Electronic Design

Quad V, Quad Core, Hot Bike

Intel’s big announcement at the show was its Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5300 series, targeting the embedded space and complete with long-term support. The E5335 and E5345 chips double the processor density of their older dual-core brethren.

The chips are designed with dual-processing capabilities, making it easy to build systems with eight cores. The chips are available in 2.0- and 2.33-GHz versions with a hefty 8-Mbyte L2 cache. The front-side bus runs at 1.333 GHz. It draws less than 80 W. The chip employs the latest 64-bit, VT (virtual technology), and IOAT support. Pricing starts at $690.

Of course, what can you do with Intel chips other than put them into the company's new NSC2U IP Network Server? How about the Intel Chopper (Fig. 1)? The motorcycle was introduced at the keynote, and its construction is documented on an episode of American Chopper that will be aired in the near future on the Learning Channel.

One of the driving forces in this vehicle is a 192-cubic-inch, 250-HP V-quad engine. The other is an embedded system (Fig. 2 built using a Black Diamond SwitchBack rugged PC. It runs a Core Duo processor linked to a rear-view camera, a motorized kickstand, and a fingerprint recognition system. Of course, it has a GPS (global positioning system) and a soft display.


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