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Energy efficient Atom platform fits SOHO storage apps

Posted: 11 Mar 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Atom platform  processor  storage device  network-attached storage 

Intel Corp. debuts its first Atom processor-based energy efficient platform optimised for networked home and small office/home office (SOHO) storage devices.

The platform consists of the Intel Atom processor D410 single-core or D510 dual-core and the Intel 82801IR I/O controller and delivers the processing performance and I/O connectivity required to meet the throughput demands of leading storage vendors such as LaCie, LG Electronics, QNAP, Synology and Thecus.

Home server and SOHO network-attached storage (NAS) devices based on the new Intel Atom processor- based platform act as centralised hubs that organise, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home and small office. This makes it possible to keep digital content safe and available anytime, anywhere. "NAS systems have traditionally been found in businesses to manage, store and access data," said Seth Bobroff, general manager, Intel data centre group, storage. "Today, households and small offices have an ever-increasing number of computers, laptops, netbooks and mobile phones that create and consume digital content. This advancement in mobility coupled with the explosive growth of data and media are creating the need for centralised, easy-to-use network storage solutions for the home and small office."

With an up to 50 per cent power reduction and improved performance1 compared to Intel's previous generation of Intel Atom processors, the new Intel Atom processors paired with the Intel 82801IR I/O Controller enable vendors to deliver cost-effective, feature-rich and reliable systems that scale to support the demands of the evolving home and small office storage market.

"The introduction of Intel's Atom processor is a critical advancement that will dramatically change the scale of storage solutions across LaCie's target markets," said Erwan Girard, professional business unit manager, LaCie. "We are excited to work with Intel and leverage this game-changing technology to offer a new level of powerful and robust features to our customers."

Powered by the Intel Atom processor D510, LG's N4B2 NAS device performs fast "reads" and "writes" of large data files and allows up to 20 users to simultaneously stream high-definition-level (30Mbps) data within a local network. "As multimedia libraries grow, so does the need for secure, redundant storage," said Dong-Keun Lee, VP, DS division, LG. "Network-attached storage has become more than just a fancy disc drive. It is now a secure, redundant vault for your irreplaceable photos, songs and documents. With the innovative, fast data processing features of N4B2, we are emerging as a leader in this segment."

The new platform features six PCIe lanes, 12 USB 2.0 ports, a port multiplier function and eSATA ports that give OEMs the ability to add peripheral devices and expand storage capacity outside of the box. It also features hot plug capabilities for easy capacity upgrades and an integrated gigabit c MAC controller for improved data transfers to and from the home server or small office NAS device. The storage platform also offers the flexibility to support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open source Linux OS.

Tailored for embedded
In addition to the introduction of the storage platform, Intel also announced two single-core Intel Atom processors, the N450 and D410, and the first dual-core Intel Atom processor, the D510, for embedded devices. With seven-year lifecycle support to meet the performance-per-watt requirements of embedded devices, the Intel Atom processor-based embedded platform is suitable for small, energy-efficient designs for print imaging, digital security surveillance and industrial market segments.

The three processors are paired with an I/O controller designed for the embedded market—the Intel 82801HM I/O controller—for a two-chip solution that provides rich I/O capabilities and adds flexibility via high-bandwidth interfaces, including PCIe, PCI, serial ATA and USB 2.0 connectivity.





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