The Intel® Atom® C3000 offers reliability, availability, and serviceability similar to the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Family, but is built for smaller device footprints and lower power consumption overall, while still maintaining high data throughput capability. Like other Intel® Atom® products, its chief design is to provide better performance per watt for specific workload types versus overall peak performance. As a result, it fills a market segment typically just below that of the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Family. Intel® Atom® SoCs shines best when performing specific, dedicated tasks, such as low-powered server products designed for the security market and IoT applications.
Edge Servers Perfectly Suited for Security Applications
Considering the advanced feature set provided by the Intel® Atom® C3000 based appliances, it becomes apparent how ideal the architecture is for many security-related applications. Solutions providing Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention Services (IDS/IPS), Unified Threat Management (UTM), VPN services, key management, and others, all can utilize the core strengths of the Intel® Atom® C3000 architecture.
For example, AES-NI and Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) provide the necessary performance to handle high throughput bulk encryption. Intel® VTx and VTd minimize any performance penalties for providing services using Network Function Virtualization (NVF) within Virtual Machines (VMs). Even though Intel® Atom® C3000 is a low-power chipset, this doesn’t mean low bandwidth--it supports up to four integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet network ports providing all the network interfaces required for high data throughput environments. Finally, the 20 available flexible High-Speed I/O (HSIO) lanes on the Intel® Atom® C3000 SoC allow for a combination of PCIe gen 3, SATA 3.0, and USB-3 interfaces that can be tailored to the needs of the solution for further input-output (I/O) expansion.
Optimal for the Internet of Things (IoT)
The Intel® Atom® C3000 System on Chip (SoC) is optimal for edge servers, embedded appliances, and gateways tailored to the Internet of Things market due to its lower power consumption and high throughput characteristics.
The eTEMP versions provide the low power/extended temperature features typically favored in ruggedized environments. This is due to the lack of forced air cooling and high ambient temperature operation that is often required.
UNICOM Engineering has successfully used the Intel® Atom® C3000 to develop passively cooled platforms, like the R-1000, with optional IP65 dust and water resistance, which can operate in non-traditional compute environments. Areas without environmental control, such as warehouses, parking structures, industrial manufacturing, and energy exploration platforms, can benefit from embedded designs based on the eTEMP Intel® Atom® C3000 SoCs.
Connectivity options for LTE-A WWAN, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, RS-232 serial, USB3.0, 4 x 10GE, and IGE for dedicated out-of-band management, the R-1000 provides for a flexible solution for connecting local sensors and devices in an IoT environment. All of this combined with up to 12 CPU cores and up to 256GB of memory, the eTemp Intel® Atom® C3000 SoCs provide a robust solution for local application services, centralized storage, analytics, reporting, and network gateway services in challenging locations.
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