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Although Intel Corp.’s Quark system-on-chips for ultra-low-power devices do not really power a lot of commercial products and are mostly aimed at various universities, inventors and startups, Intel is already working on the next-generation Quark, which is code-named “Dublin Bay”. No actual details about the new SoCs are known at present.

Designed in Ireland, the Quark X1000-series system-on-chips integrate a single-thread Pentium-class P54C core operating at clock-rates up to 400MHz with 16KB L1 cache, 512KB L2 cache amd a single-channel DDR3/LPDDR2/LPDDR3 memory controller with ECC capability. The SoCs also contain a host of industry-standard I/O interfaces, including ACPI, PCI Express, SD, USB 2.0 and so on. The SoC feature 2.2W – 2.3W thermal design power and are made using 32nm fabrication process. Intel sells various versions of Quark X1000 for $9.63 – $13.39. The Quark devices are the cheapest x86 SoCs.

Next year Intel plans to release its next-generation Quark processor, which is code-named “Dublin Bay.” Expreview claims that the new SoCs will continue to feature one processing engine and 2W TDP, but probably the company will add certain features to address specific types of devices. What is unknown is whether the Quark “Dublin Bay” will be made using 22nm or 14nm low-power fabrication processes. Given that Intel’s 2015 Atom processors are going to be made using 14nm LP manufacturing technology, it is likely that the new Quarks will be manufactured using the same process as well.

Intel Quark chips are designed for ultra-small and low power products, Internet of Things-class devices, smart consumer products, robots, home appliances and wearable computing devices. So far Intel has not demonstrated a lot of prototypes based on the Quark X1000 system-on-chips, but the company has created a number of development platforms (Galileo, Edison, etc.) that will help the interested parties to design their devices based on the Quark and x86 architecture.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Quark, Pentium, P54C, Atom, 22nm, 14nm, 32nm, Quark X1000, Quark X2000, Dublin Bay

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