Tuesday, August 17th 2010

Intel Atom Processors Further Expand to Storage Appliances for Homes, Small Busineses

Backed by industry support of the Intel Atom processor optimized for networked storage appliances for the home and small business, Intel Corporation has added two new Intel Atom processors to further boost the company's focus on the platform.

Since Intel's initial foray in this area in March, leading storage manufacturers, including Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG Electronics, NETGEAR, QNAP, Super Micro, Synology and Thecus have announced products based on the energy-efficient Intel Atom processor platform.

Broadening its offerings for consumer and small business storage appliances, Intel is introducing the 1.80 GHz Intel Atom processor D425 single-core and D525 dual-core. These processors boost performance with higher CPU frequencies for faster storage processing and will support the new memory technology, double-data-rate three small outline dual in-line memory modules, also known as DDR3 SODIMM.

The new Intel Atom processors (D425 and D525) are paired with the Intel 82801 IR I/O Controller that delivers the input/output (I/O) connectivity to satisfy the growing throughput demands of leading storage vendors. Both additions to the storage platform offer the flexibility to support Microsoft Windows Home Server* and open source Linux operating systems.

"Networked storage appliances based on the Intel Atom processor platform enable consumers and businesses to organize, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home or office," said Dinesh Rao, product line manager, Intel Storage Group. "The versatile Atom processor, which is at the heart of a growing variety of small, innovative, Internet-connected devices, makes it possible 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."

Since March, storage manufacturers have adopted the Intel Atom processor D410 single-core and D510 dual-core, each paired with the Intel 82801 IR I/O Controller, to power these affordable network-attached storage (NAS) appliances for the home and small business. Storage vendor products featuring the Intel Atom processor-based platform are currently available and additional devices will be released later this year.

"LaCie recently introduced two storage servers that leverage Intel's Atom processor technology to deliver enterprise-level storage capabilities to small and medium businesses that were previously only experienced in large, corporate environments," said Erwan Girard, LaCie Solutions business unit manager. "The new servers include the perfect mix of corporate-grade features and intuitive management software, enclosed in an award-winning 5big design for your desktop, allowing these products to fit seamlessly into any business environment."

The updated Intel Atom processors for consumer and small business NAS appliances are currently shipping. Additional information is available here.
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8 Comments on Intel Atom Processors Further Expand to Storage Appliances for Homes, Small Busineses

#1
983264
Hmm..

This is what you call innovation... BTW, 1st to Post
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: 983264
BTW, 1st to Post
what are you? 5 years old?? get back to 4chan

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Ah....someone suggested an idea of having a Atom powerd router to increase data throughput. not a bad idea if you ask me. the added processing power will be good for those who run NAS boxes & Snap servers.
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983264
by: FreedomEclipse
what are you? 5 years old?? get back to 4chan
Heheh, sorry about that, I'm used of typing it ^^
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#4
HillBeast
by: 983264
Heheh, sorry about that, I'm used of typing it ^^
Yeah it's a habit which annoys people, so you may want to stop. As for the CPUs, gee Intel are going nuts with trying to get back into competing in the embedded systems market. I guess seeing the don't so the StrongARM chip (at least I think they don't), they don't want to be loosing to ARM or MIPS in those sectors. I reckon with their brains they can make some really awesome chips (especially if it's x86). Lets just hope these chips follow Intels policy of 'Expensive but worth it' rather than doing 'Expensive and slow'.
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#5
the_wolf88
I think Intel will be in great trouble after AMD launch there Fusion CPUs especially the one which will try take on Atom CPUs !
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#6
MomentoMoir
I think they are just trying to find ways of making money. Sticking Atom chips in other things besides PC oriented stuff makes it seem "innovative". Just goes to show they are hurting like the rest of us in this economy.
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#7
RejZoR
by: FreedomEclipse
what are you? 5 years old?? get back to 4chan

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Ah....someone suggested an idea of having a Atom powerd router to increase data throughput. not a bad idea if you ask me. the added processing power will be good for those who run NAS boxes & Snap servers.
Now, the question is, to use 1,6GHz Atom and get mediocre results or use a 400MHz dedicated packet sorting processor with excellent results because it's a dedicated unit.
Only thing is the problems for the R&D and problems with being dedicated units that can't be used for anything else.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
yeah I suggested that yesterday when it was announced they bought Texas Instruments Cable Modem Division.
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