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Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series-Based Platform for Embedded Computing

Platform Brief: Intel® Atom™ Processor Z6xx Series

Platform Overview

The Intel® Atom™ processor Z6xx series implements ground-breaking power management techniques on 45nm process technology to deliver the lowest Intel® architecture platform power to date for embedded devices. This series offers clock speeds of 1.5 GHz or 1.2 GHz, both at 3W thermal design power (TDP), along with an integrated, power-optimized 2D/3D graphics engine, all in an ultra-small 13.8mm x 13.8mm package. These processors are paired with the Intel® SM35 Express chipset, which is also highly optimized for low-power solutions (0.75W TDP), making this platform ideal for a range of innovative, battery-capable, small form-factor embedded designs requiring rich multimedia capabilities.

The chipset incorporates four USB ports, three SDIO ports, two SPI ports, and one SATA port for storage, along with other common I/O blocks such as I2C, Intel® High Definition Audio, and GPIOs. The platform provides an excellent solution for tablets used in industrial, medical, retail, or educational situations, as well as applications requiring minimum I/O interfaces to save on power consumption.

This platform offers a selection of operating system options including support for Windows* 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and MeeGo*. Windows Embedded Standard 7 allows for OS footprint size optimizations by selecting just the drivers, services, and applications needed. MeeGo* offers a full-featured Linux* open-source operating system solution with advanced capabilities for custom multi-touch, user-interface environments.

Additionally, a compatible, dedicated Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) solution is required and may be obtained from leading PMIC suppliers. The PMIC replaces several previously required parts to help minimize platform part count while reducing bill of materials and design complexity.

Read the full Intel® Atom™ Processor Z6xx Series Platform Brief.

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