Efficient Intelligence at the Edge

Key Benefits

  • Up to 4.0x storage performance improvement3

  • Up to 3.4x network performance improvement4

  • Up to 2.3x compute performance improvement5


Delivering low power, efficient intelligence, to the farthest edge of the network.

As communication service providers, enterprise IT, and cloud service providers seek to speed new service delivery and handle exponential growth in the number of users accessing their services, it is essential that they optimize infrastructure for density and cost, both in the data center and at the network edge. Inefficient data center scaling drives up space and cost and increases environmental impact, while fixed function, proprietary devices at the network edge hinder the ability of IT and service providers to rapidly deploy and manage new services.

The Intel Atom® C3000 processor delivers new options for cost and infrastructure optimization, by bringing the efficient performance and intelligence of Intel Atom® processor into a dense, lower-power system-on-a-chip (SoC), designed specifically for network and edge solutions. The Intel Atom® C3000 processor is Intel’s third generation system-on-a-chip based CPU manufactured on Intel’s optimized 14nm process technology. It can be deployed for a variety of light scale-out workloads that require very low power, high density, and high I/O integration including network routers, switches, storage, security appliances, dynamic web serving, and more.

Available in a range of configurations from 2 core to 16 core and up to 256 GB1 DDR4 2400 MHz ECC (SODIMM, UDIMM, or RDIMM) of addressable memory, this system-on-a-chip (SoC) has an integrated platform controller hub (PCH), integrated I/O, up to four integrated 10 Gigabit Intel® Ethernet adapters, and a thermal design point (TDP) of 8.5 watts to 32 watts. It can run the same software and instruction sets as Intel® Xeon® processors to provide software consistency and deployability from the data center to the network edge. It also provides advanced server-class capabilities, including:

  • Integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) offering up to 20 Gbps cryptography and up to 20 Gbps of compression, to free up valuable cycles on processors to perform value-added, differentiating functionality
  • Integrated Intel® Ethernet supporting up to four 10 GbE adapters delivering value-added data transmission throughput and network performance
  • Built-in hardware virtualization with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) to enable dynamic provisioning of services as communication service providers extend network functions virtualization (NFV) to the network edge
  • Up to 20 lanes of flexible high-speed input/output (HSIO), supporting a combination of PCIe* Gen 3, SATA3, USB 3.0, and fixed eMMC
  • Intel x86 64-bit Software Support for scalable performance and broad application/workload compatibility
  • Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) features, including support for error-correcting code (ECC) memory and platform-level error management and resilience
  • Support for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) usages and Extended Ambient Operation Temperature (eTEMP*) from -40⁰C to +85⁰C

Network Transformation
To realize the potential of 5G, Communications Service Providers need to quickly and easily deploy new services to the network edge, decreasing the amount of traffic going back to the mobile core and the data center, further reducing network latency. The new 5G radio interface will receive a performance boost and edge networks are going to be more intelligent and change the way services are delivered to mobile subscribers.

The Intel Atom® C3000 processor supports this transformation, and Intel is working with communications equipment vendors to increase computing, bandwidth, and storage capacity at the edge—including 5G base stations with integrated server capabilities, virtualized customer premise equipment (vCPE), software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), and network appliances.

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Data accumulation is a very real issue for many enterprises. The ongoing growth and generation of important data brings unique requirements of data protection and integrity outside of performance demands of enterprise servers. Fortunately the surface area at the enterprise edge is uniquely positioned to deploy effective data reduction and data security through storage fundamentals such as deduplication and encryption which is ideal for cold and longer term storage needs. The Intel Atom® C3000 processor delivers storage primitives functions in a highly integrated affordable package that can be deployed at the edge where the primary requirements are affordability, low power, and small footprint.

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Internet of Things (IoT)
The Intel Atom® C3000 processor extends low-power Intel® architecture into new segments and accelerates IoT innovation across a wide range of environments and use cases. With industry-leading performance per watt, low TDP, and unprecedented levels of configurable high-speed I/O, this new SoC family delivers next-generation, multicore performance and scalability for low-power, high-density, and fanless designs. Plus, integrated technologies and pre-validated solutions enable industrial, energy, aerospace, robotics, public sector, and other customers with demanding edge IoT workloads to easily extract value from data, reduce time to market, and innovate new connected technologies faster.

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Scalable Solutions
Intel works with companies worldwide to understand and appreciate their business needs, service demands, challenges, and opportunities with technology. The insights and knowledge gained from these partnerships help us design the most advanced solutions to help you be successful. The Intel Atom® C3000 processor delivers on customer demands for low power and efficient performance that are required in select network products and solutions. Intel's portfolio of solutions extended from the Intel Atom® C3000 processor to the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. The Intel® Xeon® Scalable platform provides the foundation for a powerful data center platform that creates an evolutionary leap in agility and scalability.

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Features at-a-Glance

Low Power Advantage  
Intel Atom® C3000 processor Dense, lower-power system-on-a-chip, designed specifically for network and edge solutions
  • Manufactured on Intel’s optimized 14nm process technology
  • Optimized for light scale-out workloads that require very low power, high density, and high I/O integration
Design Flexibility  
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 8.5 watts to 32 watts for low power product design flexibility

Core Count

Up to 16 cores, delivering efficient intelligence to edge workloads

Cache Size

Less than 8 cores, L2 is 2 MB/Core and more than 8 cores, L2 is 2MB/Core Pair. Fast memory, close to the processor cores, supporting overall performance and workload processing

Memory Support

Up to 2 channels of DDR4 ECC supporting data integrity and system reliability

Maximum Memory Capacity

Up to 256 GB1 supporting workload loading, processing, and data transmission

PCI Express* 3.0 ports

Extra capacity and flexibility for storage and networking connections

  • Up to double2 the I/O bandwidth of prior-generation PCIe*

Serial ATA 3.0 (SATA 3.0)

Fast data access, system startups, and application load times

  • Doubles3 data throughput versus previous generation for faster hard drive performance
Support for error-correcting (ECC) memory Better data integrity and system reliability through automatic data correction
Intel® Server Platform Services (Intel® SPS) Designed for managing rack-mount servers, Intel® Server Platform Services (Intel® SPS) provides a suite of tools to control and monitor power, thermal, and resource utilization
Security and Efficient Performance  
Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT) Hardware acceleration for compute-intensive workloads, such as cryptography and data compression, by offloading the functions to a specialized logic engine, freeing the processor to focus on other workload operations
Integrated Intel® Ethernet Cost and performance savings with integrated Intel® Ethernet enabling extensive compatibility, broad product selection, performance and acceleration, easy installation and reliability, worldwide availability, and world-class support
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) for IA-32 and Intel® 64 (Intel® VT-x)

Faster performance for core virtualization processes

  • Improves application performance, live migration, provisioning, dynamic load balancing, and disaster recovery
Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)

New encryption instruction set that improves on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

  • Comprised of seven new instructions, Intel® AES-NI gives your IT environment faster, more affordable data protection, and greater security; making pervasive encryption feasible in areas where previously it was not

Intel Atom® C3000 Processors

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Product and Performance Information


Memory based on 16Gb technology (including max memory configuration of 256GB) is supported but not validated on Intel platforms. Please check with your hardware vendor for specific memory support.


Eight Gigatransfers (GT) per second and 256b/130b encoding in PCIe* 3.0 specification enables double the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe 2.0 specification. Source: pcisig.com/news_ room/November_18_2010_Press_Release/.


The SATA 3.x specification enables double the data rate (from 3 GB/s to 6 Gb/s) of that enabled by the SATA 2.x specification. Source http://www.sata-io.org/technology/6Gbdetails.asp.


Up to 2.3x compute performance improvement vs. Intel Atom® C2000 processor. Old: 1-Node, 1 x Intel Atom® processor C2750 on Edisonville with 32 GB Total Memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.0 kernel 3.10.0-123 using (No Software). Data Source: Request Number: 103, Benchmark: SPECint*_rate_base2006, Score: 103 Higher is better. New: 1-Node, 1 x Intel Atom® processor C3955 on Harrisonville with 64GB total memory on Ubuntu* 16.04 LTS Kernel 4.4.0-31-generic using SPECint_rate_base2006. Data Source: Intel Internal Measurement, Score: 246. Higher is better.


Up to 3.4x network performance improvement vs. Intel Atom® C2000 processor. Old: Intel Atom® C2758 on SuperMicro Platform with 4GB total memory on Ubuntu* 12.04 using IPSec Forwarding Performance using AES-128GCM @ 1420B. Data source: Intel Internal Measurement, Score: 7.8 higher is better. New: Intel Atom® C3958 on Harcuvar with 32GB total memory on Ubuntu*16.04.1 LTS x86_64 using IPSec Forwarding Performance using AES-128GCM @ 1420B. Data source: Intel Internal Measurement, Score: 26.58. Higher is better.


Up to 4.0x storage performance improvement vs. Intel Atom® C2000 processor. Old: 1-Node, 1 x Intel Atom® processor C2750 on Mohon Peak with 16GB total memory using ISA-L AES-CBC 256. Data source: Intel Internal Measurement, score 7.73 Cycle/Byte lower is better. New: 1-Node, 1 x Intel Atom® processor C3958 on Ostrich Bay CRB with 32GB total memory using ISA-L AES-CBC 256. Data source: Intel Internal Measurement, score: 1.91 Cycle/Byte. Lower is better.