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Forget about 10 Watt processors; Intel's got plans for entire systems that fit in that thermal envelope

To quote Richard Feynman, "there's plenty of room at the bottom," and the microprocessor market is no exception. Although high performance is what captured Intel's attention for the past few years, the company is now aggressively targeting the low cost chip market, which holds immense potential and to this day remains largely uncultivated.

Intel’s most recent roadmap reveals more information about the company’s newest ultra-low cost, ultra-low voltage platform, Diamondville.

To set the record straight, Diamondville does not refer simply to low power CPUs, but in fact also refers to an entire platform. This is because Diamondville processors will come soldered directly onto specially designed boards.
 
According Intel partner roadmaps leaked to DailyTech, its Diamondville line of processors are based on a completely new architecture drawn up on a “blank sheet of paper.” Intel plans to release two versions of its Diamondville processors, one for desktops and the other for mobile platforms.

Intel’s first Diamondville chips are expected to be released towards the end of Q2’08. At this time, the company will launch the single-core Diamondville-SC 230, which is meant for desktop use, and the Diamondville-SC: 270, which is for use in mobile platforms. Both of these chips have very similar technical specifications, and will run at 1.60 GHz and feature 512KB cache.

Intel guidance suggests that the first dual-core Diamondville chips will launch under the Celeron 3xx SKU. These new chips are expected to be targeted for desktop use only and will make an appearance in Q3’08.

Diamondville processors have a mere 4W to 8W thermal envelope, and are heralded for fan-less design. Intel also boasts that a number of its “leading ODM” partners support Diamondville, so we can expect to see plenty of new products developed based on these chips.

The success of products such as ASUS’ Eee PC has proven to companies that there is plenty of opportunity in the low cost market. Despite only offering modest technical specifications, the Eee PC has proven to be somewhat of a hit in the United States and not only in emerging markets as was expected prior to its release. Processors like Diamondville will help add growth to the low cost PC market not only abroad, but also in the United States.

Already the major notebook designers have realized that the bottom of the chip market is just as important as the top.


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WHS ?
By PeterT on 2/27/2008 4:19:38 PM , Rating: 3
This could make an interesting combo for use as a Windows Home Server server.... Low power consumption...




RE: WHS ?
By TheDiceman on 2/27/2008 4:28:04 PM , Rating: 4
I see en even better market in business desktops. Assuming you are still running under XP drop a gig of RAM into a board like this and you have a very cheap, low form factor setup very capible for general business use.


RE: WHS ?
By fic2 on 2/27/2008 7:24:05 PM , Rating: 2
I agree on this. Companies that have 1000s of PCs in an office could save some serious money. Probably 50-100w savings per PC.


RE: WHS ?
By Mitch101 on 2/27/2008 4:29:41 PM , Rating: 5
I agree my current one is 23watts Via CPU but I bet the Intel one would crush the Via in performance.

At 10 Watts Im anxiously awaiting a lineup of car computers.


RE: WHS ?
By herrdoktor330 on 2/28/2008 11:03:05 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to say this, but a gnome with an abacus would outperform the VIA C-7 platform. And I should know... I ponied up for a 1.5gtz 2500e cpu/mobo. While it's not bad for what it does (serve files), it's not a performer. I'm sure the intel product would be more powerful.

I guess it boils down to price. If they can break the 60$ mark and offer a couple more SATA ports or PCI slots (for RAID cards), this would be an awesome part for the home file server people. But until then, I think VIA is going to be king of that market.


RE: WHS ?
By Ashrac on 2/27/2008 6:12:26 PM , Rating: 3
This is also very good for Car Pc's.


RE: WHS ?
By FingerMeElmo87 on 2/29/2008 1:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
to bad Windows Home Server corrupts data


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