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Intel pushes Atom chips for storage use

05 Oct 2012
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Intel is looking to position its Atom processor family as a solution for powering intelligent storage appliances.

The company has unveiled a pair of new chip designs, the Atom D2500 and Atom D2550, which will look to enter the market for small business storage and server devices. Intel believes that the low-power chips will be able to provide a powerful and secure way to manage storage and deliver media content over the network in cloud computing environments.

"Intel's next-generation Atom processor provides an ideal solution for powering intelligent storage system designs that will act as a personal cloud inside the office or home, and will deliver better ways to store and access data," said Intel general manager for storage David Tuhy.

"With a range of systems designers on board, the Intel Atom processor-based storage solution raises the bar in how data is stored, managed and shared."

Intel believes that the Atom chips will be ideal for applications such as video surveillance or remotely accessible private cloud storage servers which require appliances to stream high-quality media files to multiple connections.

The chips are also being aimed at the home storage appliance and media centre device markets.

The release is the latest in a push by Intel to bring its Atom platform past the mobility space and into the growing market for embedded devices and low-power specialised server applications.

The company finds itself in a fierce battle with ARM to bring the energy-efficient chips into a new class of compact, efficient and highly-scalable servers for use with cloud platforms and web applications.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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