Together with desktop and mobile Ivy Bridge processors, Intel will also introduce in 2012 a series of embedded Pentium chips based on its new 22nm architecture, such as the Pentium G2120 CPU which has just recently been detailed.The yet to be released processor closely resembles Intel’s upcoming Pentium G870 desktop Sandy Bridge SKU, as both models operate at the same 3.1 GHz frequency.
In addition, both of these chips feature 3MB of L3 cache, on-die integrated graphics and a similar feature set.
What this means is that users won’t get support for technologies such as the AVX or AES instruction sets, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost, but the chips will offer VT-x virtualization instead.
The main difference between the embedded Pentium G2120 and the upcoming Pentium G870 SKU is that the former will sport an ECC-compatible memory controller.
Intel’s Pentium G2120 will have a Thermal Design Power of 65 Watts, and allows for up to 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory to be installed.
Unlike most other Intel embedded processors, CPU-World reports that the Pentium G2120 will use the LGA 1155 socket. Its on-die GPU has a base frequency of 650MHz, which can be boosted up to 1050MHz when the need arises.
The processor is said to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012, but no information regarding its price has been uncovered.
In addition to the Pentium G2120, Intel’s embedded Ivy Bridge CPU lineup will include at least two other chips, the Core i3-3120ME and i3-3217UE.
Both of these were revealed in January of this year and pack two computing cores with Hyper-Threading support.
The ultra-low power Core i3-3217UE will work at 1.6GHz, includes 3MB of Level 3 cache memory, and has a 17W TDP, while the Core i3-3120ME also features 3MB of cache, but its higher 35W TDP enabled Intel to raise its operating frequency to 2.4GHz.