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Intel demonstrates Moorestown platform

by Scott Bicheno on 20 October 2008, 09:44

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Intel has demonstrated Moorestown in action at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Taipei.

Moorestown is a mobile device platform comprised of an ultra low power processor codenamed Lincroft - around ten times less idle power use than Atom - and an I/O hub codenamed Langwell. It's expected to make an appearance by 2010.

Intel may well say that Moorestown is intended for use in MIDs (mobile internet devices), but the real potential of it will be in mobile phone handsets. Accordingly this will reverberate among mobile phone incumbents as evidence of a growing competitive threat.

"As the next billion people connect to and experience the Internet, significant opportunities lie in the power of technology and the development of purpose-built devices that deliver more targeted computing needs and experiences," said Anand Chandrasekher, senior VP and GM of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group.

There was also a bit more revealed about the arrival of Core i7 (Nehalem) next month. Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's Server Platforms Group said there would also be a server Core i7 codenamed Nehalem-EP.

Additionally he gave us a bunch of other codenames to remember for the second half of next year. There will be a derivative of Nehalem-EP designed for expandable servers, codenamed Nehalem-EX and four desktop and mobile variants codenamed Havendale, Lynnfield, Auburndale and Clarksfield.


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Intel may well say that Moorestown is intended for use in MIDs (mobile internet devices), but the real potential of it will be in mobile phone handsets.
Is there really any point in MIDs?

I have an Archos 605Wifi, it has a browser and wireless but unlike a MID it also has a 160GB hard drive and can play most media I throw at it. I also have a TyTn II which has the internet over 3G or Wifi, it has GPS, touch screen, fairly decent browser (Opera Mobile 9.5) and 16GB storage. Yet it isn't a classed as a MID, because lets be honest, it's a phone.

The only actual MID I can think of in the Nokia N700 or N800 series devices and they aren't exactly flying off the shelves.

Intel should just admit that the market segment that they are pushing for doesn't exist now and by the time the technology progresses to the stage where it is viable, other mass market devices will have gained the very features that seperate this niche market anyway. Hell, the prototype they often pimp as an example of a MID looks just like a long thin iPhone or iPod Touch.
Is the original Eee PC a MID?

I think there exists a price constrained market, giving it its own name, making it feal less tesco value isn't a bad marketing idea.
Is the original Eee PC a MID?
Or is it a UMPC?

And which category does the OQO fit into? It was around before MIDs, UMPCs and Netbooks