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Intel Developer Forum at Taipei showcase mobile processor technologies

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Intel  Corporation held their Intel Developer Forum at Taipei in October, 2008. Below are brief summaries and news highlights from the keynote speeches given by Mooly Eden, Corporate Vice President and Shane Wall, Vice President, Intel’s Mobility Group:

Mooly Eden, Corporate Vice President, General Manager, Mobile Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, described the latest Intel mobile technologies for “expanding the frontiers of mobility” as newer Internet applications continue to drive how people use their PCs, placing new demands on performance and capabilities requirements. Eden demonstrated the extensive design possibilities and devices made possible by Intel’s mobile processor technologies.

Calpella Platform Architecture is powered by the upcoming 45nm-based Nehalem Architecture to offer better performance and energy efficiency. Calpella takes advantage of specific features of the new Nehalem architecture for improved mobile platform performance and energy efficiency in a number of ways such as:

  • Higher integration enables Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) and graphics into the processors. Display, Intel Management Engine, NVM controllers and clock buffers gets integrated into the PCH
  • Integrated Power Gate enables energy-efficient integration of power switches, which can turn cores on or off when not in use, with near-zero leakage power. Integrated Power Gate technology will also be used in the memory system, cache and IO to dynamically power down these sub-systems when not in use
  • Modular/ Scalable Clocking allows core, memory system and I/O to run at independent voltage and frequency enabling faster response time and improved energy efficiency
Calpella will also incorporate Intel Turbo Boost Technology with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology to increase energy efficiency; Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for simultaneous multi-threading and the Loop Streaming Detector for handling replays and large loops, saving power by as much as four fold.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100 offer four separate processing cores to deliver multi-threading performance. The processing cores include:

  • First and highest-performing mobile quad-core processor – Intel 45nm hi-K process technology; four cores running at 2.53 GHz with a 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 cache
  • Intel’s best quad core mobile processor technology - The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100 is a new CPU for the Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology lineup. Offering quad-core performance for intensive, demanding HD multimedia and workstation applications and industry-leading battery life for quad-core processing, the mobile quad-core processor is based on Intel’s 45nm hi-K process technology running at 2.26 GHz, with a 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 cache
UrbanMax is a new 2008 Mobile Concept based on Intel’s latest small form factor (SFF) technology that allows grounds-up design targeting Web 2.0 usages and users. SFF-based platform components can be made up from a number of new SFF Intel processors, Intel High Performance SSD, HD Playback and 11.1” Touchscreen Display.

Small Form Factor Processors include eight new small form factor processors, including two Power Optimised Performance, two new low-voltage, and two new ultra low-voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processors, as well as a new Intel Core 2 Solo processor, a new Intel Celeron processors and Intel Atom processors. Intel Centrino 2 processors allow 58 percent reduction in area, 68 percent reduction in volume resulting in lower power consumption and smaller die sizes. Intel’s new small form factor processors have lower TDPs than typical 35W mobile mainstream products and come in smaller package sizes (22x22mm vs. 35x35mm).

“On the go” mode features latest touch interface technology, and “on the go keypad” mode allows key/touch interaction, and “lap top” mode delivers a look and feel of traditional mobile platforms. Intel’s new remote access technology for mainstream and multimedia desktop PC features the Intel G45 Express Chipset, which enables a multitude of capabilities by allowing anytime access over the Internet to home PCs, while it is in energy-efficient sleep mode.

Intel showed on-stage demonstration of Acer Aspire M5700 consumer PC and shipping today bundled with Acer Arcade Live4 Remote Wake enabled application. A PC with Intel Remote Wake Technology can be “woken up” from sleep mode for remote access, saving energy and cost.

Shane Wall, Vice President, Intel’s Mobility Group led the Ultra Mobility Group keynote and described how the internet is positioned to go mobile, Intel’s inherent advantages in the MID segment, and the progress made on the silicon, platform, and ecosystem fronts.

Intel Atom processor Z5xx series-based MIDs are continuing to become platforms for innovation in the mobile ecosystem and showcased a number of devices coming to market. Intel Atom processor delivers the high performance in the sub 3W segment, while consuming lower power with >2x performance.

Wall announced the launch of the Compal device, branded “My PC Pocket,” on the SFR network in France. The device has a compelling UI, integrated apps and services from the SFR portal, seamless WiFi and 3G roaming, and an SFR apps store with easy access to rich content and services. Wall also spotlighted a number of MIDs in his keynote including the productivity MID from Kohjinsha, the Clarion Mobile Internet Navigation Device (MiND), and the BenQ Entertainment/Communication MID recently deployed on the TIM network. The MID software ecosystem based on Moblin continues to gain momentum with many community developers and ISVs actively working to deliver middleware and applications for MIDs.

Intel announced a number of industry leaders who are joining the MID ecosystem including California Micro Devices (MIPI display bridge), Fluendo (media player and codecs), Gameloft (casual gaming), GyPSii (location-based social networking), Livecast (streaming video), Minigate (widget engine), Move Networks (Internet video delivery solutions), Mytopia (social networked casual gaming), Navteq (location-based services ecosystem), Orb Networks (anywhere media access), and TuneWiKi (next-generation music player).

Wall showcased the thinnest MID based on the Intel Atom processor from USI. He also applauded the success of the MID Innovation Alliance and congratulated the progress made by BenQ, Compal, Inventec and Quanta in building compelling MIDs and bringing them to market.

Wall announced that Intel are working with the alliance members (Asus, BenQ, Compal, EB, HTC, Inventec, Quanta) on the Moorestown platform and is adding a new member, Compal Communications (CCI), to the alliance.

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