Intel is joining the battle for the top spot as the company announce the introduction of new SoCs for embedded systems. Following similar announcements from rival companies like MediaTek and Qualcomm, Intel will now join the fray with the expansion of its Atom x5 line of chips with a low power Quad-core 64-bit processor.
The Atom x5-E800 isn’t a chip you are going to see powering your high-end gaming systems or tablets and notebooks as the processor exclusively aims at the IoT (Internet of things) and embedded applications that require minimal processing power.
The intel brand does provide reassurance as they have been one of the front-runners of semiconductor manufacturing but most of their rivals will argue that they are just repacking new products with less innovative technology and using their name to step on smaller companies.
The new processor is based on Intel’s Braswell architecture but a lot cheaper than most Celeron and Pentium chips based on the same design with a price tag starting at $39.
The chip is manufactured using a 14nm processing node and has a base clock speed of 1.04GHz and the Intel HD graphics coming with the processor features a base clock speed of 320MHz. The RAM support for the processor is up to 8GB of DDR3L-1600, three displays and up to 4 PCI Express Lanes.
Apparently, there is a company that already manufactures boards seperately for the new x5-E800 from Intel. The company in question is called Congatec and they claim that their new line of motherboards for the said chip and can run Windows 7 and the later versions including Windows Embedded 7 and 8 and also any other Linux-based operating systems.
The company said that boards are for cash and tickets register systems, industrial gateway, digital signage or embedded mobile and gaming devices.