SoC for tablets and chunky phones
Intel has launched its latest 45nm Atom iteration, dubbed
Moorestown. The system-on-chip (SoC) platform is targeted at the
increasingly popular tablet and smartphone market and it features three chips.
The Lincroft Z6xx parts feature memory controllers and integrated
graphics, but despite the fact that the chipset packs two additional
chips, Intel is promising 100mW idle power consumption. Analysts don't
expect too much from the new series, as it's still 45nm and might not
deliver enough battery life despite Intel's bold claims.
The situation should change in 2011 when Intel introduces 32nm parts,
codenamed Medfield. However, it's a lot more likely that the current
45nm generation will merely be used to open the door to the mobile
market, or to establish a stronger foothold in thetablet market.