Intel announced configurable Atom E600C processors
In the middle of September Intel launched new Atom platform, which included eight Atom E600-series System-on-a-Chip (SoC) models, and EG20T Platform Controller Hub. During the launch, Intel announced plans to release in 2011 a variation of E600 SoCs, codenamed Stellarton, that would integrate the E600 CPU core with Altera Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Two days ago, on November 22, these SoCs were formally introduced. The new E600C processors are aimed at various market segments, that require improved system flexibility and ability to make quick design changes. In official announcement, Intel referred to such markets as industrial machines, portable medical equipment, vision systems, and others. The Atom E600C family consists of 6 models, that differ by operating frequency, from 600 MHz to 1.3 GHz, and operating temperature range. The processors will be available within 60 days, with the exception of E625C and E625CT models, that will available in the first quarter 2011.
As we already mentioned, the latest Atom E600C series SoCs integrate E600 CPU core and Altera FPGA on one package. The E600 is a single-core CPU with 56 KB level 1 and 512 KB level 2 caches. The CPU core is manufactured on 45nm technology, and it features support for SIMD instructions, up to SSE3, and HyperThreading and Virtualization technologies. The SoC incorporates a number of additional components, such as memory controller, graphics and display controller, PCIe interface, HD audio, and several other interfaces. Despite of the large number of integrated components, the core has low Thermal Design Power, from 2.7 to 3.6 Watt depending on frequency, although TDP of the package could be higher due to additional power required by FPGA. The E600C models are packaged in FC-BGA package, which has larger size, and twice as many contact as the package of E600-series processors. Prices for E600C SoCs start at $61 for the E625C model, and go up to $106 for E665CT.