Intel is looking to the future of the Mobile Internet Device (MID) and sees a large market for the devices. Intel has unveiled the first working Moorestown platform at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Taipei. The working device was unveiled during the IDF keynote delivered by Anand Chandrasekher.
During the speech, Chandrasekher talked about the impact that the internet and mobile web has had on the lives of consumers across the world. Chandrasekher said, "Technology innovation is the catalyst for new user experiences, industry collaborations and business models that together will shape the next 40 years. As the next billion people connect to and experience the Internet, significant opportunities lie in the power of technology and the development of purpose-built devices that deliver more targeted computing needs and experiences."
Chandrasekher points to Intel's Atom processor, the upcoming Nehalem processor, and the Moorestown platform as examples of its leadership in products that help deliver internet access to consumers.
The working Moorestown device includes a SOC codenamed Lincroft that integrates a 45nm processor, graphics, memory controller, and video encode/decode onto a single chip. Moorestown also includes an I/O hub codenamed Langwell supporting a variety of I/O ports for connecting to wireless devices, storage, and display devices.
Moorestown is on track, according to Chandrasekher, to reduce power consumption on MIDs by 10x compared to the current Atom powered devices. Moorestown platforms will support a range of wireless technology including 3G, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile TV. Intel and Ericsson are working together for a HSPA module optimized for Moorestown. The small modules will measure 25x30x2 mm and have low power requirements.
Minor details of Intel's coming Core i7 processors were also revealed at IDF by Intel's Kirk Skaugen. The i7 processors are set to launch next month and Skaugen says that the parts will provide outstanding performance for gaming and content creation devices.
Intel first introduced the Moorestown platform in May of 2007. The big change with Moorestown from previous generation platforms for the same type of MID devices is that Moorestown integrates the CPU, GPU, and memory controller into one chip. Previous mobile platforms required separate chips for each function.
By combining the functions into one Moorestown chip, Intel was able to save space and power while delivering improved performance. At the time of introduction Intel roadmaps showed that Moorestown devices would be able to last a full day of mixed productivity use and net surfing with approximately 24 hour run time.
Intel didn’t offer any updated availability information at IDF 2008. The original delivery date when Moorestown was introduced was mid-2009. With low cost netbooks supporting the PC industry during the difficult economy around the world today, the Moorestown devices are in a good position in the market.
If the Moorestown MIDs come to market at roughly the same price as the Atom-powered netbooks with much greater battery life, technology fans looking for a low cost option for browsing the internet and checking email could find the Moorestown powered MIDs to be ideal for their needs.
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