IDF Day 2: Mobility, Silverthorne, Moorestown
When Anand Chandrasekher came out for the Ultra Mobility portion of the keynote, he spoke about the upcoming 45nm Silverthorne processor core what will be part of the Menlow platform, and of Intel’s intention to have the platform featured in a multitude of low-power UMPCs and mobile internet devices.
Anand then went on to talk about how many current ultra-mobile solutions tend to offer sub-par compatibility with the Internet, and that many users who already have mobile devices, like smartphones for example, don’t use them for browsing the web or answering e-mail, because only a small sub-set of the internet works really well on these devices. He expects that when the x86 Menlow is available, software developers will be better able to create more robust mobile applications that perform similarly to their desktop counterparts.
He also talked of the major advanced made with Menlow in regard to power consumption. He showed a real-time graph showing a low-power Dothan 5.5w versus a .55w Melow emphasizing that Intel has reached their goal of a 10x reduction in power consumption with Menlow.
Anand talked more about Menlow and Silverthorne and brought out a couple of software partners from Canonical and Abode to talk about the products they had in the works for Menlow. Canonical has a Linux distro based on Ubuntu in the works for MIDs and Adobe as an API and runtime distribution on the way that will make creating applications for mobile devices OS agnostic.
Over the course of the discussion a number UMPCs were demoed, including devices from Asus and Compal that featured WiMax. Using the devices, users could browse to any website – not just sites designed for mobile platforms – with good responsiveness and performance, and without suffering from the incompatibilities common to mobile devices.
Anand then closed the discussion with talk of the Moorestown platform and showed off an iPhone-like device mock-up. He also played an animation that was designed to show what Moorestown could do. With Moorestown, Intel will incorporate the memory controller, a video engine, and a graphics processor onto a single-chip, to further reduce package size and power consumption. Moorestown is due to arrive in the 2009 / 2010 timeframe.