Intel intros fresh Atom series -

Chip giant Intel said it has launched the Atom E600 series of processors – a system on chip (SoC) device that includes what it describes as an open interconnect.

The open interconnect feature lets the processor to pair with PCI Express devices and Intel said that IO hubs can be built for applications including factory equipment, car entertainment systems, and smart grid devices.

The series puts processor core, memory controllers, graphics, sound and video features on a single die and that makes for easier board designs.

The series has a rating of five watts and below so is intended for small units, with other vendors including OKI, Realtek, and ST Microelectronics providing support for the Atom chips.

The E600 series is not available yet but will be later this year, priced from $19 in quanities of 1,000. A platform controller hub device called the EG20T costs $9 in quantities of 1,000.

Clock speeds range from 0.6GHz at 2.7 watts, to 1.6GHz at 3.9 watts.