are they serious , £349 for a crappy Intel® Atom™ Processor N550 Launch Date Q3' 2010
when Intel Corp has rolled out the first six members of a new line of system-in-package products announced in September that include Atom and Altera FPGA die. ?
the so called Stellarton platform.
The E600C series aims to help embedded designers speed Atom-based chips to market. The FPGA blocks let engineers customize the devices for whatever interfaces or unique features their system requires.
The high–end chip uses a 1.3 GHz Atom with a 400 MHz graphics block consuming 3.6W and costing $106. The low-end device runs at 600 MHz with a 320 MHz graphics block, consumes 2.7W and costs $61.
The Altera FPGAs inside the 37.5mm2 package use more than 60,000 logic elements and can support six high-speed transceivers using more than 350 I/O pins. The transceivers can run at up to 3.125 Gbits/s or support LVDS links with serdes at 840 Mbits/s.
Intel formally announced its Tunnel Creek products now called the Atom E6xx series. The SoCs merge an Atom core with display, memory and graphics controllers as well as a 4x PCI Express Gen 1 interconnect.
Nine versions of the chip will range from high-end devices consuming 3.9W at 1.6 GHz and low end versions consuming 2.7W at 600 MHz. The chips will be in volume production in November.
Formerly codenamed Stellarton, the Intel Atom processors E665CT, E645CT, E665C, and E645C are scheduled to be available within 60 days. The E625CT and E625C are on track to be available in the first quarter of 2011.
Board maker Kontron has E600C-based prototype boards available now, with full production beginning in the second quarter of 2011.
what does that mean , it means you could get a high profile H.264 Encoder/decoder and the like inserted/loaded into these FPGA at the OEM and be happy to get full hardware offload of any codec given a FPGA file were made available to you to load up etc....