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Intel Offers Details On Moorestown, Mobile Nehalem

The platform will be accompanied by Intel's Moblin software, which handles voice calls, and is expected to compete with ARM-based products from Nvidia, Qualcomm, and TI.

Intel on Wednesday disclosed more technical details on its upcoming Moorestown platform, which that chipmaker expects to be a competitive product for manufacturers of smartphones and other small, mobile Internet devices.

In addition, Intel executives addressing the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing said the company planned to ship mobile processors based on the new Nehalem microarchitecture in the second half of this year. Nehalem, which boosts performance through the use of an integrated memory controller, is currently available in the Core i7 brand of chips for high-end desktops and in the Xeon 5500 series of server processors.

Anand Chandrasekher, senior VP and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, demonstrated at IDF the Atom processor headed for Moorestown. The upcoming chip provides a significant reduction in idle power than current generation Atom chips, which dominate the mini-laptop, or netbook, market today.

The Moorestown platform, scheduled for release next year, comprises a system-on-chip, code-named Lincroft, that integrates a 45-nanometer Atom, a graphics, video, and memory controller; and an I/O hub, code-named Langwell.

The platform will be accompanied by Intel's Moblin software, which handles voice calls, and is expected to compete with ARM-based products from Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. TI in December topped ABI Research's ranking of platform vendors for mobile Internet devices, including smartphones.

In the second half of this year, Intel plans to release Nehalem-based processors within a new mobile platform, code-named Calpella, Chandrasekher said. The new processors, aimed at ultrathin and light laptop designs, are expected to provide higher performance than current-generation chips while consuming less power.

Following Chandrasekher, Pat Gelsinger, senior VP and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, told the gathering that the server version of Nehalem, called Nehalem-EP, would be used in upcoming processors for embedded applications within the telecommunications and storage industries. Code-named Jasper Forest, the chips would compete with specialty products from Texas Instruments and Freescale Semiconductor.

Gelsinger also said that Intel's Larrabee graphics processor would be available in discrete cards used in higher-end PCs, typically those geared toward multimedia entertainment and gaming, within the 2009/2010 timeframe.

For standard desktop and laptop designs, Intel planned to begin production of 32-nanometer, Nehalem-based processors in the second half of this year, Gelsinger said. In addition, Intel would start making an eight-core Nehalem chip, as previously announced.

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