Intel announced on Wednesday that its new Moorestown platform is now available, consisting of the 45nm "Lincroft" system-on-a-chip Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series Family, the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20 ("Langwell"), and the dedicated Mixed Signal IC (MSIC) codenamed "Briertown." Focused on the mobile sector, the new platform promises "PC-like" features for smartphones and tablets including true 3D graphics, 1080p video, multitasking, and more.
But while the platform focuses on high performance for portable devices, it also aims to keep the power consumption relatively low. "Collectively these new chips deliver significantly lower power including >50x reduction in idle power, >20x reduction in audio power, and 2-3x reductions across browsing and video scenarios," the company said. "These power savings translate into >10 days of standby, up to 2 days of audio playback and 4-5 hours of browsing and video battery life."
Intel said that Moorestown supports up to 1.5 GHz for high-end smartphones, and up to 1.9 GHz for tablets and other handheld devices. In addition to offering support for WiMAX, 3G/HSPA and Wi-Fi, the new platform is also compatible with Google's Android OS, Meego, and Moblin. "Intel is bringing together a breadth of applications and ecosystem support across these platforms to enable a software- and Internet-compatible user experience for developers and consumers," added Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Ultra Mobility Group.
Intel's new Moorestown platform is available today, however devices based on the technology probably won't hit the market until Q3 or Q4. Then again, device manufacturers may have been waiting on Intel to make its Moorestown appearance before revealing their own Moorestown devices. If that's the case, keep an eye peeled over the next few days for various announcements.
But why would you want to use a phone as a source for 1080p on your TV?
Don't you already have a kick @$$ PC connected to your home entertainment system?
And if you are in a hotel room without your PC, I don't think you are planning on watching videos.
I would love to have HDMI out on my phone to watch southpark episodes and other streaming with my friends. My phone's internet is faster than my home internet, but also costs more. Why not use it?
This goes to the heart of that, if I have a collection of HD videos and dont have the PC near the TV, it would be nice to be able to transfer the videos to a portable device and plug into the TV. In this case it isn't a phone per-se, i'm just using it as a glorified playback device. You could say that I should just have a dedicated video playback device near the TV and a separate phone, but there will always be a sector of the market that wants to have a single device that does it all.
What I really want is if someone could shrink my full tower PC down to the size of a phone, wirelessly transmit full HD to any monitor or TV nearby, burn BluRay or DVD to a nearby wireless burner, print to a nearby wireless printer, 100Mb broadband wirelessly anywhere in the world, if there are no monitor or TV nearby I want it to project a user-manipulable hologram in front of me, I want it to be able to install any operating system I want including OSX even though I wont, I want it to install any software I own, allow any future CPU, RAM, HDD or Graphics to be upgraded without having to replace the whole thing, I want it to be able to play any of my media collection, iron my shirts, make me a coffee, give me a foot massage, tell me next weeks winning lottery tickets and keys to the playboy mansion.
IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?