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Intel to push for a hyper-connected world

Posted: 24 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile connectivity? Internet connection? Intel mobility?

Sharing the company's vision of a hyper-connected world, senior VP and general manager of Intel's mobility group Anand Chandrasekher disclosed plans to scale up performance and connectivity while reducing consumption in handheld devices.

In his keynote at last week's Intel Developer Forum, Chandrasekher drew a picture of this hyper-connected world where ultra-portable PCs reign supreme and announced that the company is preparing its Menlow platform for release in the first half of 2008.

Menlow is based on Intel's upcoming 45nm Silverthorne processor and a next-generation chipset codenamed Poulsbo. The platform, designed for what Intel calls the mobile Internet device and ultramobile PC (UMPC) categories, will reduce power by an order of magnitude below that consumed by early UMPCs like the Samsung Q1. Menlow will be made to look like an energy hog when its successor, the Moorestown platform, hits the streets soon after with a 10x reduction in idle power, he said.

But that's only the beginning, noted Chandrasekher. The next big order of business is to get the entire Internet onto handsets and not just the bits and pieces available on current devices. A task, which he said would take some effort on the part of Intel's developer partners.

Without naming names, he described currently available handhelds as "inadequate" despite their manufacturers' claims of Internet access. The good news, according to Chandrasekher, is that Intel has a stable of OEM partners about to roll out Menlow-powered devices.

Intel partners with a working Menlow prototype include Taiwanese OEMs Inventec, Compal, Asus, Quanta and BenQ, and Finnish OEM EB, he said.

"The opportunity here is explosive. If we thought cellphones were a big deal, well, this is a huge deal," Chandrasekher said.

- Damon Poeter

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