by Anton Shilov
10/16/2012 | 11:54 PM
Intel Corp. plans to seriously redesign next-generation Atom "Avoton" microprocessor for micro-servers in a bid to offer higher performance and better functionality. A media report suggests that Avoton may feature up to eight cores and up to 4MB of cache.
Intel's next-gen platform for micro-servers - code-named Edisonville - will incorporate Atom "Avoton" microprocessors with Silvermont architecture with the number of cores ranging from two to as many as a eight, reports MyDrivers web-site citing internal its sources. At present it is unknown whether Avoton is a multi-chip module incorporating two Valleyview processors, or a separate chip built from scratch. Avoton will also integrated Ethernet, Serial ATA, USB and other input/output capabilities. It is expected that thermal design power of Avoton will range from 5W to 20W, whereas clock-speeds will range from 1.20GHz to 2.40GHz.
Intel Atom "ValleyView" and "Avoton" central processing units will be rather revolutionary as they will be based on 64-bit out-of-order code-named Silvermont micro-architecture, support up to quad-core (consumer) and up to eight-core (micro-server) configurations, feature dual-channel DDR3L memory controller with ECC, will feature seventh-generation Intel integrated graphics found in Core i-series 3000-family "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors, will integrate numerous fixed-function accelerators as well as input/output features, greatly improving user experience while making Atom-based solutions thinner and sleeker.
The Silvermont micro-architecture seems to be very scalable both in terms of performance and power consumption. Therefore, Intel will be able to more successfully compete against ARM and its partners when it comes to devices that need either performance or long battery life.
Intel Avoton and Valleyview chips are projected to emerge in late 2013.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.