Intel Core Duo goes to embedded market too

Posted on Tuesday, February 14 2006 @ 21:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel today provided extended lifecycle support for the Intel Core Duo processor used by developers of embedded solutions, such as industrial control, test and instrumentation, aerospace, defense and medical imaging systems.

Embedded system designers increasingly wrestle with two challenges: balancing performance with power efficiency and supporting general purpose and special purpose functionality in embedded applications. Intel Core Duo processors provide system designers with the performance, low power and flexibility to build innovation into embedded systems.

“Embedded system developers walk a tight–rope, balancing delivery of higher–performing systems against power envelope restrictions,” said Ton Steenman, general manager of Intel’s Infrastructure Processor Division. “Intel Core Duo processors are bringing the benefits of power efficient, multi–core processing to bear to help developers offer greater performance, innovation and capability in their embedded solutions.”

Two independent processing cores can support multiple operating systems simultaneously to provide design–flexibility for custom applications. Intel provides a full set of software tools, including compilers, performance analyzers and thread checkers, to assist developers in maximizing application performance and to fully exploit concurrent threading.

“We currently have four designs using the Intel Core Duo processor in various form factors, which allows us to deliver more features in the same footprint as a single core processor,” said Norbert Hauser, vice president of marketing for Kontron. “These designs will be used in a wide array of embedded solutions, such as in communications, medical, gaming and industrial control where they now are able to integrate the function of previously independent computers onto one single platform saving considerable cost and real estate.”

The Intel Core Duo processor combines high performance with innovative power management capabilities to minimize operational costs. Features such as Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology enable the system to dynamically regulate power to cores, caches and interconnects in response to changing processing requirements. The Intel Core Duo processor is supported by the Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset, which provides enhanced graphics, I/O bandwidth, storage speed and reliability for embedded system designs.

“We are using the latest power efficient Intel dual–core processor to develop a high performance, state–of–the art embedded module that will be used for compute–intensive applications,” said Wade Clowes, vice president for RadiSys Corporation.

The Intel Core Duo processor for designers of embedded systems is available now at speeds of 2.0 GHz and 1.66 GHz for $423 and $316, respectively, each in 1,000–unit quantities. Intel will offer a development kit for the Intel Core Duo processor with the Mobile Intel 945GM chipset priced at $1,500 and available within 30 days.

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