Intel Expects Moorestown To Compete In Smartphone Space Early Next Year - HotHardware
Intel Expects Moorestown To Compete In Smartphone Space Early Next Year

Intel Expects Moorestown To Compete In Smartphone Space Early Next Year

NVIDIA has Tegra, ARM has the Cortex line, and Qualcomm has the Snapdragon family. These are the major players in the smartphone CPU war right now, and there seems to be plenty of options to go around. But of course, as a microprocessor company, Intel isn't going to just sit around on the sidelines while everyone else wins business in a growing category. The Atom platform is being tweaked and expanded to include Moorestown, which is a new low-drain arm of Atom that will work nicely in MIDs, smartphones and even tablet PCs.


But it's going to be quite some time before Intel's ready to compete in the space. During the Computex show this week, the company stated that they wouldn't be ready to ship a Moorestown-based smartphone before early 2011, with tablets and slates to get the platform "first." We aren't too surprised at the notion; shipping first in a tablet, which has less strict power and heat requirements due to the larger size, makes sense, and it will give Intel time to work out the problems with thermals.


But what will the smartphone landscape look like in 7-8 months? Another CPU will enter the fold (the A4 CPU expected in Apple's next generation iPhone), and we're certain that Qualcomm's dual-core 1.2GHz chip will be toasting benchmarks everywhere. Does the world really have room for another smartphone chip? According to Intel, yes. Moorestown is shaping up to be the most powerful smartphone platform yet, with the ability to truly multi-task, play back 1080p video and even handle games like World of Warcraft right on your phone. Of course, we will have to wait until a product ships before blows are thrown, but next year's smartphone wars are bound to be exciting. We're guessing a MeeGo phone (or a Moblin phone) will be first to test Moorestown, but who knows--maybe Android will make a surprise appearance.
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With Intel's manufacturing prowess, i'm surprised they didn't make a high performance, low power, smartphone processor much, much sooner.

It seems like they are only jumping on the bandwagon after seeing what everyone else can do.

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Oh, they've been trying. Atom itself was an attempt.... but it lost to the ARM Cortex across the board on size, power, performance... (a 1Ghz Cortex beats a 1.6Ghz Atom). It will be interesting to see if Intel brings some real competition this time.

I rather like that ARM has forced people to shed their single-processor-architecture notions though, and hope they continue to have a large marketshare (and maybe move into the desktop space). Competition creates incentive for innovation.

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True.

That would be quite neat to see ARM in the desktop scene. Would be interesting to have more choices for processors as well.

At the rate technology is going, i'm pretty sure we will get to a point where most technology will pretty much be able to do the same thing (what i mean is that for example, Intel, AMD, ARM, Texas Instruments, will have such powerful chips that no matter what you get it will do well). My point being is that having all these devices similar in terms of performance/power you can have a good choice of what you want to get, and not have to be locked into one certain provider.

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Chainzsaw:

True.

That would be quite neat to see ARM in the desktop scene. Would be interesting to have more choices for processors as well.

At the rate technology is going, i'm pretty sure we will get to a point where most technology will pretty much be able to do the same thing (what i mean is that for example, Intel, AMD, ARM, Texas Instruments, will have such powerful chips that no matter what you get it will do well). My point being is that having all these devices similar in terms of performance/power you can have a good choice of what you want to get, and not have to be locked into one certain provider.

I don't know how it'd work in the desktop market and how powerful it would be comparing it to AMD and Intel. While I do appriciate what ARM processors are doing (we shouldn't forget the fact that Intel used to manufacture ARM processors itself.) I just don't see it being competitive in a desktop market but I will be interested to see what Intel's new mobile processors can do once they reach the tablets.

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ARM is not X86 so I don't think it's going to the desktop any time soon. Cellphone and netbook CPUs are starting to blur a bit. I have seen that 1GHz SnapDragon in a few tables and phones.

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>> i'm pretty sure we will get to a point where most technology will pretty much be able to do the same thing

Only if the patent system gets some much-needed reform. :) I certainly hope so though.

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I should have been a bit more clear on what I was trying to convey. I meant in the sense of most technology being able to do the same thing much in the way for example Boing and Airbus compete. They offer different airplanes, but in the end they both get you where you need to go :)

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