Ericsson Teams With Intel On Moorestown Platform


Additionally, Ericsson said it is extending its 3G mobile broadband technology from notebooks to a range of pocket devices.

The announcement was made at the Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan by Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group.

Moorestown is made with a System on a Chip (SOC), codenamed "Lincroft," which integrates the 45nm processor, graphics, memory controller and video encode/decode onto a single chip and an I/O hub codenamed "Langwell."

Langwell supports a range of I/O ports to connect with wireless, storage, and display components in addition to incorporating several board level functions.

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Chandrasekher said that Intel is on track to reduce Moorestown platform idle power by more than 10 times compared to the first-generation MIDs based on the Intel Atom processor.

Chandrasekher said that Moorestown will help further develop Internet use with smartphones with the Communication MID. He also said that the Moorestown platforms will support various wireless technologies including 3G, WiMAX, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile TV. The Moorestown platform is expected to be unveiled sometime during 2009-2010.

Additionally, Chandrasekher announced that wireless tech company Option is extending its collaboration for for HSPA modules to the Moorestown platform. These 3G modules come in 25x30x2.x mm small size.

In a separate announcement, Johan Wibergh, senior vice president and head of Business Unit Networks at Ericsson, said that the company sees "great potential in embedding mobile broadband in MIDs, creating new markets in the industry."

The company said it will use its 3G mobile broadband technology to pocketable MIDs that can be used for entertainment and media, connected GPS navigation, online gaming, social networking, data communication and productivity.

The 3G technology is built on Ericsson's latest generation of HSPA chipsets in small, thin modules that allow MID manufacturers to produce end-user devices. Ericsson said that it is optimizing its module for not only Intel's Moorestown platform but also Moblin-based Linux operating systems. The module will work on both WCDMA/HSPA and GSM/EDGE networks worldwide.

According to Ericsson, HSPA is the world's most widely deployed 3G mobile broadband technology, with 221 commercially deployed networks available around the world serving more than 60 million subscribers, a figure that is increasing by 4 million per month.