Monday, February 27, 2012

Intel's Medfeld Atom Processors Offers LTE/3G/2G

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel CEO Paul Otellini disclosed plans to expand Intel's smartphone silicon ambitions, including early smartphone design engagements with Orange, India's Lava International, ZTE, and Visa.

Specifically, Intel announced plans for three new smartphone SoCs. The Intel Atom processor Z2460, formerly codenamed “Medfield,�? will now support speeds up to 2GHz. Intel also announced the Atom Z2580 processor that doubles the performance of the Atom processor Z2460, and features an advanced multimode LTE/3G/2G solution. Intel will sample the Z2580 in the second half of the year with customer products scheduled in the first half of 2013. For handsets in emerging markets, Intel disclosed plans for the Intel Atom processor Z2000, featuring a1.0 GHz Atom CPU and supporting the Intel XMM 6265 3G HSPA+ modem with Dual-SIM 2G/3G. Intel will sample the Z2000 in mid-2012 with customer products scheduled by early 2013.

Intel has previously announced a partnership with Motorola Mobility.

Intel also announced sampling of its XMM 6360 platform, a new slim modem 3G HSPA+ solution supporting 42Mbps downlink and 11.5Mbps uplink for small form factors.

Building on these 32nm announcements, Otellini discussed how the Atom processor will outpace Moore’s Law and announced that Intel will ship 22nm SoCs for carrier certification next year, and is already in development on 14nm SoC technology.

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