Next-gen Atom to feature 8 cores, OOE and Turbo Boost

By on October 18, 2012, 6:30 PM

Intel's next generation Atom-based SoC is on the way and Xbit Labs provides some of the details. Dubbed Avoton, Intel's upcoming system-on-a-chip will be based on 22nm Silvermont architecture and feature eight cores sharing 4MB of L2 cache (1MB per core pair). By the way, the bulk of this information seems to originate from this Chinese website.

Ideal for low-power "micro servers" -- and key to Intel's Edisonville platform -- Avoton's eight-core processors will feature frequencies of 1.6GHz to 2.4GHz. The Silvermont-based cores will provide OOE (out-of-order execution) and Turbo Boost (or possibly a similar technology by a different name), making for some potentially significant improvements in performance over current generation Centerton products. The Tubo Boost-like feature will allow clock speeds of up to 2.7GHz which is impressive since the CPUs will have a thermal design power of merely 6 to 8.5 watts, according to CPU-World. In its entirety, the Avoton SoC will run a TDP somewhere between 6 to 20 watts. 

Additionally, Avoton aims to improve on Centerton's formula by integrating more features on-die, including gigabit ethernet, USB 2.0 and SATA 3 -- items currently missing from the platform. 

With AMD's recent rumors of impending mass layoffs, Intel seems to be faring better than its smaller competitor these days. AMD's diversity is likely to be a key reason it stays afloat though, with popular Radeon GPUs and solid budget CPU / APU offerings.

The Avoton SoC is expected to arrive alongside Edisonville during the second-half of 2013.

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ikesmasher said:

Im confused. low power server=Ferrari with camry engine?

dawei1993 said:

Octacore ATOM cpu? hmm

wujj123456 said:

"eight cores sharing 4MB of L2 cache (1MB per core)"

Someone got a math problem here. I bet it's the regular 4-core HT.

Willbur73 Willbur73 said:

Im confused. low power server=Ferrari with camry engine?

No. Tough to compare with cars, with my limited car knowledge, but the point isn't for the SoC to pose as a Ferrari.

Basically, it would be like comparing a 1st-gen i7 and a 3rd gen i7. Way more power, on a smaller size. So you save power most of all, without sacrificing much, if any, from traditional server setups.

So having a server farm with these new chips would drastically reduce the power consumption. And the more servers you have, the more power you are saving, really.

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

"eight cores sharing 4MB of L2 cache (1MB per core)"

Someone got a math problem here. I bet it's the regular 4-core HT.

Yea the source (cpu-world) says:

"The CPU part of the Avoton SoC will pack from 2 to 8 Atom cores. Each pair of cores will share 1 MB L2 cache, therefore the 8-core version of the chip will have 4 MB of level 2 cache."

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm actually looking forward to this, the HP MicroServer N40L would benefit a lot from a processor like this

lchu12 lchu12 said:

Love progress.

Jesse Jesse said:

These could be really fun! I wonder what the pricing is going to be like.

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