Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Intel today announced a number of advancements across
its smartphone business, including a multi-year,
multi-device relationship with Motorola Mobility and a
handset by Lenovo based on the company's new Intel
Atom processor platform.
Several smartphones based on
the new Atom processor are expected to come to market
"The best of Intel computing is coming to
smartphones," said Intel President and CEO Paul
Otellini. "Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola
Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in
smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which
to build in 2012 and into the future."
Otellini made the announcements during a keynote
address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics
Show. He also detailed Ultrabook category momentum and
described how the company is trying to enter the
market of mobile devices.
Intel CEO highlighted the Intel Atom processor Z2460
platform, formerly "Medfield," which was specifically
designed for smartphones and tablets, and promises to
deliver performance with competitive, energy
Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility,
joined Otellini onstage and the two executives
detailed their companies? multi-year, multi-device
strategic relationship. The effort includes
smartphones that Motorola will begin to ship in the
second half of this year using Intel Atom processors
and the Android platform. The collaboration also
Liu Jun, Lenovo senior vice president and president of
Mobile Internet and Digital Home, also joined Otellini
onstage to debut the Lenovo K800 smartphone based on
Intel technology and running the Android platform. Liu
Jun said the K800 smartphone will be available in
China in the second quarter and will run on China
Unicom's 21Mbs network. The smartphone features the
low-power Intel Atom processor Z2460 with Intel
Hyper-Threading Technology, support for HSPA+ with the
Intel XMM 6260 Platform, and the Lenovo LeOS user
interface for a localized experience in China.
Another product powered by Atom Z2460 was Lenovo's
10-inch tablet prototype, running Android 4.0.
The Intel Atom Z2460 has a single core running at
1.6GHz, but it supports Hyper-Threading, so the OS is
"seeing" is a dual-core processor. The SoC
incorporates a the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator,
an integrated 2D/3D praphics engine with 400MHz core
frequency and support for OpenGL ES2.0, OpenVG 1.1,
allowing rendering of 3D graphics and high FPS
gameplay, according to Intel. It supports internal
display up to 1280 x 1024 and 1920 x 1080 up to fps
through HDMI output.
The Atom Z2460 has been manufactured using a 32nm
process and also features the Intel Smart Technology
(SIT), which enables the CPU core and the rest of the
processor to switch off while the OS remains "ON"
state. With ultra low power smart L2, the system can
instantlt resume from idle states.
Michael Bell, general manager of Intel's Mobile and
Communications Group, also joined Otellini onstage to
demonstrate the Intel Smartphone Reference Design that
aims to shrink device development time and costs for
phone OEMs and carriers. This smartphone features
sleek packaging, a 4.03-inch high-resolution LCD touch
screen, and two cameras delivering advanced imaging
capabilities, including burst mode that allows
individuals to capture 15 pictures in less than a
second with 8-megapixel quality. The smartphone is
also equiped with an 1.3 megapixel camera on the
front, and had a built-in digital compass and gyro
sensors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities. It
also supports HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 Platform.
According to Intel, the prototype's battery is is rated for HDMI 1080p video playback 6 hours, audio playback 45 hours, as well as 3G talk time of 8 hours, and standby time of 14 days. Intel did not disclose the capacity of the installd battery, but it
is similar to the battery used by a typical
smartphone, according to the company. In addition,
this reference smartphone was running the Android
2.3.7 Gingerbread OS.
Showcasing the popular Angry Birds application on the
phone, Bell pointed to broad Android applications
support that allows Intel technology-based smartphones
to run the vast majority of Android applications,
including those compiled for other architectures.
Otellini said Intel will raise the bar on tablet
experiences by offering compatibility with the
millions of existing applications and devices; an
instant-on, software and apps experience; and support
of the Metro user interface. Onstage was the world's
first public demonstration of the forthcoming 32nm
Intel Atom SoC for tablets and hybrids running on
Microsoft Windows 8, codenamed "Clover Trail." The new
Soc will replace ther company's Atom Z670 "Oak Trail"
SoC for tablets.
Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of Global Operations and
End User Computing Solutions at Dell, joined Otellini
onstage to announce the company's first Ultrabook, the new XPS 13 powered by the Intel Core i7 processor.
Scheduled for February availability, the sleekdesign
weighs only 2.99 lbs and provides up to 8 hours of
Intel's engineers will further accelerate Ultrabook
innovation in 2012 with 3rd generation Intel Core
processors, codenamed "Ivy Bridge," with the help of
Intel?s 22nm 3-D Tri-gate transistors. Two Ultrabook
concept designs powered by "Ivy Bridge" were
demonstrated during the keynote speech.
Intel's CEO promised that these devices will be more
secure and eliminate the discussion on trade-offs for
computing, like form factor, user interface or
performance. He also said Ultrabooks will offer a
flagship platform for a premium, no-compromise
environment that helps deliver on the Microsoft
Windows 8 promise of re-imagining Windows.
Applications specifically suited for the Ultrabook are
available from the Intel AppUpSM center. Intel
announced a relationship between Intel and
Technicolor surrounding M-GO, an app powered by Intel
AppUp that will bring high-definition, premium digital
content for television, movies, music and apps to
Ultrabook devices and other Intel-based devices with
Intel Insider in the second quarter of 2012. M-GO will
provide movies and TV shows from major Hollywood
studios and help manage HD premium content across
multiple devices and platforms via a single secure
Paul Otellini also demonstrated Acer?s new Aspire S5 Ultrabook with built-in Thunderbolt technology running Windows 7 for the first time. Elsewhere at CES, Thunderbolt sightings included Lenovo?s ThinkPad S430 laptop, an AOC display, as well as Seagate and Western Digital external hard-drives. In all, more than 20 Thunderbolt-enabled products were shown that are either shipping now or will be soon. Thunderbolt technology is already found on most lines of Apple Mac computers (MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini) and Apple Thunderbolt Display, as well as products from LaCie, Blackmagic Design, Promise, Matrox, and Sonnet. Others including OCZ, Belkin, Elgato, AJA, G-Tech by Hitachi, Atto, Magma, Avid, and Universal Audio have announced products that are expected to be shipping this year.
Belkin has announced a Thunderbolt Dock, which allows a single cable docking solution, and includes USB, FireWire, and DisplayPort connectors.
The major challenge for Intel will be continuing to gain design wins in Windows PCs, which is difficult due to its expense compared to USB and DisplayPort solutions. In addition, there is a marketing challenge of increasing PC users? knowledge of the technology, and its advantages compared to its interface competitors.
In related news, Intel also today announced the availability of the latest
Intel classmate PCs that will be powered by the new
Intel Atom processors. The announcement was made in the opening of BETT (the British Educational Training Tradeshow) in London.
The upcoming classmate PCs
offer an enhanced user experience, increased
ruggedness, improved battery life and are more
affordable. The increased battery life means students
may be able to work up to 10 hours on a single charge.
The improved ruggedness stems from such features as
strengthened corners for shock and vibration
absorption, and a keyboard that can withstand prying
fingers and improved water resistance.
The new multi-touch and premium writing experiences,
in conjunction with palm rejection technology, enable
students to write directly on screen. The textured
touch screen, special stylus and handwriting
recognition software create a "write on paper"
experience. The built-in camera, photo view, media
player, and drawing applications allow students to
create and consume multimedia learning content.
The classroom-ready features and capabilities include
LabCam and McAfee AntiVirus. LabCam, a touch-optimized
application consisting of six easy-to-use scientific
inquiry tools leveraging the camera in different ways,
allows students to analyze the visual data present in
their photos and videos. Enhancements include
classroom management, theft deterrence and webcam
companion with anti-shake features for media capture
and management, noise filtering, digital archiving,
OEMs for the new devices include ASI, Babilon
Technologies, Compumax, Computek, CTL, Equus, JP
SaCouto, Koodoo, Lanix, Lenovo, M&A, Mustek, NTT
System, Paradigit Computers, Positivo, RM, Sigong,
Stone and Viper.