Intel targets small businesses with Atom chips


Intel has launched two new Atom processors targeted at small businesses, offering enhanced storage processing capability.

The 1.8GHz Intel Atom D425 single-core and D525 dual-core processors provide higher CPU frequencies to achieve faster storage processing and improved performance.

They also offer support for DDR3 SODIMM the next-generation memory technology with improved input/output (I/O) data rates.

The chips have been combined with the Intel 82801 IR I/O Controller to deliver the I/O connectivity, and both the D425 and D525 support Microsoft Windows Home Server and Linux operating systems.

"Networked storage appliances based on the Intel Atom processor platform enable consumers and businesses to organise, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home or office," said Dinesh Rao, product line manager for the Intel Storage Group.

"The versatile Atom processor, which is at the heart of a growing variety of small, innovative, internet-connected devices, makes it possible for storage vendors to develop low-power appliances that can innocuously sit on a desk or shelf while keeping digital content safe and available anytime, anywhere."

Another acquisition

The processor launches were announced within hours of Intel revealing it had agreed to acquire Texas Instruments' cable modem division.

Intel will use the purchase to ramp up its efforts in the cable industry and related consumer electronics markets.

The processor giant will bring its skills in creating system-on-chip products, based on Intel Atom processors, to the related industries.

"Adding the talents of the Texas Instruments' cable team to Intel's efforts to bring its advanced technology to consumer electronics makes for a compelling combination," said Bob Ferreira, general manager for the cable segment in Intel's Digital Home Group.

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