Intel Rolls-Out Second-Generation Server-Class Atom “Avoton” Processor

Intel Reveals New Atom “Avoton” System-on-Chips for Datacenters

by Anton Shilov
09/04/2013 | 10:50 PM

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.