Rumor: Intel's Next-Gen Atom CPUs to Feature Up to Eight Cores
Intel is rumored to be working on the next generation of Atom processors that are targeted at powering micro servers. Dubbed Avoton, this upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) will be based on 22nm Silvermont architecture and feature up to eight cores that share 4MB of L2 cache (1MB per core).
The Intel 'Avoton' Atom processor is intended for low-power "micro servers", and these micro servers are ideal for hosting cloud computing services and running applications that do not need the massive performance of Xeon processors. According to X-Bit Labs, they will sport up to eight cores and will feature frequencies of 1.6GHz to 2.4GHz. They also reported it is currently unknown whether Avoton is a multi-chip module incorporating two 'Valleyview' processors, or a separate chip built from scratch. It is expected that Thermal Design Power (TDP) of Avoton will range from 5W to 20W, whereas clock-speeds will range from 1.20GHz to 2.40GHz. The Silvermont-based cores will provide OOE (out-of-order execution) and Turbo Boost-like feature that will allow clock speeds of up to 2.7GHz. The Atom 'Avoton' CPUs are expected to be launched during the second half of 2013.