Intel launches new CE5300 series media processors

Intel on Monday announced new media system-on-a-chips (SoC), based on CE5300 Atom processors. The chips are aimed at Network-attached storage devices, and offer such features as simultaneous transcoding of multiple video streams, and content encryption. A few companies, including Asustor, Synology and Thecus, are planning to launch new NAS products with CE5300 Atom SoCs at CeBIT show.

Intel hardly provided any details about released products, stating only that new processors have 2 CPU cores, and mentioning only CE5315 SKU. More details of CE5300 series were disclosed by VR-Zone last year. According to VR-Zone, the CE5300 chips are built on 32nm architecture, and have 2 CPU cores with Hyper-Threading. The parts incorporate Crypto engine, as well as a number of interfaces, such as SATA ports, PC-Express interface, and three USB ports. Intel planned eight different SKUs, and some of them may have already launched last year. The most basic models are CE5310 and CE5320, both clocked at 1.2 GHz. The CE5315, that was referenced in Intel's press release, also runs at 1.2 GHz, and has a video encoder unit. The lineup also includes CE5328 and CE5348 SoCs, that add a video enhancement feature, called Picture Quality Engine (PQE). On top of that, the CE5348 has 1.8 GHz clock speed. Atom CE5318 and CE5338, clocked at 1.2 GHz and 1.8 GHz respectively, have both video encoder and PQE, but lack HDMI input. These processors are targeted for smart TVs. Preliminary specifications of these chips are provided below:

ModelCores / ThreadsFrequencyVideo encoderPQEHDMI input
CE5310 2 / 4 1.2 GHz - - ?
CE5315 2 / 4 1.2 GHz + - +
CE5320 2 / 4 1.2 GHz - - ?
CE5318 2 / 4 1.2 GHz + + -
CE5328 2 / 4 1.2 GHz + + +
CE5338 2 / 4 1.8 GHz + + -
CE5343 2 / 4 1.8 GHz - + +
CE5348 2 / 4 1.8 GHz + + +
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