Intel to Demo Dobson Processor
Next-generation I/O processor will be used in conjunction with Intel's "Lindenhurst" chip set, due in 2004.On Monday, Intel Corp. will provide several "building block" components designed to help OEMs ease into next-generation storage platforms. During the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, this week, Intel will demonstrate "Dobson," a next-generation I/O processor that will be used in conjunction with Intels "Lindenhurst" chip set, due in 2004. In addition, Intel announced two other I/O processors: an optical transceiver and a bridge chip connecting next-generation PCI Express protocols with todays PCI/PCI-X standards. Although the industrys eyes are usually focused on Intels microprocessors, chip sets and motherboards, I/O processors play an important role in keeping those chips fed with data. Intel announced the IOP331 and IOP315 I/O processors to improve the performance of end user products, such as iSCSI adapters. The IOP331 integrates DDR memory, used to host an embedded OS, and a PCI-X bridge to push data out to the rest of the system.
Both I/O processors will serve as placeholders until the launch of Dobson, a key part of the companys RAID strategy because of its native PCI Express interface, explained Christopher Croteau, director of Intels storage components.