At Hot Chips this past week, Intel released more technical details on its coming system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor called Tolapai. Tolapai is Intel's first attempt at an SoC design since its ill-fated "Timna" project a few years back, and when it's launched, it will be their first x86 processor with an on-die memory controller since the 80386EX in 1994. Tolapai is significant because it will be the x86 ISA's next major step into the embedded space, a space currently owned by the PowerPC, ARM, and MIPS ISAs.
First, let's look at the basics of the new processor:
- 600MHz, 1 GHz, and 1.2GHz at launch
- 148 million transistors
- 37.5mm x 37.5mm package
- 13-20W TDP
- 65nm process