Intel's IDF gives the company a platform to talk about integrated computing and mobile computing, two areas that commonly come together with the manufacturing of “ultra-mobile” devices. Intel has been cooking something up specifically for ultra-mobile devices with their Moorestown platform, which they have now demonstrated
for the first time.
Moorestown is a system on a chip (SoC), incorporating numerous components onto a single piece of silicon. The demonstrated systems, called “Lincroft”, include a 45nm CPU, GPU, memory controller, I/O hub and other components all into a single unit. The low-power unit is scheduled for a release sometime between 2009 and 2010, and is being pitched as a solution for just about any complex handheld device. They claim that devices based upon Moorestown will use as little as one-tenth the power that a mobile device based upon the Atom processor would use.
The large range of wireless technologies it supports lends credence to the claim of it being a universal fit, supporting 3G, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, HSPA and more. The HSPA support comes from the addition of data modules, which indicates that Moorestown is aimed at smartphones. No specific devices are mentioned.