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Intel planning 32nm Medfield Atom platform for 2010

Posted on Monday, December 08 2008 @ 18:14:13 CET by

Some information about Intel's future netbook platforms hit the web today thanks to a roadmap featured in a report by UBS Securities. CNET writes the 45nm Pineview platform will arrive in 2009 and a 32nm Moorestown successor will arrive in 2010 with Medfield.

The 32nm Medfield will be a single-chip solution, the processor, memory controller, graphics, multimedia functions and I/O will all be integrated into one chip, similar to the NVIDIA Tegra platform.
On the mobile Internet device (MID) front--Intel's platform for handheld devices--the report said that while Moorestown will be based on the Lincroft processor and Langwell chipset, as Intel has indicated in the past, the Lincroft graphics core will come from Imagination Technologies, like the Atom (Silverthorne) Poulsbo chipset today.

Imagination is the same company that licenses PowerVR technology to Samsung, which, in turn, integrates it into silicon used in the Apple iPhone. PowerVR is also used in Intel's Canmore system-on-a-chip (SOC) consumer electronics platform. Pineview, however, may use Intel in-house graphics, according to the report.
The UBS report says netbooks will evolve from basic web page consumption to multimedia consumption including HD video. Future models will get battery lifes of close to five hours, along with new features such as WiMAX, 3G/HSPA and/or LTE. Furthermore, we can also expect PC makers will debut netbooks with touch screens and GPS navigation.



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