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Fitting the Full Internet Into Our Pockets

by on Jun.04, 2009, under Storage

Fitting the Full Internet Into Our Pockets

Computex in Taipei got many of us got smarter and more excited about the mobile computing possibilities being designed around Moorestown, the next generation set of technologies built around the tiny, mighty Intel Atom processor.

In “What Moorestown Means for Consumers,” Steve “Chippy” Paine (travel sponsored by Intel) described it like this: “The new platform, demonstrated yesterday on a number of working devices, appears to be technically very capable and extends through a number of product sectors. It brings new levels of processing power and leads in making the Internet in your pocket more ‘real’ than with any other platform I’ve researched.”

But seeing is believing and that’s what happened at Computex. Here is the Inventec in a photo by Chippy and video by JKKMobile.

Moorestown isn’t available on the market yet, but there’s healthy momentum behind the first-generation Atom processor-based mobile Internet device platform — codename “Menlow” — which to date is inside more than 70 different device design around the world.

Compal’s next-generation design, codenamed “KAX15” and based on the Windows* XP OS was shown.

Today, the 2GHz Atom processor is the highest performance processor in the under-3-watt power envelope. But moving into next-generation “Moorestown” platform, Intel is on track to achieve up to 50x platform idle power cutting in half the size of motherboard compared to Intel’s first-generation “Menlow” platform.

At Computex, future Moorestown was powering new devices designed by Aava Mobile, CCI, EB, Inventec, Compal and Quanta (photo by Steve “Chippy” Paine and video by JKKMobile).

At Computex, people got to see the latest Moblin, an optimized Linux operating system project aimed at bringing a visually rich Internet and media experience to Intel Atom processor-based devices, including mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks/nettops, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and embedded systems.

Moblin is a community effort that Intel helped with using engineering expertise from its recent acquisition of mobile open source developer, OpenedHand. And with the new MoblinZone application store, we could see lots of applications — new ones and ones that we’re familiar with on PCs and Macs. Here are a few in the works:

  • Cyberlink is delivering optimized video codecs
  • Livecast is developing an optimized solution for real-time live mobile video streams
  • Mojo Mobility is showcasing a wireless charging solution
  • Move Networks is developing a browser plug-in for Move player

Chippy pinpointed a few sweet spots in his post that Moorestown is doing to help device makers create devices to meet the desires of consumers:

  • Smartphone — Expect Moorestown-based devices to be as small as a smartphone and to be able to run, on a smartphone sized battery, for over 24 hours. The best-case scenario, based on testing I’ve done on the current best-of-Intel is 3-times that figure is 3-days active standby.
  • Smartbook — I’m expecting high-end versions of Moorestown to bring sub 10-second average page loads to every web page on the Internet. The current best smartphones take twice as long as that and the next-gen may only shave 50% off that.
  • Mobile Creativity — HD video recording…it’s an important benchmark figure these days. Smartphone manufacturers are building these facilities into their devices and HD video is a huge growth area on the Internet. Moorestown enables 720p video recording. Not only that but the software layer has been designed with that in mind too. GPS-enabled applications with social-networking capabilities are baked into the software making it easy to make compelling mobile applications.

My take: if you’re looking forward to having that ONE do-it-all Internet device, you’ll actually be getting a variety from to choose depending on where you live. It will be important for device makers to clearly describe what each different model is good at, and what it’s not. One site I saw doing that well is Viliv, as it distinguishes between the S5, S7 and X70 EX MID models.

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