Intel unveiled details about the new quad-core processors for mobile devices as well as its "UrbanMax" Mobile Concept based on Intel's latest small form factor (SFF) technology, at IDF 2008 in Taiwan.
Mooly Eden, Corporate Vice President, General Manager, Mobile Platforms Group, gave a keynote describing the latest Intel mobile technologies for "expanding the frontiers of mobility".
Eden showed an early working 2009 mobile platform codenamed "Calpella" based on the new Nehalem architecture, as well as the new Intel mobile quad-core processor-based notebooks. Eden also discussed Intel's new mobile concept: UrbanMax featuring small form factor Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology and key mobile platform enhancements, including the Intel High-Performance SATA Solid-State Drive Product Line, HD Playback and Touchscreen Displays.
Calpella Platform Architecture
Intel's next-generation mobile platform powered by the upcoming 45nm-based Nehalem Architecture promises to offer better performance and energy efficiency in innovative form factors. Calpella takes advantage of specific features of the new Nehalem architecture such as Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) and graphics into the processors; and Display, Intel Management Engine, NVM controllers, clock buffers gets integrated into the PCH.
Integrated Power Gate - Enables energy-efficient integration of power switches that can turn cores on or off when not in use, with near-zero leakage power; based on process breakthrough which makes active/sleep transitions much faster. Integrated Power Gate technology will also be used in the memory system, cache and IO to dynamically power down these sub-systems when not in use.
Modular/ Scalable Clocking - Allows core, memory system and I/O to run at independent voltage and frequency enabling faster response time and improved energy efficiency.
Calpella will also incorporate Intel Turbo Boost Technology with Enhanced Intel SpeedSte technology to increase energy efficiency; Intel Hyper-Threading Technology for simultaneous multi-threading and the Loop Streaming Detector for handling replays and large loops, saving power by as much as four fold.
Mobile Quad Core Processors
-- Intel?s first mobile quad-core processors, the Intel Core2 Extreme QX9300 and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100, offer four separate processing cores.
The Intel Core2 Extreme QX9300 is built using the Intel 45nm hi-K process technology and feature four cores running at 2.53 GHz with a 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 cache.
The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100 is a new CPU for the Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology lineup. The mobile quad-core processor is based on Intel?s 45nm hi-K process technology running at 2.26 GHz, with a 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 cache.
UrbanMax: The New Intel Mobile Concept
- UrbanMax is a new 2008 Mobile Concept based on Intel's latest small form factor (SFF) technology that allows grounds-up design targeting Web 2.0 usages and users. SFF-based platform components can be made up from a number of new SFF Intel processors, Intel High Performance SSD, HD Playback and 11.1" Touchscreen Display.
The UrbanMax devices will be powered by eight new small form factor processors, including two Power Optimized Performance, two new low-voltage, and two new ultra low-voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processors, as well as a new Intel Core 2 Solo processor, a new Intel Celeron processors and Intel Atom processors.
Intel Centrino 2 processors allow 58 percent reduction in area, 68 percent reduction in volume. They have also lower TDPs than typical 35W mobile mainstream products, Intel said.