Clearly, for those that have followed Embedded Intel® Products over the last several years knows that we have had no shortage of different code names & brand names, for everything from platforms to processors to chipsets and beyond.  Often, with a new embedded developer that has finally "seen the light" (hey, my job title says "evangelist" - I can indulge a little!), one of the first feedbacks we hear is that it is a struggle to keep all these different kinds of names straight - HELP.  Well, good news -we have heard you and have something that should make understanding our product much easier for all those engineers out there that just want to use great silicon without getting confused.

 

The official name is the Automated Relational Knowledgebase, but you can just call it the Intel® ARK, which will always be easy to find at:

ARK.intel.com

 

I will start with a general overview today, but be sure to stop by later as I'll start to show specific usage cases that we see people using all the time.  However, there are a few major concepts to keep in mind first:

=> This is for all Intel® products - not just silicon

      + While the early focus is on silicon, you can still use it to look up the "full name" of most any product

      + Also, when we say "all" products, we mean every segment as well:

         • Mobile

         • Desktop

         • Server

         • Embedded

         • Our secret refurbished spacecraft from a small town in the Southwest

      + EVERYTHING - because we know that you don't want to be pigeon holed when you are designing the future

      + We will work towards expanding the detailed offerings until everything we ship is interconnected

      + But, for now, there is still a wide variety of things you can look up, including:

         • AC80566UE025DW = Intel® AtomTM Processor Z530

         • SLB6B = Intel® CoreTM2 Quad Processor Q9400

         • 82801JO = 82801JO I/O Controller Hub (ICH10DO)

=> Our intent is to make it easier to design with our products

      + We know that in many cases you are looking for the "general" answer & know that there are often caveats

      + Just as a "window sticker" of a car will never replace the owners manual

         • We will give the high level answer

         • Then point you to deeper documentation, such as datasheets, PCNs, etc.

=> We will work hard to continue to improve this website often

      + There is a web searching company that has the mantra "release early & iterate" - we share that mantra

      + However, to paraphrase the movie "Jerry McGuire" - Help Us to Help You

         • If you see a problem or have a suggestion, then send a note to ARK_support@intel.com

         • We will usually respond within 1 business day & will do our best to help

 

So, with that, here are some high level items that most have found very useful:

=> The Search Bar

      + Be sure to use the one _under_ the banner

      + You can look for just about anything, including:

         • Code names                          (i.e. Silverthorne)

         • Brand names                         (i.e. Atom)

         • Processor frequencies           (i.e. 1.6)

         • Ordering codes                      (i.e. AC80566UE025DW)

         • SPEC Codes                           (i.e. SLB6P)

         • Chipsets                                (i.e. Q45)

         • ICHs                                      (i.e. ICH9)

=> Homepage (ark.intel.com/Default.aspx)

      + Browse by Processors                (Grouped by brand family)

      + Browse by Chipsets                   (Grouped by chipset name)

      + Browse by Code names             (Both Processor & Chipset code names)

      + Browse by Ethernet Controller   (Grouped by Ethernet speed)

=> System Design Tool (like a "robo-FAE" - ark.intel.com/searchfeature.aspx)

      + Enter the main parameters you want from the final system, such as:

         • Embedded product lifecycle ("Extended Mfg Life Cycle" products)

         • Intel® 64 enabled

         • Minimum Number of Cores

         • Maximum CPU + Chipset TDP

         • Halogen Free

         • Intel® Virtualization Technology

         • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

      + Most are "required" or "optional" but a few like System TDP is a write-in box

      + Enter what you need, then hit the "Search" button to find all that fit

      + The criteria is for both Processors & Chipsets (as applicable)

=> A Quick Reference List of all current Intel® Processors (ark.intel.com/sspecqdf.aspx)

      + You can reduce the list by picking filters, such as:

         • Embedded Support (those processors that have that longer life cycle support)

         • Code name (find only those that connected to the "Silverthorne" code name)

         • Brand (find only those that are part of the Intel® Xeon® brand)

         • Cores (find only the quad-core processors)

         • Socket (find only those that fit the LGA775 socket)

      + Once you've narrowed the list, you can export it to Excel* with a single click

      + The table includes all the above attributes and:

         • Budgetary prices (for 1ku Direct tray orders)

         • Product Ordering Codes

         • SPEC Codes & Stepping

         • Lithography & Die Sizes

         • Rated TDP & CPUID

         • Transistor Count

=> Platform Browser (ark.intel.com/Platforms.aspx)

      + Browse platforms by Usage Model

         • Embedded

         • Business/Enterprise

         • Consumer/Home

      + Browse platform by Code Name

      + Find all the processors & chipsets that fall within a platform

      + Plus find the technologies that the platform you find can support

=> Side-by-Side Comparison of Processors

      + Where ever a processor is listed, click the "Green Plus Circle" to add it to you queue

      + Once you have a few processors selected, click the "compare" button at the top

      + You can then hit the "Red X Circle" for any given processor to take it off the list

      + You can click "Print Friendly" to open a new window pre-formated for printing

      + You can click "Copy Friendly" to open a new window ready to by copy & pasted

      + And, "Clear All" will do exactly what is suggests :robothappy:

 

That's it - that's the high level overview.  Next time, we'll take a look at a "home page" for a processor and break down what you can find for each and every part.

 

In the mean time, if you have any question, please post them as a comment below so we can all learn from it!

 

Message Edited by Eric_M_Mantion on 03-17-2009 05:45 PM
Message Edited by Eric_M_Mantion on 03-17-2009 05:48 PM