Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Intel's Atom, WiMAX to Bring Full Internet to Mobile Devices
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Intel announced today the availability of Intel 4 Series
Chipsets for mainstream desktop PCs and Intel Atom
Speaking today at Computex 2008 in Taipei, Intel executive Sean Maloney said more powerful microprocessors and high-speed WiMAX wireless networks will usher in a new era of the full Internet on
Maloney also announced the availability of new versions of Intel Atom processors for an emerging class of compact devices called netbooks and nettops.
With the emergence of the netbook category this year,
Intel believes that this will be the first year that
more mobile computing devices will be sold than desktop
computers. The company is delivering a variety of
high-performance, low-power processors and other
advanced computer technologies.
Maloney showed approximately 100 Intel processor and
chipset-based motherboards, netbooks and nettops that
computer makers are showcasing at Computex this week.
Atom has been realised as two chips: the N270 (TDP 2.5W)and the 230 (TDP 4.0W), the former for laptops, the latter for desktops. Both are clocked at 1.6GHz, sit on a 533MHz frontside bus and pack in 512KB of L2 cache.
Intel G45, G43, P45 and P43 Express Chipsets
The new Intel 4 Series Chipsets, consisting of the Intel G45, G43, P45 and P43 Express Chipsets, will be used in mainstream desktop PCs powered by the latest 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core 2 Quad processors.
The new Intel G45 Express Chipset features the updated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD. The platform delivers Blu-ray and other HD content playback, supports Intel Clear Video Technology for stutter-free HD and integrates DisplayPort and HDMI with HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) keys for digital content link protection. It also supports Microsoft DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0, 1333 front side bus and dual channel DDR3 memory technology up to 1066 MHz.
The Intel G43 Express chipset also offers enhanced graphics and video reproduction through the Intel Clear Video Technology and integrates HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and HDCP with dual independent display.
The Intel P45 Express Chipset, which supports the latest 45nm Intel Dual- and Quad Core processors, PCI Express 2.0 and 1x16 or 2x8 PCI Express 2.0 configurations.
WiMAX: The Network for Mobilizing Web 2.0
Maloney said ubiquitous wireless Internet access is
required to mobilize how people are using the Internet
today for things such as creating and watching videos,
playing games and sharing photos. He said mobile WiMAX
will make the Internet open, fast and mobile and it's
quickly progressing toward a healthy global footprint.
Informa Telecoms reports that carriers are deploying
more than 281 fixed or mobile WiMAX networks today.
Chii-ming Yiin, Taiwan's minister of Economic Affairs,
also addressed the keynote audience via video. He
described how WiMAX represents the next growth
opportunity for Taiwan's technology industry with local
hardware, services and network infrastructure companies
developing complete WiMAX solutions for use worldwide.
"Mobile WiMAX is the right solution and it's happening
now," Maloney added. "Wireless networks will be how the
majority of people get connected and they have to be Web
2.0 capable. That means they've got to have a lot of
bandwidth to send data either to or from devices at a
During the week of July 14 Intel will also introduce
processors and some chipsets for its next-generation
mobile PC platform called Intel Centrino 2 processor
technology - formerly codenamed Montevina - for
high-performance laptops. Intel's full line of chipsets
and its Wi-Fi wireless product will ship in early
Intel has developed an integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi solution,
codenamed Echo Peak that will be available as an option
for certain Intel Centrino 2 processor
technology-based notebook PCs. The company aims to
enable initial availability of certain WiMAX-enabled
notebook PCs in the United States later in the second
half of the year depending on individual computer maker
plans and WiMAX network availability, with system and
network availability expected to increase in 2009.