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LG devices are expected to be first "Moorestown" devices on the market

The smartphone market is hot and posting much higher growth rates than other segments of the mobile phone world. As smartphone sales rise, consumers are looking to perform more and more functions with their devices on a daily basis.

LG and Intel have announced that they have teamed up to bring an LG MID and smartphone to market in 2010 that uses the upcoming Intel Moorestown platform. A Moorestown-based system-on-chip that puts a 45nm CPU, graphics, memory controller, video encoding, and decoding in one package codenamed Lincroft will be the heart of the LG devices. The devices will also utilize the Intel Langwell I/O hub that offers the capability to connect to wireless, storage, and display devices.

Intel and LG are talking about the Moorestown based devices at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, but are not expected to make the devices available until 2010. Intel faces stiff competition as it again tries to enter into smartphone and MID market. The market is dominated by ARM with ARM processors available from Qualcomm, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Freescale and more.

One major benefit of ARM-based CPUs compared to previous generation Intel CPUs for the smartphone and MID market was that the ARM devices use much less power. Intel will also have to convince telecom carriers to support a new device and a new platform, which could prove difficult.

InStat analyst Jim McGregor said, "Intel is still a key innovator in the market. The Atom processor is a success and with the Moorestown platform, they are taken it down into a realm where it is actually competitive for these mobile solutions… Do they have an edge when it comes to ARM – no. Intel does not have relationships with the entire ecosystem."

EWeek reports that despite the challenges ahead of Intel in entering the MID and smartphone market, the massive chipmaker has a lot going for it. Intel has more marketing dollars to spend than many competitors in the market and has a strong research and development organization.

McGregor says that Intel needs to get Moorestown to operate inside a 500-milliwatt envelope to be competitive with ARM-based devices. Intel has so far been mum on exactly what the power requirements for the platform are. All Intel will offer as far as power consumption is concerned is a claim that Moorestown will offer a ten times reduction in idle power use compared to its previous MID platform.

LG has said that the Moorestown-based MID and smartphone will use an Intel-developed OS called Moblin. Moblin is Linux-based and has been specifically designed to work with the Intel x86 microarchitecture. Many feel that LG could also be looking to Android as an operating system for the devices as well.

McGregor continued, "Right now, these handset vendors are going to be testing the waters with new products in one of the harshest environments out there. They are going to be testing the waters with Moblin, with Android, with x86 and with ARM."

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Jimmy Durante would be proud
By lufoxe on 2/16/2009 11:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
"ever had the feeling that you wanted to go, ever had the feeling that you wanted to stay"

It seems Intel just can't decide. First they make an ARM based processor then sell it to Freescale due to lack of a market. Then want to go back in...

RE: Jimmy Durante would be proud
By Alphafox78 on 2/16/2009 12:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
Why does everything have to run on x86 too??

RE: Jimmy Durante would be proud
By BSMonitor on 2/16/2009 12:36:54 PM , Rating: 2
Cause everything else is slow as sh&t.

RE: Jimmy Durante would be proud
By Pirks on 2/16/2009 7:12:22 PM , Rating: 3
Are those IBM's POWER chips running BlueGene and Sequoia slow as sh&t?

RE: Jimmy Durante would be proud
By Ish718 on 2/17/09, Rating: 0
By psychobriggsy on 2/16/2009 12:38:03 PM , Rating: 2
They sold it to Marvell, who did exactly diddly squat with it.

Now Qualcomm has dual-core 1.5GHz ARM CPUs, and everyone else is doing similar SoCs for 2009 and 2010.

where is?
By Dreifort on 2/16/2009 10:42:07 AM , Rating: 2
Where is the news about Windows Mobile 6.5?

Wonder if Apple will take on MS in a "multi-touch" lawsuit? This could get fun!

RE: where is?
By SpaceJumper on 2/16/2009 10:49:08 AM , Rating: 2
If Apple wants to sue MS then should sue Apple for the iPhone and iPod touch.

RE: where is?
By Lonyo on 2/16/2009 11:41:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure MS would welcome the opportunity to destroy Apple's claim.

By BaronMatrix on 2/16/2009 2:49:42 PM , Rating: 1
Why does anybody still trust ANY graphics from Intel? Talk about suckers.....They can barely platy BluRay with a full-sized system. I guess that's the advantage of having a MAFIA mentality.

RE: Wow
By ChoadNamath on 2/16/2009 5:35:05 PM , Rating: 3
Their strategy in the graphics market is to provide the bare minimum required. In a smartphone or underpowered laptop, that's not a big deal if they can hit the right power envelope and cost.

ARM processors have no LEG
By nofumble62 on 2/16/2009 1:57:41 PM , Rating: 1
It still does not work with every Websites.

How long does the world have to wait?

RE: ARM processors have no LEG
By Pirks on 2/16/2009 7:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
How's ARM supposed to work with a website designed for desktop IE7? Even Moorestown won't solve that.

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