Intel Architecture White Papers

Why Intel Architecture is Right for your Embedded Application
“Make” versus “buy” is a complex business decision faced by all embedded system Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Expediency, time-to-market challenges, upfront hardware development costs, and the broad availability and breadth of commercial solutions frequently tilt the scale in favor of using proven, off-the-shelf products. The top-to-bottom scalability of the embedded IA product line enables hundreds of board-level solutions ranging from small form factor modules to full ATCA systems. Available from a wide range of board and solution providers within the Intel ECA, these solutions deliver scalable, power-efficient processing for a wide range of applications, an established programming environment, and a clear product roadmap for a reliable path to the future.

Implementing Firmware on Embedded Intel Architecture: Design Guidelines
Embedded Intel architecture designs include a firmware stack which initializes CPU cores, memory, IO, peripherals, graphics and provides runtime support for operating systems. This paper gives a high-level overview of a number of firmware technologies to be considered on Embedded Intel architecture designs. Many links to external references are included. Because of its inherent complexity and number of technologies to be considered, the general recommendation is made that OEM Embedded Intel architecture firmware design teams consider starting with an available solution from an IBV, ISV or the Intel ecosystem and build on it to meet their particular product requirements.

An Introduction to Intel Architecture: The Basics
Intel architecture is a powerful computing architecture that utilizes some fundamental ingredients for specific functions. The basic workings of these ingredients may not be intuitive to those who have never designed with Intel architecture in the past. The goal of this paper is to describe the basic operation and function to the platform for the ingredients used in three classes of Intel architecture platforms. The paper will focus on the platforms featuring the Intel Atom processor, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and the Intel Core i7 processor.