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Processor Whispers: About Armadas And Sinking Chips

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    Processor Whispers: About armadas and sinking chips - The H: Security news and Open source developments (click for full article)

    "Until now, things haven't been going well for Intel in the TV market. A new media processor is supposed to help it gain a foothold with set-top boxes, and concerning the television business, Intel has further grandiose plans. AMD minimally increased its market share in the past year, but suffered severe losses in the server sector. The new Opteron 3200 family is supposed to turn the tides.


    Just two and a half years ago, Intel presented the Atom SoC CE4100 (Sodaville), especially designated for smart TVs and set-top boxes, with much hoopla at the IDF. Back then, the idea was to conquer the TV market together with partners like Logitech and Google - after the earlier plan with Yahoo and its widgets didn't work out well. The new plan was Google TV. But only Sony integrated the CE4100 and Google TV into one of its TVs; Intel wasn't able to convince other manufacturers to get on board. Ultimately, the exasperated Californians gave up their plans to somehow get their Atoms directly into the TVs. Instead, they are now destined to find their way into set-top or companion boxes and media gateways.


    Google, for its part, faced initial difficulties with the software. With the first Google TV version, consumers complained about a cumbersome handling and a lack of appealing content. After taking large losses, Logitech was left with no other choice than to withdraw from the project altogether; and Logitech's boss announced that Google TV's launch was a big fail.


    Undaunted, in a second attempt, Sony sedulously presented the new media player NSZ-G27 at this year's CES. However, there's no Atom inside it, but a dual-core ARM processor, probably from Marvell. The devices are scheduled to launch in the US and Europe this summer and are supposed to help Google TV 2.0 (Android 3.1) succeed this time. Seemingly, though, Intel's Atoms haven't been invited to the party, Google only mentioned ARM. The Bermudan company Marvell was apparently able to sink Intel's whole fleet of Atoms with its Armada 1500HD. It's no small irony that the hearts of these chips are successors of the Xscale processor, which Intel sold to Marvell for $600 million in 2006."
     
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    Exclusive : Intel Atom For Servers CPU To Launch In June? | ITProPortal.com (click for full article)

    "Is Intel going to launch an Atom processor aimed at the server market? Well according to one source within the component community, it might well be the case with June being pegged as the month where "[a] more specific report of it should be out".


    Atom processors have initially been targetting the netbook market when that form factor was all rage a few years ago. It was then widely adopted for the consumer electronics market (to power the Boxee Box and Google TV for example), while its Medfield iteration is now powering smartphones.


    Last week, we received a press release about a new range of memory modules being launched by ADATA, which are DDR3L SO-DIMM models with support for ECC.


    The products are available in 4GB and 8GB sizes with speeds of 1333MHz and 1600MHz respectively as well as a lower voltage of 1.35V. It also listed "Intel Bromolow/ ATOM platform support" at the end of the document (Bromolow being the name of Intel's platform that combines the Xeon E3-1200 series - which goes down to 20W and the C200 chipset).


    It is not the first time that a company has released ECC DDR3L SO-DIMM modules; SemiAccurate had a picture of a Samsung-based piece since last year, Micron already has similar products (MT18KSF25672HZ, MT18KSF51272HZ & MT18KSF1G72HZ) and Kingston also manufacturers a number of such parts."
     
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