Intel sets launch of Moorestown, new Moblin Linux at 2010

The new chip platform had been on for a launch as early as this year but it's now confirmed for next year

Intel revealed more details about the future launch of its Moorestown chip platform at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing on Wednesday, setting the target launch date at a firm 2010.

The launch of Moorestown will be accompanied by a new version of Moblin, a Linux-based operating system (OS) that Intel created for small devices.

Moorestown is an energy efficient set of chips Intel is aiming at small computers that can fit in your pocket that Intel calls mobile Internet devices (MID).

The chip family will be based on the company's Lincroft system-on-chip (SoC) that includes an Atom microprocessor core and a memory controller hub. The accompanying chipset is code named Langwell.

On Wednesday, Intel's head of Ultra Mobility, Anand Chandrasekher showed off a device with Moorestown using 10 times less power when idling than a similar device running a current Atom chip.

The new version of Moblin software will be optimized for a PC-like experience on the Internet and cellular voice capabilities, Intel said in a statement.

Moorestown will be the first family of chips that Intel puts 3G cellular capabilities into, so people can make phone calls on small devices made using the chips.

The company will offer optional support for both WiMax and HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) cellular networks.

Intel had previously said Moorestown may launch in late 2009 or early 2010. New information released by the company on Wednesday put the date firmly at 2010.

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