Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Intel Sees WiMAX Integration in 2008

In the first half of 2008, Intel plans to deliver its first platform designed from the ground up for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) -- codenamed Menlow, which will deliver 10x lower power compared to the first UMPCs in the market. Menlow will be followed by another platform -- codenamed Moorestown -- which will increase battery life an order of magnitude by reducing idle power by 10x compared to Menlow.

Menlow is based on Silverthorne a 45nm Hi-k low power microarchitecture-based processor and next-generation chipset, codenamed Poulsbo. Also featured on the Menlow- based customer designs are optional standardized communications capabilities such as Wi-Fi, 3G and WiMAX to enable more of an always-connected experience.

Intel demonstrated a number of early working prototypes at this week's Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco.

Also due out in later in 2008 is Intel's Montevina processor technology, which will span the full range of notebook designs from mini-notes to full size. Also featured in Montevina is integrated HD-DVD/Blu-ray support for consumers and next generation data manageability and security features for the enterprise. Montevina will be Intel's first Centrino processor technology for notebooks to offer the option of integrated Wi-Fi and WiMAX wireless technologies.

A number of OEMs, including Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba, have expressed their intent to embed in to the next gen Centrino-based notebooks.


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