Intel officially unveiled Moorestown platform

Published on May 05, 2010

Intel officially unveiled Moorestown platform

    Intel follows in the footsteps of ARM, an obvious example of this is the announcement of the Moorestown platform, focused on use in devices with limited energy resources, such as smartphones, tablet computers and similar mobile gadgets.

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    Representatives of the Moorestown family will be run at 45 nmAtom Z6xx process technology (codenamed Lincroft). These will be not just processors, but so-called “systems on a chip” equipped with 140 million transistors and an MP20 controller (Langwell). According to the developer, the new chips will consume 50 times less electricity in idle mode, 20 times less in audio playback mode and 2-3 times less in case of Internet surfing and watching videos. All this in comparison with similar representatives of previous generations of chips.

    According to Intel, the new platform will find application in future mobile devices, which will work for 10 days in standby mode and 4-5 hours in active use. Moorestown-based devices will support 1080p video playback, while they themselves will be able to record 720p videos. Moorestown will also receive support for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1 and OpenVG 1.1, due to the presence of the GMA 600 graphic core. Also, on mobile phones and tablets based on the new platform, you should expect the availability of WiFi, 3G / HSPA, the possibility of installing the WiMAX module. At the same time, Android, MeeGo or Moblin 2.1+ will act as the operating system.

    Anand Chandrasekher, president of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, said Intel is introducing for the first time a product that will extend Intel Architecture [IA] to the smartphone segment. Thanks to Moorestown in the near future we should expect the appearance of not only productive, but also energy-efficient devices.

    Well, the official announcement of Moorestown has taken place, and the mass production of new compact gadgets with a long working time will not take long.

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    According to information from Intel, in standby mode, the chip consumes about 21 mW of electricity, which is 50 times less than that of the representatives of the Menlow family. In the case of using a 1500 mAh battery, the device will last in stand-by for about 10 days. Again, compared to Menlow, Moorestown is able to play audio 20 times longer.

    PowerVR SGX and VXD are responsible for processing graphics and video, respectively. In this case, displays with a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels will be supported, in the case of using LVDS, and 1024 x 600 pixels when using MIPI. Also, the new platform can be equipped with a pair of cameras: 5 megapixel for basic shots and a VGA-sensor for video conferencing.

    Depending on the model, Atom Z6xx will have a frequency of 1.5 GHz, such versions of SoC will be used in devices like smartphones and communicators, and from 1.9 GHz, these are already suitable for tablet computers.

    The photo from the presentation in London shows that Intel representatives launched the Avatar movie trailer in one window and a video conference took place in another at that time. The prototype of the nameless device with the new Atom easily coped with these tasks.

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    Footage from intel presentation. Features of the new SoC:

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    Features of the MP20 controller:

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    According to Chandraseker, Moorestown will become a serious competitor for existing platforms. So the prototype of the device based on Moorestown in the SunSpider JavaScript test loaded and displayed pages two, or even three times faster than any of the three “best” smartphones currently on the market. In the test for mobile platforms 3DMark Mobile ES 2.0, Moorestown was two to four times faster.