Intel talks up its mobile roadmap

Chip giant Intel unveiled its next-generation notebook and ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) platforms last week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, China.

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By  Administrator Published  April 26, 2007

Chip giant Intel unveiled its next-generation notebook and ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) platforms last week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, China.

The announcements were part of a wider mobile technology roadmap outlined by the world's largest manufacturer of microprocessors, with executives detailing the company's product plans through 2008.

At IDF Intel officially launched its Santa Rosa Centrino processor technology for notebooks and Ultra Mobile Platform 2007, formally codenamed McCaslin, for mobile internet devices (MIDs) and UMPCs.

Santa Rosa, due in May, includes Intel's new Turbo Memory - designed to allow notebooks to boot up quicker.

The company said it planned to upgrade Santa Rosa in the first half of 2008, when it moves over to 45nm chip design technology, with its Hi-k dual core mobile processor, codenamed Penryn.

Next year Intel said it will also introduce its Penryn-based Montevina notebook platform - the replacement to Centrino.

The Ultra Mobile Platform will also be upgraded in the first half of next year, the company said, with the introduction of the Menlow platform. Menlow will be based on a new 45nm Hi-k microarchitecture-based processor, codenamed Silverthorne, and chipset, codenamed Poulsbo.

"In 2008, Intel will deliver an entirely new platform based on Intel's 45nm low-power microarchitecture," said Anand Chandrasekher, general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group.

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