Details of a pair of new embedded processors from chip giant Intel have leaked out ahead of an official announcement, offering more details about the company's ongoing assault against low-power giant ARM.
The new chips are aimed at embedded computing markets, and as a result won't be making it to retail channels. Instead, the parts will be sold to OEMs for insertion into control systems, set-top boxes, industrial equipment, and the like - and Intel has added some neat features to ensure that its latest creations offer a competitive product in a market which the company has traditionally failed to adequately address.
The first part, the Intel Embedded Celeron B810E, is an embedded version of the existing B810 chip. According to CPU-World's database - which, it has to be said, is relying on as-yet unofficial specifications pending a launch announcement from Intel - the chip includes two 1.6GHz Sandy Bridge cores built on a 32nm manufacturing process, each with 32KB instruction and data caches, two 256KB L2 caches, and a single shared 2MB L3 cache.
The 64-bit chip includes EM64T technology, hardware virtualisation extensions, and Intel's Enhanced SpeedStep technology to keep power draw and heat output below the rated 35W thermal design power. An integrated graphics processor runs at 650MHz, and has the option of automatically overclocking to 1GHz in Turbo Mode when the host system requires extra oomph.
For those who require a lower power part, the Embedded Celeron B810E is to be joined by the 847E - a 17W part. While all the features of its bigger brother are supported, including virtualisation extensions, a 2MB shared cache, and Enhanced SpeedStep, Intel has dropped the dual-core part down to 1.1GHz to keep power draw at a minimum. The graphics core has also had its specs slashed, with CPU-World claiming a 350MHz default speed jumping to 800MHz in Turbo mode.
With both parts expected to launch in the third quarter of this year - at as-yet unannounced prices - it remains to be seen if Intel can tempt the embedded market away from the many designs that come out of British giant ARM.