Intel’s Atom line has never been known for performance. Targeted primarily at mobile devices, the Atom chips were geared more towards efficiency than anything else. That has now changed however, as Intel has announced the latest Atom C3000 processor family, which have up to 16 physical cores and come with numerous pro-grade features.
The Atom C3000 ‘Denverton’ chips are targeted at the enterprise segment, and thus borrow various features from the company’s Xeon processor family. These new processors aren’t in the same league as the Xeon family in terms out outright performance, but the high efficiency and 16 cores means the chips can easily handle more data streams.
The Intel Atom C3000 chips have a TDP of just 9W, enabling maximum energy efficiency. The lineup includes chips with 2 to 16 cores and frequencies from 1.5 GHz to 2.2 GHz. They come with built-in hardware virtualization to enable dynamic provisioning of services, including Intel VT-d. Other key features include Intel X86 64-bit software support for broad application compatibility, Integrated Intel QuickAssist technology with up to 20 Gbps of compression/encryption throughput, 4 x 10 GbE integrated Intel Ethernet, Error-correcting code (ECC) memory support, and enhanced durability for dense network, storage, Industrial IoT and autonomous driving environments.
The Intel Atom processor C3000 product family is said to be currently sampling and is expected to enter mass production by the middle of this year.