Intel Announces "Moorestown" UMPC Platform

At IDF Beijing, Intel recently introduced its 2007 ultra-mobile computing platform Menlow. Targeted for 2008, Menlow contains a new 64-bit processor with near 2 GHz clock frequencies, DDR2 memory running at 400MHz or 533MHz, solid-state NAND flash memory and discrete graphics processing. Menlow also has approximately twice the life of current devices, reaching up to 6 hours of regular use and 10.5 hours of standby.

Intel has, however, already announced another major milestone for its ultra-mobile platform called Moorestown. Intel revealed that by roughly mid 2009, devices will be able to last approximately 24 hours. Moorestown combines CPU, GPU and memory controller functions into one chip (think AMD's fusion). Moorestown's CPU will be 50% smaller in size than Silverthorne and consume roughly 50% less power. Intel will also be making Moorestown available as a single core or dual core system utilizing DDR3 memory. Despite having internal graphics, Intel is expecting that Moorestown will outperform Menlow's graphics by another 50%. Moorestown will be just as and more capable than Menlow in terms of features: WiMAX, hardware accelerated 3D such as OGL2.0, HD video decoding and others. Intel did not state whether or not Moorestown will support DX10 graphics and next generation WiMAX technologies.

News source: DailyTech

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