IDF 2008: Intel readies low-power smartphone chip

Intel said its next low-power chip for smartphones is being readied for sampling - progress for the chip maker that has big plans in the mobile space.

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Intel said its next low-power chip for smartphones is being readied for sampling - progress for the chip maker that has big plans in the mobile space.

Intel showed off a wafer with chips based on the Moorestown platform and is working quickly to get the chips to manufacturing so they can be tested more widely, said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of the ultra-mobility group at Intel, during a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

With a hoped-for release date before 2010, Chandrasekher said the new chips will reduce power consumption by up to 10 times compared to Intel's current processors for handheld computers. They will also bring more computing applications and a full high-definition content experience to those devices.

At the heart of the Moorestown platform will be a system-on-chip code-named Lincroft, which will integrate a graphics, video and memory controller on a single chip.

More information about Moorestown will be revealed as the release date comes closer, Chandrasekher said.

Intel currently develops Atom chips for handheld computers, which have shipped in products like mobile Internet devices from vendors including Clarion and Lenovo. Intel has another version of the Atom processor for low-cost PCs and desktops. An Atom-based handheld from OQO is also on show at IDF.

 
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