Intel's Atom C2xxx processors may just make like a banana and split

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2017 - 01:31 PM |
Tagged: Intel, c2000, Avoton

"System May Experience Inability to Boot or May Cease Operation" is not the errata note you want to read, but for those running devices powered by an Intel Avoton C2xxx family Atom processor it is something to pay attention to.  The Low Pin Count bus clock may stop functioning permanently after the chip has been in service for a time, rendering the device non-functional.  Intel had little to say about the issue when approached by The Register but did state that there is a board level workaround available to resolve the issue.

The Avoton famliy of chips were released in 2013 and were designed to compete against ARM's new low powered server chips.  The flaw is likely responsible for the issues with Cisco routers that have been reported on recently; the chip can also be found in the Synology DS1815+ and some Dell server products.  It will be interesting to see how Intel responds to this issue, they have a history of reluctance discussing flaws in their product's architecture.

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"Intel's Atom C2000 processor family has a fault that effectively bricks devices, costing the company a significant amount of money to correct. But the semiconductor giant won't disclosed precisely how many chips are affected nor which products are at risk."

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Source: The Register

Intel's Avoton brings you an SoC the size of a credit card

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2013 - 03:07 PM |
Tagged: Avoton, c2000, Intel, Edisonville

The Tech Report picked up some technical details on the C2000 series of Avoton SoC's bound for business as Microservers or high density servers.  Avoton is a true 64-bit chip and supports DDR3 and DDR3L DRAM at speeds up to 1600 MT/s and they have abandoned the FSB in favour of the crossbar style IDI that has been present in Intel's larger chips since Nehalem.  They've also replaced the Southbridge with a South Complex that provides 16 lanes of PCIe 2.0 on the fastest interconnect with a data connectivity attached alongside the PCIe.  That consists of pair of SATA 6Gbps, four SATA 3 ports and four ethernet controllers capable of 2.5Gbps which are capable of teaming and offering 10Gbps.  Check out their article for more on the hottest thing to hit server racks that won't put you in debt for life.

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"Today, Intel officially unveiled its Atom C2000-series products, based on the Avoton system-on-a-chip, so we have the opportunity to offer a little more detail about this distinctive new SoC."

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