronics, Netgear, Super Micro, Synology and Thecus have signed up to offer products based on the new Atom processor platform, Intel claims.

Storage vendor products featuring the Intel Atom processor-based platform are currently available and additional devices will be released later this year, it added.

What the technology enables is for storage vendors to develop low-power appliances that can innocuously sit on a desk or shelf “while keeping digital content safe and available anytime, anywhere.”