Moorestown

Intel Moorestown graduates: Atom Z6xx promises smartphone/MID/tablet prowess

Intel Moorestown graduates: Atom Z6xx promises smartphone/MID/tablet prowess

We've been talking about Moorestown for months now, but the platform has finally come of age and matured into Intel's Atom Z6xx series of mobile processors.  The new 45nm chips currently range from 1.5GHz through to 1.9GHz, and bundle Intel GMA600 3D graphics, video encode and decode, as well as memory (up to 2GB) and display controllers onto a single SoC; that's good enough for PC-style multitasking, 1080p Full HD video and lengthy battery life in smartphones, MIDs, tablets and smartbooks.

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MeeGo Available Now for Download Onto Your N900

MeeGo Available Now for Download Onto Your N900

MeeGo was announced a little over a month ago, and it looks like they are right on schedule. Today marks the official announcement that you can download a developer's build of MeeGo for your Nokia N900, if you are so inclined. Though, we wouldn't feel right if we didn't tell you (in fact, warn you) that this is an early, early view of the MeeGo platform. It's intended for developer's who want to see it before it reaches maturity, so to speak, and therefore in no way shape or form is it ready for mass consumption.

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Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

Aava Mobile Intel Moorestown MID hands-on

Intel brought along their second Moorestown-based MID to MWC 2010, made by Aava Mobile, and we grabbed a chance to try out both the Moblin and the Android versions.  No matter the OS, the hardware is the same: a considerable touchscreen, WiFi and 3G, along with the usual sensors - GPS, accelerometer, digital compass - and both front and rear facing cameras.

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MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

MID development slashed as manufacturer interest wanes?

Many have accused Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as being gadgets in dire search of a purpose, and despite Intel's push for the segment the talk out of Taipei is that the ultraportable touchscreen handhelds are having a difficult time finding traction among manufacturers.  DigiTimes is reporting that several companies originally signed up to Intel's Mobile Internet Device Innovation Alliance (MIDIA) have axed MID development, while those manufacturers who have actually shipped devices have only done so in numbers described as "very weak".

Apple reject Intel Moorestown as too power-hungry?

Apple reject Intel Moorestown as too power-hungry?

Rumors are circulating that Apple has rejected Intel's Moorestown chips as unsuitable for their mobile device range, after Cupertino engineers decided that the Intel CPUs demanded far too much power.  According to Fudzilla, Apple have informed Intel that Moorestown needs to have one-tenth the idle power consumption it manages currently before it'll be suitable for any of Apple's devices.

Intel Moorestown Moblin v2.1 MID gets hands-on demo [Video]

Intel Moorestown Moblin v2.1 MID gets hands-on demo [Video]

Intel have rolled out plenty of mockups, conceptual art, non-functional prototypes and fancy slides over the past few months to show us what Moblin running on a Moorsetown-based MID might look like, but we've had to wait until IDF this past week to get a decent sighting of the platform in action.  MID Moves sat down with an Inventec prototype running Moblin 2.1; you can see their hands-on video after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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