Intel Atom D425, D525 Processors Boost Processing Speed
Intel's Atom D425 and D525 chip sets support double-data-rate 3 small outline dual in-line memory modules, also known as DDR3 SODIMM.Chip maker Intel announced two Intel Atom processors-the 1.8GHz D425 single-core and D525 dual-core chips-that boost processor speed, support a new memory technology, and are aimed at home and small to medium-size business (SMB) storage appliances. With higher CPU frequencies for faster storage processing, the chips will support memory technology such as double-data-rate 3 small outline dual in-line memory modules, also known as DDR3 SODIMM. The Atom processors are paired with the Intel 82801 IR input/output (I/O) controller, and both additions to the storage platform offer the ability to support Microsoft Windows Home Server and open-source Linux operating systems. Intel boasts that storage vendors Acer, Cisco, LaCie, LG Electronics, Netgear, QNAP, Synology and others have adopted the Intel Atom processor-based platform into products that are currently available.
An intelligent I/O processor offloads I/O processing functions, such as I/O interrupt processing and parity calculations, from the CPU. This allows the CPU to streamline application processing and to use other system resources, such as the system bus and memory, more effectively. Intel said I/O processors allow servers, workstations and storage subsystems to transfer data faster, reduce communication bottlenecks and improve overall system performance.