Intel Corp. on Wednesday introduced its second-generation Atom C2000 product family of system-on-chip (SoC) designs for microservers and cold storage platforms (Avoton) and for entry networking platforms (Rangeley). The chips are made using 22nm process technology, are based on Silvermont micro-architecture and come in different configurations to satisfy different needs of different customers.
Intel Atom "Avoton" C2000 system-on-chips are based on 64-bit out-of-order Silvermont micro-architecture and deliver up to seven times higher overall performance than previous-gen offerings. The new SoCs feature two, four or eight x86 cores, up to 4MB of cache, dual-channel ECC DDR3/L memory controller, up to 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes (and up to 4 PCIe 2.0 controllers), up to four 2.5GbE ports, up to six Serial ATA ports and up to four USB 2.0 connectors. The new chips support Turbo Boost, virtualization (VT-x) technology as well as AES new instructions.
Manufactured using Intel's leading 22nm process technology, the new Intel Atom C2000 product family features up to eight cores, a range of 6W to 20W TDP, integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory, eight times the previous generation.
Intel is delivering 13 specific models (five for microservers and another eight for communications infrastructure) with customized features and accelerators that are optimized for particular lightweight workloads such as entry dedicated hosting, distributed memory caching, static web serving and content delivery to ensure greater efficiency. The designs allow Intel to expand into new markets like cold storage and entry-level networking.
For example, the new Intel Atom configurations for entry networking address the specialized needs for securing and routing Internet traffic more efficiently. The product features a set of hardware accelerators called Intel QuickAssist technology that improves cryptographic performance. They are ideally suited for routers and security appliances.
By consolidating three communications workloads – application, control and packet processing – on a common platform, providers now have tremendous flexibility. They will be able to meet the changing network demands while adding performance, reducing costs and improving time-to-market.
Ericsson, a world-leading provider of communications technology and services announced that its blade-based switches used in the Ericsson Cloud System, a solution which enables service providers to add cloud capabilities to their existing networks, will soon include the Intel Atom C2000 SoC product family.
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I find it very strange that we know so little about the performance of this "revolutionary" architecture. If it's so good, why is Intel so shy to demonstrate it ?
We had almost a full Haswell review (THG) months before the official launch, while Haswell didn't bring more than a 5% performance improvement.
We're sure that Silvermont it will be faster than the catastrophic in-order Atoms that brought us 1999 Pentium III performance in 2008 for 2008 money.
But how does this compare to AMD's Jaguar based SoCs?
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They were only just announced. You will not be able to buy them loose. These are primarily designed for server and network purposes that will require custom designed boards / cases.
And very few tech sites have the ability to benchmark a file server processor or a router / switch processor before its in a final product.
09/05/13 09:23:12 PM]
Yup for servers and networks serving as a main processor for Intel branded unified coprocessor platform.
Well none benchmark this because they didt get brief from intel what to benchmark, and yet this is just paper-type product not something sent to mainstream sites to do some benchmark. ANd in whole it aint some SuperPi overclockers cruncher but product designed so intel could further monopolize market once dominated with bunch of third party coprocessor designers like LSI, Marvell and such companies. Maybe not exactly those two as they're ones Silicon Valley based but there are bunch of smaller ones, on virge of non existence, intel will buy out for cheap or they'll simply shut down.
09/09/13 05:23:22 PM]
Kiddy. This beast is intend to do to NAS market as did Banias did for laptops. And it should totally wipe out even the slightest chances for "long cumbersomely delayed by crappy GloFo process" Jaguar that was announced as possible LowPower solution to crappy Atoms announced last year for same servr purposes.
Besides Jaguar for a year cannot be designed with 8-cores and LP in same sentence. No matter that even 28nm Jag even might came way under 20W but it CANNOT FEATURE all these craps Intel stuffed in its SoC by design ... "Big Guys Have Their Own Fabs" kind of renowned suck story for competition
And this Atom obviously inherits good old unified cache from Conroes up to now excellent feature for LP and yet good amount of cache ... something AMD never digest up to now.
Only crap is that this even cannot be properly used in Home Made AdHoc NAS if someone would make vanilla motherboard for it as it features only two, probably crappy, SATA 3 lanes while the rest of features reside on pricey peripherals PCIe lanes. And only FOUR GbE connections for "Network Substitute Processor". Looks like someone deliberately cut many things just to keep prices on coprocessor equipment attached to PCIe lanes high enough (khm. yet once again Intel ... ala-Thunderbolt). And also by reducing marketed power consumption oof chip itself which if bunched with features like TWO 10GbE and 8 SATA3 lines will probably heat this baby way over 30W.
09/09/13 05:13:37 PM]
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