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Friday, 17 June 2011 09:52

Intel based phones by 2012

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Medfield 32nm Atom for phones in Q3 11
The answer for the future of Intel and something that comes beyond Atom Z670 Oak Trail is codenamed Medfield and it's been expected for quite some time now.

Last year we had a chance to see an actual phone based on 45 nm Lincroft 45nm processor, a key part of a Moorestown platform and despite quite high idle power consumption. The chip was capable of performing better than any ARM based chip at the time.

Back then, in the summer of 2010, we heard that the next generation platform, codenamed Medfield, is going to be a huge step forward and that it can solve the idle power problem. It is naturally Atom based and it comes in 32nm.

Prototypes are finished and phone companies are playing with it. We don't have any specific information about any names, but we heard that many plan to include Intel chip in their future phones. The launch date will mainly depend when the partners can be ready with the phones that they intend to market.

We already mentioned support for Android 2.3 and Ice Cream Sandwich as well as MeeGo, and these operating systems are Intel's only choice. The possible chip launch date is Q3 2011, most likely IDF on September 14, as the mobile keynote takes place on the second day of the show, but this is pure speculation on our part, the date of course, the rest is solid.

Phones based on Medfield will most likely show in early 2012 with a slight chance to see some designs in late 2011. So, Intel has a viable mobile strategy and it plans to take on ARM in just over a year.
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+2 #1 loadwick 2011-06-17 10:46
I've said it before but its x86 will only really work at 22nm and smaller. I can't see 32nm cutting it. I am sure Medfield is a massive improvement but they were a massive amount behind ARM too.

I would predict up against the likes of Kal El it will hold its own but Kal El is a short stop gap until Wayne, A15 based, at 28nm will show it's head and wipe the floor with Intel, putting them back at square one.

The only thing Intel and x86 had going for them was in Tablets and Netbooks so you could run 'real' Windows but with Windows 8 ARM are in the Windows club so it will just be a straight fight between performance and power consumption and Intel will not win that in 2012.
 
 
0 #2 dan 2011-06-17 10:51
Don't bank on Nvidia's ARM chips showing off the full potential of Eagle cores -- look to TI, Samsung, Apple and Qualcomm for that.

But essentially, you're right. Intel has no chance with a 32nm Atom, the power consumption will still be too high. 1W is not good enough, it has to be low milliWatts to compete with ARM.
 
 
+3 #3 roberto.tomas 2011-06-17 13:21
this will compete against not just ARM chips but ARM chips from manufacturers like Nvidia, dumping first-rate graphics into these chips. Intel, bless their heart, doesn't have first rate graphics anywhere in their arsenal.
Microsoft bailed on x86, that should tell you what this comparison looks like behind the scenes.
 
 
+4 #4 loadwick 2011-06-17 14:13
@dan

Yes you are probably right there are better chips making use of the ARM tech but i just love nVidia naming scheme on these!

On saying that though, i really think that Kal El should be the pinnacle of their chips, next down should be Logan, then Stark then Wayne.

Any thoughts for what Medfield could be called? Robin? Jubilee? I've got it, Galactus! They just go around sucking up the competition and bring over priced misery to millions of worlds/people.
 
 
-6 #5 pogsnet 2011-06-17 15:28
And this will be the end of Tegra
 
 
0 #6 JEskandari 2011-06-19 08:55
Quoting loadwick:
@dan

Yes you are probably right there are better chips making use of the ARM tech but i just love nVidia naming scheme on these!

On saying that though, i really think that Kal El should be the pinnacle of their chips, next down should be Logan, then Stark then Wayne.

Any thoughts for what Medfield could be called? Robin? Jubilee? I've got it, Galactus! They just go around sucking up the competition and bring over priced misery to millions of worlds/people.

I wonder aren't these names owned by Marvel .
how NVIDIA managed to use them without any complain from them
 
 
+2 #7 loadwick 2011-06-19 10:11
Yeah Marvel and DC but i don't think you can copyright a person's name, certainly not something like Wayne and also when something like this is used in a totally different area of business then i don't think you need permission, its not like nVidia are starting a new comic with these names, they are just code names for computer products, they aren't making money for using these name so i think there wouldn't be a case. Just as if you wanted to call you child 'Kal El' DC couldn't stop you.
 

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