INTEL GAVE an update on the state of mobile devices the other day, and there were a lot of goodies in there among the slides.
The most obvious one was the new logo for Montevina based notebooks, it is called Centrino 2. For the terminally clueless, it replaces Centrino and the border is now reddish instead of blue. Be still my beating heart.
Montevina is old news now, but there are a few new things coming with the platform. There will be 25W TDP CPUs for thin and light platforms, nothing horribly shocking there. There will also be 'Extreme' CPUs based on Penryn as well, again, no news there.
What is new is the performance tuning utility, think AMDs Overdrive tool with a blue logo, a lot less features and the name Extreme Tuning Utility. Not that it is a bad thing, it is just a shameless copy, but this one works with laptops as well. Yay.
The next thing up is a new term, the Netbook. This encompasses small cheap laptops like the Asus Eee. Think not a full Windows box, thankfully, but not a phone level browser either. I am not sure I like the term, so let's open it up to readers, what do you think this category should be called?
Moving on to the really mobile, things got more exciting. Silverthorne clearly heralds a new class of devices, small, powerful and cheapish. You know about the chip and the branding, so what is left? How about platform restrictions?
To get the branding of Centrino Atom, things based on Menlow need to have a 6 " or smaller screen and be 7.5" or smaller devices. Thickness for the devices can not exceed 1.02" either. Atom sans Centrino can be bigger.
Moorestown block diagram.
Speaking of Moorestown, it will be much more of a SoC. As you can see from the above pic, it packs a lot in to a small space. There will be variants for each market, but how much and what changes is very customer dependent. If you are big enough, you can probably get more tweaked for you. µ
A surprisingly busy week in a quiet month
Measures just 15.75mm at its thickest point
Firm expects GPU sales to start drying up