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Intel debuts 'Tunnel Creek' SoC

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded system? smart grid? interconnect? H.264?

Intel has taken the wraps off its E600 Atom-based SoC designed for embedded systems such as in-vehicle infotainment systems or media phones. Dubbed "Tunnel Creek," the platform was unveiled at keynote presentations at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).

The chip giant outlined several software- and hardware-related efforts as part of its plans for its SoC product line. Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Embedded and Communications Group, launched the E600 SoC processor series, a line targeted at in-vehicle infotainment systems for cars, smart grid devices, IP media phones and other embedded systems with extra capabilities integrated into the chip as well as an open interconnect for added flexibility. Interconnect chipsets will soon be available from vendors such as OKI Semiconductor, Realtek Semiconductor, and STMicroelectronics. Dialog Semiconductor and ROHM Co. plan to come up with silicon offerings that will regulate voltages and synchronize clocks, Davis said.

He also introduced the Intel Atom processor CE4200, codenamed "Groveland," which will integrate the Internet experience with TV with its support for 3-D, H.264 high-definition encoding for usage models such as "sync-and-go" between networked consumer electronics and portable devices, and multiple input streams. It also features smart power management features and a software development kit.

Intel also launched its own app store at the IDF. Dubbed the Intel AppUPSM center, it is designed for netbook users and carries free and paid software applications for entertainment, social networking, gaming and productivity.

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