Intel shows next-gen MID processor

Processor company shows a working version of its upcoming Atom processor, codenamed ‘Moorestown’ at its developer forum in Taiwan.

Intel has shown a working sample of its second generation Atom processor, codenamed Moorestown', at its Intel Developer Forum in Taipai, Taiwan.

Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, said that with Moorestown, Intel is on track to reduce platform idle power by more than 10 times compared to the first-generation MIDs based on the Intel Atom processor.

The end result will be smaller, and more powerful devices with far longer battery life. These are some way off however, and devices based on Moorestown are expected to appear in late 2009 or in 2010.

Moorestown is a highly integrated version of the first Atom chip. Like the Atom, it's based on a 45nm process, and comprises of a SOC' system on a chip, codenamed Lincroft', which offers a processor, graphics, memory controller and video encoding/decoding features, all integrated onto a single chip. Connected to this is Langwell', an I/O connection hub that hooks up to wireless, storage and display.

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Functions mentioned for the prototype device were 3G, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile TV.

Chandrasekher announced collaborations with Ericsson for HSPA data modules optimised for Moorestown and similarly that Option - a manufacturer of mobile broadband dongles - is working on Moorestown devices too.

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