This week, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Intel unveiled two new Atom processor lines: the A3900 for smart auto apps and the E3900 series for connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Intel Atom E3900 Series
According to PC Mag, Intel's E3900 has been designed with a focus on the Internet of Things. The chip, based on the Atom Goldmount CPU core, is able to determine which processes to push to the data center and which processes to perform itself. This decentralized computing technology is known as fog networking or fog computing.
General manager of IoT platform engineering and development at Intel Corp., Ken Caviasca, wrote in a blog post that Atom processor E3900 series will help building a more robust IoT infrastructure. Intel's newly unveiled Atom E3900 chips come with improved industrial-grade timing and computer vision. According to Computerworld, Intel's new processors are designed for a wide range of IoT applications, including surveillance and manufacturing.
The E3900s have larger memory bandwidth, faster memory speeds and 1.7 times more computing power than Intel's previous chips. They also provide better vision and graphics. For instance, their 3D graphics performance is 2.9 times higher than in Intel's previous generation.
According to Intel, the new E3900 chips can render 4K Ultra HD video on three independent displays. Those screens could be, for example, two seat-back displays for passengers to watch videos and the virtual dashboard of a car. Caviasca explained that the chip could ensure the dash display is not affected by the rendering activity on the entertainment screens, by controlling each separately.
The new Intel E3900 chips are also performing better at capturing and processing images. They could perform video noise reduction, preserve more color and detail and improve low-light image quality, by using their four vector image processing units. An E3900 chip is able to record 1080p video streams from 15 different cameras in a networked video recorder and display their feeds simultaneously on a video wall at 30 frames per second.