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Intel shows off a Moorestown smartphone

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Fri Jan 08 2010, 11:26

INTEL IS SHOWING OFF a smartphone based on its Moorestown platform for mobile devices.

Chipzilla CEO Paul Otellini told the CES show yesterday that the GW990 smartphone will be made by LG Electronics and ship during the second half of the year.

This is the first device launched that is based on Moorestown, a chip platform with an Atom-based processor that Intel is targeting at smartphones and mobile Internet devices.

It has a five inch screen that can play back 720p high-definition video, supports multitouch input and includes cameras both front and back. The phone runs the Linux-based Moblin OS.

We've known that the device has been on the drawing board for a while. LG admited last year that it adopted the Moorestown platform for a device. Nokia also made a similar announcement but has not announced any products yet.

The GW990 smartphone can run multiple applications simultaneously and Otellini had it playing high-definition video and running a calendar application at the same time.

Intel claims that Moorestown uses half the power in active use and up to 50 times less power at idle compared to its predecessors.

It includes a power-efficient Atom processor dubbed Lincroft and the Langwell chipset. Lincroft is a system-on-chip with a 3D graphics accelerator, integrated memory controller and other components onboard. µ


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