Intel Moorestown platform to drive smartphones in 2010
By Alan Brandon
January 11, 2010
Look for a boost in smartphone performance and capabilities as the Intel Moorestown platform starts to appear in devices this year. Intel says that the new mobile Internet device (MID) platform will be launching during the first half of 2010, and should begin appearing in consumer devices on the market as early as the third quarter. The specs look promising and Intel was showing off a bevy of prototypes and reference designs at CES 2010, including units from Aava Mobile, EB, Inventec, Open Peak, and Winstron. LG also had a Moorestown-based smartphone on hand at the show.
The Moorestown platform is designed to be a faster, more efficient version of the Atom CPU computing platform. Combined with Intel’s Moblin OS, the company is looking to make the platform a serious competitor in the smartphone market. Moorestown is designed to idle using much less power than the Atom or other processors. (Intel claims it uses up to 50 times less power at idle.) This would provide the essential long battery life for a smartphone or netbook. The Moorsetown platform also feature HD video, with the ability to record 720p HD and playback 1080p HD. In demos at CES, Moorestown-based devices were shown playing HD video at 30fps.
Aava Mobile had a prototype Moorestown-based smartphone on hand at CES. This reference design unit featured front and back video cameras, a 3.7in. (9.4cm) screen, a micro SD slot, and a micro USB port for connecting and charging. The Aava unit was running Moblin 2.0 with a variety of apps including an integrated messaging center, social media, browser, and even a version of Quake.
For a hands-on look at the Aava Mobile prototype watch the video below, courtesy of netbooknews.com.
LG also had their Moorestown-based GW990 smartphone at CES 2010. The GW990 features HD 720p recording and 1080p playback, a 5MP camera with an LED flash, GPS, and electronic compass. The phone includes an 1850mAh battery and LG says it should be available in the third quarter of 2010.
In addition to the Moorestown news, Intel also announced the releases of a slew of new processors including:
Although the Moorestown platform can be designed into netbooks in addition to smartphones and other MIDs, Intel also displayed an extensive range of new netbooks based on existing Atom processors including new models from Fujitsu, UMID, Viliv, Toshiba, Dell, MSI, and Asus with displays from 4.8 to 10.1in. (12.2 to 25.7cm), many weighing less than 1lbs (0.5kg), and some capable of running Windows 7.