Intel’s Atom was mostly known as a low-end chip for mobile devices that underperformed. That may not be the case anymore.
The latest Atom C3000 chips announced on Tuesday have up to 16 cores and are more sophisticated than ever. The chips are made for storage arrays, networking equipment, and internet of things devices.
The new chips have features found mostly in server chips, including networking, virtualization, and error correction features.
Networking and storage devices don’t require a lot of horsepower, so the low-power Atom chips fit right in. Only a handful of Intel server chips have more than 16 cores, but the number of Atom cores means the chip can handle more streams of data.
that could crash servers and networking equipment. Intel has provided a temporary fix, but the company is working on a permanent fix.
Intel also introduced new Xeon D-1500 chips for networking and storage gear that require quicker turnover of processed data. The chips integrate 10-gigabit ethernet controllers and have a technology called QuickAssist to drive throughput of compressed data up to 40Gbps (bits per second).