Intel Launches New Low-Power Moorestown Chip For Smartphones (w/ Video)

May 05, 2010 by John Messina report
Intel's new low-power Moorestown Chip is very power efficient and packs enough computational muscle to enable features such as video conferencing and HD video.

(PhysOrg.com) -- Intel will be releasing their new ultra-low-power Atom base processor designed specifically for mobile devices. The chip package is based on Intel’s 45-nanometer process and packs over 140 million transistors.

Intel’s chip, codename “Moorestown”, is highly power efficient and is capable of running three programs simultaneously, including a very high quality movie clip. This was demonstrated at the 2010 CES show by Pankaj Kedia of ’s Ultra Mobility Group using the new LG smartphone.

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The Moorestown system-on-chip includes the Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series (system-on-chip), the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20, and a dedicated Mixed Signal IC (MSIC).

The Intel Atom Z6xx combines the CPU core with 3-D graphics, video encode and decode, as well as memory and display controllers. It also includes the MP20 Platform Controller Hub which supports a range of system-level functions and I/O blocks. Additionally, a dedicated MSIC integrates power delivery and battery charging, and consolidates a range of analog and digital components.

The new Moorestown chip will support clock speeds up to 1.5 GHz for high-end smartphones as compared to 1 GHz used by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. Intel will also have a 1.9 GHz chip that will be used in tablet PC’s and other handheld devices.

Combined these chips use only 1.75% the power of current Atom chips, in the idle state. Instead of the 1.2 Watts drawn by current Atom CPUs, the new Moorestown chips will draw just 21 milliwatts.

According to Intel these power saving features translate to more than 10 days of standby time, up to 2 days of audio playback and 4 to 5 hours of browsing and video battery life.

PC like experience is also combined with 1.5-3x higher compute performance, 2-4x richer graphics, >4x higher JavaScript performance, and support for full HD 1080p high-profile video decoding and 720p HD video recording.

Intel is already producing these chips and consumers can expect them in mobile devices later this year. The company hasn’t announced any smartphone models that will use the new low-power Moorestown ; however the company demonstrated the use of the new Atom processors in a phone produced by LG at the 2010 CES.

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More information: Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Fact Sheet: download.intel.com/pressroom/k… ocessor_Platform.pdf

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ralph_wiggum
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2010
Very impressive. As a former lowly peon in the (then cutting edge) DEC Alpha 21264 team in mid-90s these CPU advances never cease to amaze me.
degojoey
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2010
I owned a T-mobile Dash a couple years back, couldnt wait to get rid of that POS because of all the problems this chip confronts. I went back to a non-smart phone and waited for this day to come. Finally I wont mind to own a smart phone. WTF was all the hype before? Whole bunch of amatures out there, I tell ya.
trekgeek1
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2010
That is a serious reduction in power consumption. I had to read that part twice since I thought my eyes misplaced a decimal. I don't mind the size of the phone he was using because I realize what it can do. I do find it interesting that smart phones and tablets are starting to meet in the middle with phones getting bigger and tablets getting smaller. I can't wait for the future of graphene transistors. I bet it will be less than five years.
SirChazwell
not rated yet May 06, 2010
@trekgeek1 I was going to type up a comment but then I saw yours which took the words out of my eager fingers; now I'm just left with nothing but a comment of admiration.
LuckyBrandon
not rated yet May 06, 2010
I'm in agreement with you guys for the most part...

...i wouldnt go touting video conferencing as if it were some new cell feature. My understanding is that the release of hte touchpro2 in europe and abroad (outside the US) has the video conferencing capability built in...I bought my touch pro 2 before I found out that video conferncing was not on the US models of the phone (those b*stards!!!)

degojoey-try the new HTC phones...I had a dash, and they sucked, but the HD2, touch pro 2, behold, behold 2...all kick ass...the problem with the dash was the SEVERE lack of memory...all you needed to do was upgrade to a newer smart phone, not go back to crap, and you would have likely been happy.