Intel Intros "Tunnel Creek" Atom-Based System On Chip

What's a company to do after coming off of their best Q1 in recent memory? Forge ahead in the never-ending pursuit of processor perfection. Today, out of nowhere really, Intel announced plans for a new Atom processor-based System-On-Chip, but it won't go where you might expect. Instead of aiming this product at netbooks, Intel is positioning "Tunnel Creek" for IP phones, printers and in-vehicle-infotainment systems for cars, all of which could honestly use a boost in processing power.

As of now, Chinese automaker HawTai is planning to incorporate Intel Atom processor and MeeGo software in future in-vehicle-infotainment platform, and outside of the phone world, this is the first time we've seen exactly what Intel plans to do with MeeGo. There's also a partnership lined up with China Mobile, and by the sound of it, the possibilities here are just short of endless.



The forthcoming SoC will feature an Atom core that for the first time, will let other companies create PCI Express-compliant devices that directly connect to the chip, which offers new flexibility for embedded applications. Basically, it opens an entirely new world for the Atom line to explore, and while we have griped about the Atom being a tad sluggish in some netbooks, they would be plenty powerful for a host of embedded solutions.

Imaging an Atom/MeeGo system in your next vehicle. The navigation and Internet experience would be second to none, mostly unlike anything available in even high-end cars today. Or what about home power management systems? Or even electric car charging stations? It doesn't take long to understand just how far a low-powered Atom could go in changing the way we live, and we're hoping that this announcement is just the tip of the iceberg.


Via:  Intel
Tags:  Intel, Atom, CPU, processor, meego
Comments
inspector 4 years ago

Nice, Now i will wait for them to create this and place it in side a car and me in it :P lol. Lets see what everyone can come up with now after this is released :D. The world is changing so fast this year!

RyuGTX 4 years ago

Here's the Tunnel Creek promo video they have on the IDF page. During the part where they flash different items/devices, I could have sworn I saw a shopping cart. I wonder what happens with you combine an Atom with a shopping cart? Confused

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-IA8UPF4UU&feature=player_embedded

sp12 4 years ago

Instant RFID scanner at checkout? On the fly price totals? In store item finder?

la_guy_10 4 years ago

This could be huge, people used to say Atom was eating into Intel's profit margins, but with yesterdays announcement nothing could be further from the truth. This mobile market could set up nicely for Intel especially if they roll out WiMax 2 combined with Samsung who makes smart phones as well as many many other electronic device these two conglomerates could be onto something here deeper than what we see at the current moment.

animatortom 4 years ago

Well Inspector....

Maybe you can talk Hot Hardware into giving away a car for the next Sweepstakes! Since technically, it will be a computer:P

I was beginning to wonder if the Atom was older tech that is over, or Newer tech that is not out yet? Maybe it is just an experiment that is leading the way to the next generation.

This is always a good way for corporations to make money. To sell production to other manufacturers for system integration, it worked for Norton, Mcaffee..ETC... Lets just hope it doesn't go to their head and makes them increase their prices, while disintegrating their customer base.

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