Intel gets smart with Atom Z600 processor for mobile

Darren Allan

May 5, 2010

Intel has stamped its silicon feet, grabbed the world’s attention, and unveiled its first Moorestown processor designed to power smartphones.

The Atom Z600 chip is built on a 45nm process, and features low power overheads, making it suitable to give mobile devices – tablets, but in particular smartphones – a lasting battery life.

Intel reckons that the typical smartphone built around the new platform will boast ten days of standby power, six hours of 3G talk, five hours of web browsing, and even four hours of full HD 1080p video.

Moorestown also delivers performance along with conquering power requirements, according to Intel.

Intel “Burst Performance” delivers high performance on demand, and the company’s “Bus Turbo Mode” ensures high bandwidth on demand, with industry leading performance promised.

Commentators in the know seem to agree that this isn’t just blather, too.

“After we delivered the first-generation Intel Atom processor with 10x thermal power reduction, we challenged ourselves to achieve 50x power reduction at the platform level,” commented Belli Kuttanna, Chief Intel Atom processor architect.

“We are delighted to have exceeded this goal while increasing performance and are proud of the architects and designers who consistently reinvent the possibilities of Intel architecture.”

Will there be a future switch to Intel in the smartphone world, away from Arm?

Moorestown seems like it’s certainly capable enough, but the battle to get mobile manufacturers to switch from what they know is hardly going to be an easy one.


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