Intel announced a new family of processors based on Intel XScale technology that can handle multiple forms of wireless broadband access with enough computing power to provide cell phones with full motion video conferencing capabilities and PDAs with DVD-quality video playback.
The processors include a set of new technologies designed to meet the multimedia, low power and security requirements of advanced cell phones and wireless PDAs. The company is also providing key technologies in addition to processing power including the next-generation of stacked packaging for added flash memory, a new multimedia accelerator for 3D rendering, optimized software and reference concept designs that allow cell phone and PDA makers to bring Intel-based mobile devices to market faster.
The Intel PXA27x family of processors, formerly code-named "Bulverde," adds a number of new technologies to address the needs of cell phone and PDA users. It is the first product to integrate the Intel Wireless MMX technology, providing additional performance for 3-D games and advanced video while improving battery-life. The new chip also utilizes Wireless Intel SpeedStep technology, enabling significant power savings by intelligently managing voltage and frequency changes similar to the technology used in the company's notebook processors.
Also for the first time, Intel has integrated some security features through its Intel Wireless Trusted Platform to provide services such as trusted boot, secure storage of private information and cryptographic keys, and support for common security protocols. To help increase camera phone capabilities and quality, Intel has also incorporated Intel Quick Capture technology to support cameras delivering up to four or more megapixels of image quality.
The Intel PXA27x processor family will be offered in multiple configurations of clock speeds running from 312 up to 624 MHz, and with as much as 64 megabytes of stacked Intel StrataFlash memory.
Optimized to complement the Intel PXA27x processor family, the new Intel 2700G multimedia accelerator delivers advanced video and graphic capabilities to enable full screen video at full frame rates without sacrificing battery life. The Intel 2700G multimedia accelerator delivers DVD-quality video playback on VGA displays and supports a wide range of video formats such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and Microsoft Windows Media Video9.
To help device makers develop and deliver next-generation communication and computing devices, Intel is also providing a number of the key technologies and platforms in addition to processing power.
The Intel cell phone concept design developed with system integrator Intrinsyc, provides customers and developers with an example of how to utilize many of the application and communications technologies needed to build an advanced smart phone with multi-operating system (OS) support. The platform is the first design from Intel to support a number of wireless networks, or "modes" including cellular GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth technologies. The phone platform supports full-featured operating systems from companies like Microsoft, PalmSource, Symbian as well as MontaVista Linux and Java environments.
Intel also developed the Intel Mobile Scaleable Link, a high-speed interface that helps speed the data delivery process from wireless networks to the processor. By moving data at speeds of up to 416 megabits per second, the technology results in more responsive applications and overall performance improvements. Intel is extending its leading flash and processor stacking technology to the next generation of stacked packaging to enable more memory and higher performance in less than half the space of typical memory packaging.
The company says this new processor is available today in sample quantities, with volume production this quarter. The Intel PXA270 processor at 312 MHz has a suggested list price of US$32 in 10,000 unit quantities. The Intel 2700G Multimedia Accelerator has a suggested list price of US$17 in 10,000 unit quantities.