In the near future Intel will launch Evansport platform for home media and NAS devices, including portable (battery operated) ones. The new platform is based on a system on a chip (SoC), which integrates Atom processor and a handful of media processing units and communication interfaces. The platform will support 32-bit Linux operating system, and it will be launched in the Q4 2012.
The Evansport SoC employs dual-core Atom processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz. Each processor's core has its own dedicated caches: 32 KB instruction and 24 KB data L1, and 512 KB L2. The chip incorporates dual-channel memory controller, that supports up to 2 GB of DDR3-1600 memory. Other integrated components on the SoC include multi-format decoder, H.264 encoder, PowerVR SGX545 3D graphics, dual audio DSPs, Transport processor and Security engine. The video decoder is able to decode VC1, MPEG2, MPEG4, DivX, H.264 and AVS video, as well as JPEG images, in hardware. Security engine can work with such encryption standards as AES, 3DES, SHA, RSA, C2/CSA. The SoC also contains a number of controllers, which provide such interfaces as SATA II (2 ports), USB 2.0 (3 ports), PCI Express 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Smartcard, UART, I2C, SPI, and several others. The processor supports HDMI 1.4a interface, and is capable of playing 1080p HD or Blu-Ray video. The chip is expected to have ultra low power consumption, with TDP in the range of 10 - 15 Watt. Currently, 2 slightly different SKUs are planned. The first SKU will support all features, mentioned above, whereas the second SKU will lack encoder unit.