How Intel’s Atom C3000 SoC is Revolutionizing Edge Computing

Jun 26, 2018


Introduced earlier this year, appliances based on Intel’s Atom C3000 SoC, codenamed “Denverton,” have filled a much needed gap in the Edge computing world. Intel Atom C3000 expands and increases possibilities with a potent combo of minimal watt usage, enhanced security, and flexibility. It features low power consumption, up to 16 cores, connectivity through 4X 10GbE ports, robust I/O capabilities, as well as integrated Intel Quick Assist technology. The Atom C3000 is a powerful solution for the increasing data demands of IoT and the always-connected new world it promises. An added benefit, these processors can run the same instruction sets as Intel Xeon processors providing consistency from the edge to the core to the cloud.

Intel Atom and Low Power Usage

Appliances based on the Intel Atom C3000 boast lower thermal and power requirements. This third generation processor improves performance by 2.4X compared to the previous generation. In addition, low Thermal Design Power (TDP)—from 8.5W to 32W—drives high-density, low-power use device architecture and "fanless" designs. Effectively operating in temps ranging from -40°C to +85°Callows for a variety of devices that perform Edge computing in many different environments.

Low-power doesn’t mean low-performance, of course. With up to 20 configurable high-speed input/output lanes and pin-to-pin compatibility, The Atom C3000 (SoC) family delivers next-generation, multicore performance, and scalability for years to come.

Data Security

Data security features are a must in all modern solutions. Inherent to edge solutions, processing and analyzing data closer to the source with minimal transport minimizes threat vectors. What the Atom C3000 does offer is integrated QAT, providing enhanced transport and protection of data across server, storage, and networking while also delivering acceleration for compression and cryptography workloads.

The Intel Atom processor C3000 series also supports Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) features. These include error-correcting code (ECC) memory and platform-level error management and resilience. Also, built-in hardware virtualization with Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) enhances security and extends network functions virtualization (NFV) to the Edge.

Flexible Design

Due to its rich I/O capabilities, multiple core options, ethernet capabilities, and integrated QAT appliances based on the Atom C3000 can be optimized for a wide range of applications. Designed specifically for network and edge solutions, the Intel Atom C3000 SoC will be found in communications, IoT, security application and more. We’ve covered communications solutions at the edge and leveraging Intel Atom C3000 for security and IoT in depth in previous blogs. But really consider the IoT opportunities that are now possible with low-power processors that can handle a broader spectrum of challenging environments and operating conditions.

Scalable performance is often an attribute touted by Intel. With an FCBGA 34mm x 28mm compact form factor manufactured on Intel’s optimized 14nm process technology, the Intel Atom C3000 is available with configurations of 2 to 12 cores from 1.6 to 2.0 GHz and includes up to 256GB DDR4 2133MHz ECC (SODIMM, UDIMM, or RDIMM) of addressable memory. All enabling customers to scale performance and achieve workload consolidation in situations that need low power, high density, and high I/O integration.

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