Intel’s x86 Dublin Bay Platform to replace the Quark X1000 Processor -Less than 2Watt TDP


Intel Quark X1000 SoC to be replaced by Dublin Bay Platform in Mid 2015 - 1-2W TDP

Now the quark is all about tiny devices. Where Quark covers both embedded and wearable applications, its smaller sibling, the Edison, covers mostly wearable. It was near the end of 2013 that the first Quark SoC (the X1000) was launched although it wasn't until February 2014 that developers actually received the Galileo board (Intel's Raspberry Pie rival) which sadly however could not make a significant dent in the market occupied by its competitor. The Quark chips had a very simple die layout. The specs are as follows:

  • 1 Core
  • 16KB L1 Cache
  • DDR3 Controller
  • 512KB On-die SRAM
  • PCIE 2.0 and USB 2.0 Supported
  • Price: $9-$12

Ofcourse even though these are full fledged x86 processors they will perform nowhere near their desktop counterparts because of very low clocks and TDP constraints. They were supposed to target wearables and embedded applications tailored to Microsoft and x86. We now know however that these will be replaced by the Dublin Bay SoCs sometime in 2015. The platform will retain its trademark single core design and will have TDP (not SDP) between 1-2W.  The rest of the exact specifications of the Dublin Bay Platform are unknown. We might be looking at USB 3.0 support although PCI3.0 is a longshot. For its predecessors we saw the Galileo board as one of the flagship products, so we might be looking at a Galileo alternative of Dublin Bay as well.

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