Intel’s new T5500 and 5700 chips have the Gen9 processors that allow for 4k video to virtual reality headsets. The Gen9 is considered an integrated graphics processor. The Atom chips have the code name: Broxton.
A while back in 2009 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, infamously talked down on the Atom notebooks for have under-performing hardware. However that was over 7 years ago and now, the Atom chips have immensely improved since then.
The Atom T5500 and 5700 chips have features that are now being found in low-end PC processors. In addition to this, the Atom chips are actually being targeted for usage in drones, robots, wearable, and home devices. What makes the Atom chips so unique is that it can provide 4k decoding and encoding capabilities. Not only can this but the chips also support at a maximum of three 4K Display Port and HDMI displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz. There will also be an image processing engine that is considered next generation that will help speed up visual computing.
The Atom chips will support operating systems such as Windows 10 desktop, Linux, Windows 10 IoT Core, Android, and the VxWorks real time OS.
Here is what Shah said in terms of how to obtain the chip.
“You can get the new Atom chip through Intel's latest Joule developer board, which like Raspberry Pi 3, is targeted at people looking to build devices. The $369 Joule 570x has a 1.7GHz Atom T5700 processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 16GB of storage, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.”