Intel Quark SoC X1000 processors in distribution

March 13, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Mouser Electronics is now shipping the Intel Quark X1000 SoC, Intel’s 32-bit processor built for the next generation of connected devices. The Quark X1000 is the first in a new line of Intel processors designed for new applications ranging from Internet-of-Things (IoT) to wearables, transportation, energy, and industrial control.

Quark X1000 SoC processors run as fast as 400 MHz and are designed specifically for high performance low power applications. The Quark is backwards-compatible with previous Intel processors and software compatible with existing x86-based CPUs such as the Intel Atom and Intel Core line of processors. The Quark is 100% compatible with the Pentium instruction set and runs PC compatible software.

Performance is enhanced with 16 kBytes of shared instruction and L1 data cache; 512 kBytes of on chip SRAM is also available. The Intel Quark SoC has on-chip connectivity which includes a PCI Express interface, two 10/100-Ethernet ports, USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI), USB 2.0 Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI), I 2C, SPI, and a high speed UART with DMA. The Intel Quark supports a variety of external memory interfaces including microSD, SDIO, and eMMC. An on-chip DDR3 memory controller allows easy access and control of external DRAM memory.