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LG to build Intel Moorestown-based MID

updated 05:25 pm EST, Mon February 16, 2009

LG and Intel develop MID

LG and Intel on Monday announced they will be the first to launch a Mobile Internet Device (MID) based on Intel's next-generation hardware platform dubbed Moorestown and the Linux-based Moblin v2.0 software platform. The Moorestown platform is made up of a System on Chip, named Lincroft, that includes a 45nm Intel Atom CPU along with a graphics, video and memory controller. The platform also has an I/O hub codenamed Langwell that supports wireless connection devices and hosts a range of I/O blocks.

Compared to current MIDs using Intel Atom processors, Intel's Moorestown-based devices are said to consume over 10 times less energy at idle. The newer Linux-based Moblin operating system, v2.0, will bring with it support for cell phone voice calls and provide a "PC-like Internet experience."

Intel has been a long-time supplier of chips to LG for its notebooks and, more recently, a netbook PC. LG and Intel are also working with existing partner Ericsson to equip the planned MID with a communications module capable of accessing 3G data networks.

Intel's Moorestown platform is expected to come to market by 2010, with the LG MID expected to launch soon thereafter.

by MacNN Staff



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