Last week Intel said it's addressing the dramatic growth of critical files, email and media with the launch of a cloud storage-focused platform powered by the Intel Atom D2550 processor and the Intel Atom D2500 processor.
Built for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, this platform delivers a range of security, back-up and multimedia capabilities that will help users successfully manage the rapid increase in data stored in homes and offices.
"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 David Tuhy, general manager, Intel Storage Division. "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."
Both 32-nm chips feature a TDP of 10W, 1 MB of L2 cache, a clock speed pf 1.86 GHz, an integrated northbridge, and a PowerVR SGX545 GPU. The D2500 and D2550 both feature two cores, but the latter offers four threads whereas the D2500 only provides two. The D2500's GPU is clocked at 400 MHz whereas the D2550's GPU is clocked at 640 MHz.
Intel said its new storage platform allows businesses to provide their employees with a personal cloud-based virtual locker so they can have fast, secure access to files from work, home or on the road from any connected device. It also supports multiple file transfer protocols so companies can share data and content anytime across a broad selection of operating systems and devices, and accessed anywhere to create a personal cloud.
"With the launch of the Intel Atom processor D2550 using award-winning solutions from Thecu, multimedia opportunities are endless," said Florence Shih, general manager of Thecus. "The Intel Atom processor D2550’s value is its unique combination of performance and graphics capabilities. By pairing with local display and HDMI output, Thecus adopts this technology to empower an entertainment powerhouse for an unparalleled theater experience."
Intel said the new platform is supported by the McAfee AV SDK and VirusScan, offering native protection against data corruption as well as viral attacks. The Atom chips, thanks to their PowerVR GPUs, are also capable of handling up to two external displays on a single platform-based storage device, providing up to four video feeds in HD (two per display). The platform can even serve as a centralized media vault for storing movies, music, games and more.
"QNAP's new HD Station, utilizing Intel Atom processor D2550 graphics capabilities, plays local and network media such as high-definition movies, home videos, pictures, and music -- all with the comfort of a big size screen via HDMI connection and a remote control, smartphone or any wireless USB keyboard or mouse,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP Systems Inc. "Turbo NAS showcases the potential of the graphics capability of the Intel Atom processor and how it can be applied for home entertainment."
Asustor, QNAP, and Thecus have already launched NAS products based on the new Atom solution including the Thecus N5550 NAS Server for the enterprise sector which sells for around $600 without hard drives already installed. Additional products based on the Intel Atom platform are expected to be announced soon.
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