Intel Goes for Vertical Markets with Cedar Trail Atom CPUs
On the heels of Intel’s latest attempt at Atom CPU proliferation in phones comes its latest Atom CPU development, codenamed “Cedar Trail.” These Atom processors are outfitted with new features for tons of channel-ready markets. Read on for the feature list and implications …
The Atom CPU has received some considerable upgrades over the last four years, and the Cedar Trail Atom CPUs are no exception. Intel has imbued these tiny 32nm chips with hardwired graphics support for decoding 1080p media, along with an upgraded memory controller chip, allowing more addressable RAM at faster rates. Translation? Less CPU bottle-necking and more speed. Intel has also gone with the 32nm size in an effort to recede power consumption and, according to Intel, the Cedar Trail-outfitted devices could maintain “up to 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby.” Your mileage will vary, but a 20 percent drop in power consumption from its predecessors is great, especially for mobile users in all environments.
Intel has made a noticeable push for the healthcare vertical with these CPUs, both for caregiver productivity and patient entertainment. The Cedar Trail Atoms also have been uniquely outfield with Intel’s wireless display and music streaming technology, so a machine with these CPUs could be performers in the digital signage world — an area Intel anticipates usage in. Lastly, the Atom CPU’s instant-on technology, complimented by deep sleep capabilities that also maintain network connections, means good things for any kind of vertical or mission-critical environment.
Bigger picture for the channel? There may be an influx of specialty devices in the near future outfitted with Intel Atom CPUs as Intel looks to battle off the hoards of tablets and other ARM-based devices taking over niche markets. I’m optimistic Intel will strive to impress in 2012, especially with the potential of Intel-based Windows 8 tablets coming soon.