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In-Vehicle Infotainment

In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems are devices that deliver navigation, entertainment, and networked computing services in vehicles such as cars, trucks, and planes.

Automotive manufacturers in particular are increasingly viewing IVI systems as a key differentiator in their products. Drivers and passengers are coming to expect to see in their vehicles the same type of innovations they see in other devices, such as mobile computers and handsets. BMW, Infiniti, Nissan, and certainly others already announced platforms using Intel Atom. Undoubtedly, the Intel Atom processor will be a key player in this promising sector.

Other Application Platforms and Fields

In addition to the sectors described previously, Intel Atom processors and corresponding chips can be applied in a wide range of sectors, platforms, and devices.

Cloud Computing

In cloud computing mode, content and infrastructure are resident in the cloud (network). Cloud content consumers need only a lightweight, thin-client viewer device to

participate. The essence of cloud computing is that if infrastructure cost is amortized over a sufficiently large population, many more people can participate and benefit from cloud content and services. With their relatively low price points, devices based on Intel Atom processors will be suitable for the clients of cloud computing.

Devices powered by Intel Atom processors will also contribute to expansion of cloud-content consumer audiences due to their ability to use the Intel architecture code base. The second generation 64-bit Intel Atom C2000 product family of SoC is designed for microservers and cold-storage platforms (code-named Avoton) and for entry networking platforms (code named Rangeley). These new SoCs are the company's first products based on the Silvermont microarchitecture, the new design in the leading 22 nm tri-gate SoC process delivering significant increases in performance and energy efficiency.

Intel also introduced the Intel Ethernet Switch FM5224 silicon, which, when combined with the Wind River Open Network Software suite, brings software-defined networking (SDN) solutions to servers for improved density and lower power.

Robotics

Robotics is the acknowledged key to improve production processes, promote the production capability of customized products, and ensure product quality. Robotic automation has historically been extremely costly, with very long term cost-benefit payback and significant barriers to entry. Fortunately, high-performance Intel Atom processors satisfy most of

the automation calculation requirements of robotics and boast a leadership in robotics applications due to their cost-effective and low-power features. Lab tests have shown that with a battery life of up to eight hours for unconnected operation, devices based on Intel Atom processors can easily work a full shift powering mobile robotic devices.

Smith Childs Farms, Inc. in Wisconsin has empowered robot tractors powered by Intel Atom processors. Several of these smaller, more agile tractors can work a field at one time, controlled by a farmer sitting at a desk. They use GPS navigation equipment, onboard sensors, and a series of complex algorithms while sampling the soil and dispensing the precise amount of seed and fertilizer needed. Dennis Smith, owner of Smith Childs Farms, Inc. said, “During prime planting season, you can even see farmers working during the night hours without worrying about available light because sensors on the tractors can 'see' quite clearly in the dark.”

 
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