Intel launches 2 new Atom chips for home server market

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Old 15-Jan-2011
Intel launches 2 new Atom chips for home server market

Not content with ruling the netbook market with its Atom processor, Intel is also pushing its use in other areas of computing. One such area is home and small office server and networking devices, and today the chip giant has announced two new Atoms specifically for such devices.
The Atom D425 is a single-core 1.8GHz chip, while the D525 is the same in a dual-core configuration. Both chips also introduce support for DDR3 SODIMM memory.
Intel has already teamed up with manufacturers including Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG Electronics, Netgear, QNAP, Super Micro, Synology, and Thecus for such devices earlier this year, but now thereís a couple of better performing chips to choose from.
Dinesh Rao, product line manager, Intel Storage Group said:
Networked storage appliances based on the Intel Atom processor platform enable consumers and businesses to organize, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home or office. The versatile Atom processor, which is at the heart of a growing variety of small, innovative, Internet-connected devices, makes it possible for storage vendors to develop low-power appliances that can innocuously sit on a desk or shelf while keeping digital content safe and available anytime, anywhere.
Intel hopes that the new, faster chips will be put to good use streaming content around the home or handling business data storage needs. With this in mind the processors can be paired with either Windows Home Server or a Linux operating system solution.
We expect existing products from multiple vendors to be updated to use the new processors. These include Acerís AH range of home servers, HPís StorageWorks Data Vault series of automatic business backup devices, and Promiseís SmartStor 4-drive RAID NAS.
Intel is shipping the new processors now, meaning we should see new products using them within the next couple of months.

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