Intel Unveils Next-Gen Moorestown Atom Platform - HotHardware

Intel Unveils Next-Gen Moorestown Atom Platform

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As we have already mentioned, the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20 (previously codenamed Langwell) and the Briertown Mixed Signal IC (MSIC) are both low-powered chips designed to bring the total power consumption of the Moorestown platform down versus the previous-gen Menlow platform.


The slides above illustrate what features and capabilities are integrated into each chip. We should add that the MP20 is a 14x14x1.3mm chip with a 0.5mm pitch BGA.

The Briertown MSIC integrates power delivery and things like audio codecs, intelligent battery charging circuitry, a touch screen controller, and analog and current sensors, among other features. It also acts as part of the power gating solution, with multiple voltage rails connected to Lincroft and Langwell. The MSIC also enables fast ramping for Burst mode and enables faster transitions into and out of power states, which will allow more frequent and longer residency in power saving states, like S0i1 and S0i3.


In total, the combination of the new Intel Atom Processor Z6xx, the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20, and the Briertown MSIC at the center of Moorestown results in a platform that consumes less power under load than the previous-gen Menlow did at idle. That kind of power consumption allows the Moorestown platform, when paired to a Blackberry-esque 1500mAh batter, to offer roughly 11 days of standby time, versus 6-14days for competing solutions. Moorestown also offers about 2 days of music playback time versus .5 to 1.2 days for competing solution, roughly 5 hours of video playback time versus 4-11 hours, and about 5 hours of web browsing versus 3 - 7 hours of other products. And that's with the highest clocked, 1.5GHz smartphone part.

While Intel doesn't claim the absolute best battery life, bar none, they are keen to point out that Moorestown gets the company in the necessary ballpark to play with the big guns in the smartphone space.  Reportedly, Moorestown also competes this way while offering about 1.5x – 3x the compute performance of other mobile platforms--at least according to Intel's numbers.

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The phone is very nice looking and the perf is awesome (1080p on your phone is insane). I just do not get the 45nm it makes no sense much like the cpu/gpu thing. A larger processor of any type creates more heat, and uses more energy by default. So the phone would run considerably longer cooler, with better wear over time, more comfortable to carry on your person etc etc etc.

Yes I know they wanted to flash there awesome new stuff, but come on like they don't have enough intro'd in the last 6 months give me a break. Take a cue from apple (I cannot believe I just said that), even though I hate many of there business practices, and many other things about them as a company. They do great design, and generally it does not leak, or people that leak it mysteriously disappear.

They already had the 45nm. Yes I could see a batch unit specially for this type of thing (flash), but design a working 32nm variant before it's released. Not only will the world be better for it, the company will also do better. Think about one of these in 32nm with there new hyper gate technology in it, that would blow the performance of any mobile unit on the planet to shame. Yeah an EVO or a Legend may look awesome, but imagine one running at 1.66 with a ULV Atom at 32nm in it. Use your competition to and get ATI busting on some uber small GPU at 22nm or something with a 20GB mini SSD unit in it as well.

Show us what a tablet/smart phone/ ultra mobile computer is supposed to look like, not what you may be able to produce in a year or two!

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I wondered when Intel was going to get into this area, as ARM seemed to be doing well with their "Snapdragon" CPU for mobile devices. I was thinking certainly Intel was not conceding this part of the market. Phones seem to be fast enough today maybe this will help battery life. Again the iPhone seems snappy at least the 3GS model.

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It's good to see more players in this segment. Prices will fall with meaningful competition. This is good.

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Sweet looking phone!
Maybe now with the new processor that creates more heat. We are going back to the phones that heat up after you talk for a while. SO you get to have that sweat dripping on the screen again!
Or maybe that's just the cancer in my head from the old flip phone talking :P

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