Intel made a series of announcements last night that push its low-power Atom processor closer to the smartphone side of the mobile computing spectrum. It announced more details of its Moorestown platform aimed at mobile Internet devices. The platform is coming in 2010 and includes an Atom processor that consumes 10x less power when idle; a graphics, video and memory controller; and an I/O hub. Intel also plans to release a new version of the Moblin software for Mobile Internet Devices that can handle voice calls. It may be as close as we get to an Atom-based smartphone.
The Moorestown platform will connect to an HSPA radio from ST-Ericsson, and will compete against ARM-based platforms offered by Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and perhaps the platform that powers the Apple iPhone. In addition to its mobile update, Intel also said it would release its Larrabee graphics chip in the 2009/2010 time frame.
In keeping with Intel’s plans to put the new, super-fast Nehalem architecture in more than just PCs and servers, the company promised a laptop version called Capella, which will be available to install in devices in the second half of this year. Intel also promised a Nehalem chip called “Jasper Forest” for the compute-intense embedded market, which includes telecommunications and storage, that could compete with specialty processors from Texas Instruments or Freescale Semiconductor.