Intel Atom Processor E3900 Series Takes aim at Smart, Connected IoT Devices
The Internet of Things (IoT) is linking billions of smart and connected devices to each other, creating a wave of change in how we live and work. The number of connected machines is expected to dramatically increase – by 2020, 50 billion devices will create 44 zettabytes (of 44 trillion gigabytes) of data annually, according to Cisco IBSG. These devices will require much more processing power at the edge, and in the fog, in order to maintain viability.
To support these experiences, Intel announced an Intel® Atom™ processor designed for IoT applications. The new Intel Atom processor E3900 series is designed from the ground up to support the rapid development and the growing complexity of IoT.
With the new chip, customers can achieve new levels of security, determinism, and image and video processing power. This will help fuel innovative IoT applications across industrial, video, manufacturing, retail and more. In 2017, The Intel Atom A3900 series will be upgraded to address in-vehicle automotive experiences.
The Intel Atom processor E3900 series will make the edge and fog more intelligent – letting more processing take place at or near the data sensor, alleviating the need to push all processing to the data center. Fog computing, also known as fog networking, is a decentralized computing infrastructure in which computing resources and application services are distributed in the most logical place at any point from the data source to the cloud.
As an example, consider traffic cams and sensor data. There are significant downsides to sending data to a server for analysis, such as loss due to video compression and time spent in travel, versus having the ability to process data at the device. In the automotive industry, the software-defined cockpit is also where this edge computing capability can make a difference. The ability for a single system to drive the digital gauges, navigation, and advance driver assist functions is the trend. It is important that backup sensors, bird’s-eye view parking or side collision alter function in a reliable response time, regardless of what the media or navigation system is doing at that time.
With more than 1.7 times more computing power over the previous generation1, the E3900 Series is designed to enable faster memory speeds and memory bandwidth to provide the efficient processing capability needed for edge to cloud network computing. The processor, produced using 14 nanometer silicon technology, is packaged in a compact flip chip ball grid array.