Intel shows off Atom for smartphones

Intel has unveiled its long-promised Atom-based platform formerly codenamed Moorestown.

The chip maker - desperate to worm its way into mobile phones - reckons the Moorestown chippery significantly reduces power consumption, enough it says to enable to to be used in "high-end" smartphones, as well as tablets.

The "platform" includes the Intel Atom Processor Z6xx system-on-chip (formerly “Lincroft” ), the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20 (formerly “Langwell”) and a dedicated Mixed Signal IC (MSIC), formerly “Briertown.”

Intel said the Atom Processor Z6xx combines the 45nm Atom processor core with 3-D graphics, video encode and decode, as well as memory and display controllers into a single SoC design. It also includes the MP20 Platform Controller Hub and a dedicated MSIC to manage power delivery and battery charging.

“Intel has delivered its first product that is opening the door for Intel Architecture [IA] in the smartphone market segment,” said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Ultra Mobility Group. “Through “Moorestown,” Intel is scaling the benefits of IA while significantly reducing the power, cost and footprint to better address handheld market segments.”

The firm claims a more than 50-fold reduction in idle power, 20x reduction in audio power, and 2-3x reductions across browsing and video scenarios – all at the platform level when compared to Intel’s obviously over-powered previous-generation product.

It said these improvements deliver up to ten days of standby, up to two days of audio playback and 4-5 hours of browsing and video battery life.

The graphics component supports full HD 1080p video decoding and 720p HD video recording.

The firm said it has implemented a fine-grain OS power management approach that manages the idle

The platform supports a range of scalable frequencies, up to 1.5 GHz for high-end smartphones and up to 1.9 GHz for tablets and other handheld designs. The chips also bring support for Wi-Fi, 3G/HSPA, and WiMAX, as well as a range of operation systems, including Android, Meego and Moblin.