Dual-core XScale due soonPublished: 27th Sep 2006, 15:29:51 | Permalink | Printable
Will that heatsink find any fans among us?Intel is set to launch its new high-performance XScale within the coming weeks, according to a leaked roadmap. Codenamed Chevelon, the monster processor could be officially unveiled before the month is out according to one schedule. It's claimed the chip giant is planning to launch some additions to its x86 desktop and server processor series, as well as a couple of high-speed hard disc controllers and the IOP342 - an ARM-compatible single- or dual-core XScale running at 800Mhz or 1.2GHz.
Below is a photo of the IOP342 in one of its target applications.
Under the heatsink is a dual-core 800MHz IOP342 on a harddisc array card with its fan removed. The processor can reportedly hit 75°C
The new XScale is to be billed as a high-performance system-on-chip part, and has already surfaced in engineering sample quantities for trade shows and hardware reviews where the chip is used as an IO processor - such as in the impressive next-generation Arca ARC-1280 RAID card, which employs an IOP342 and comes with a $1600 price tag.
The chip is related to the 600MHz IOP321 found in the RISC OS 5-driven Castle Iyonix.
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