Intel preps all-in-one embedded CPU

— 9:09 AM on February 5, 2007

In late 2007, Intel will release a new embedded processor with an integrated memory controller, north bridge, and south bridge, HKEPC reports. Slides obtained by the site say the chip is code-named Tolapai, and that it will integrate a Pentium M processor core running at 600MHz-1.2GHz, 256KB of L2 cache, a memory controller with support for registered DDR2-800 memory, triple Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express, Serial ATA, USB 2.0, accelerated security processing, accelerated network processing, and a number of additional I/O features.

Despite its level of integration, the chip is expected to have a thermal rating between 13W and 22W. For reference, Intel's current Core Solo chips are rated for 5.5-27W. Tolapai will be built on 65nm process technology, and it will come in a 1088-ball flip-chip ball grid array package. HKEPC says Intel will have Tolapai-based reference boards ready in the second quarter of this year, but that final hardware won't ship until later this year.

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