Something that we have noted would be coming this year is a new Atom series. Specifically the Intel Atom C5000 series. Today, Intel finally has announced the first six models in the Intel Atom C5000 series lineup, although there is not too much information out there on the new chips.
Intel Atom C5000 Series Stealthily Launched
Here is what we were able to put together in terms of the new Atom SKUs:
These SKUs are on the lower core count end of the spectrum ranging from 4-8 cores and still dual-channel DDR4 memory (up to 256GB supported.) The official specs say that all of the new parts have QAT onboard which is going to be a bigger feature later in 2022 and into 2023. PCIe generation for all of the parts is listed as only PCIe Gen3 on Ark.
The other major note is really the TDP. These are relatively high TDP parts. Just for some sense of scale, the 4-core 32W C5310 is in line with the 16-core Atom C3955 of the previous generation:
With the 10nm process shrink, we expect more, but we need Intel to disclose that information so we can share it. Patrick has put the ask in.
Here is the first table we have with a bit more on the networking side:
We are going to put the larger table on the Intel Atom P5000 Series Mightily Expanded and with a NetSec Card piece.
For now, most of our readers are still going to be looking at Intel Atom C3000 devices for edge networking. At some point, Intel will be transitioning to new generations. The C-lineup tends to be the one that is often found in servers.
One of the biggest challenges with covering the new Atom launches is that Intel has little by way of a formal press release process for them. In 2017 we held Denverton Day for the start of availability for the original Intel Atom C3000 series (beyond the C3338) SKUs. We only knew about it because OEMs were telling us that Intel was not planning a launch so we decided to hold our own launch.
Hopefully, we will get more from Intel and be able to update this soon. Also, stay tuned for more on Snow Ridge which also was refreshed today.