Feeds

Intel 'Moorestown' UMPCs to feature single-chip CPU/GPU

Will you please welcome 'Lincroft' and 'Langwell'

Reducing security risks from open source software

Intel announced its 'Moorestown' system-on-a-chip platform for UMPCs and internet tablets back in April this year, but it kept the details close to its chest. Now they've leaked out.

Moorestown will comprise two chips: the SoC, codenamed 'Lincroft', and an I/O part called 'Langwell'. According to a report on Japanese-language site PCWatch, Lincroft has an integrated memory controller that connects to a bank of DDR 3 memory.

When it first mentioned Moorestown, Intel said the platform's processor would contain other components, and in addition to the memory controller, Lincroft will also sport its own GPU.

How Lincroft connects to Langwell remains unclear, but we can say they won't link up over a frontside bus as the current A100/A110 and the upcoming next-gen, 45nm UMPC CPU, 'Sliverthorne', do. Now that we know Intel it looking at a DMI bus to connect its 45nm 'Nahelem'-architecture mobile processors to their I/O chips, it's highly likely the chip giant is planning to use the same technology in Moorestown.

Langwell will incorporate controllers for USB, PCI Express, ATA peripherals and other system basics.

Intel has pledged that Moorestown as a whole will deliver performance enough to run Windows Vista yet consume a twentieth of the power a Celeron M CPU does today, or a fifth of what next year's Silverthorne-based 'Menlow' platform will require.

At the most recent Intel Developer Forum, held last September, the company reiterated its plan to release Moorestown in the 2009/2010 timeframe. The latest roadmap data suggests it may have brought the part's release forward to mid-2009, ahead of the introduction of processors based on the 'Westmere' architecture, the 32nm die-shrink of Nahelem.

Related reviews
OQO Model e2 UMPC
Ubiquio 701 UMPC

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.