Intel’s second generation 64-bit Intel Atom C2000 system-on-chip (SoC) designs are targeting microservers and entry networking platforms. They are the company’s first products based on the Silvermont micro-architecture, with 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process.
Intel also announced an integrated silicon photonics cable for connecting dense servers generally used in webscale environments as well as an Atom designed for the wireless equipment business.
Ericsson announced that its blade-based switches used in the Ericsson Cloud System, will soon include the Intel Atom C2000 SoC product family. Intel’s Diane Bryant said the company had more than 50 partners building products using the new parts.
Cloud-based radio networks could trigger a new business model – software, not hardware, runs the show. Centralized signal processing in the cloud connects to multiple antennas through 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Only a tiny radio head need be deployed, lowering cost and power dramatically. Tiny TD-LTE basestations, with 40 MHz of bandwidth, will allow “wireless cable” and other services in urban cores.
China Mobile has over 900,000 3G base stations. It would like to replace hardware at cell sites with standard server hardware running in a datacenter.
Intel can support up to 100 base stations in a single server. Two Core i7 servers running the basestation can be offloaded to another server, load balancing.
In other news, the upcoming Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, the Atom Z3770, is a quad-core chip running at 1.47 GHz. According to AnandTech it scores almost as well in the Cinebench test as a 2011-era Intel Pentium processor. That’s about 3 times better than what you’d expect from an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, and about what you’d expect from a 2010 Core 2 Duo chip.