Intel Working On Milliwatt x86 Mobile CPU

March 8, 2007

Intel’s CEO had some interesting things to say about an upcoming mobile CPU.

Intel is developing an ultra low power micro-architecture with integrated graphics that will be able to power mobile devices with mere milliwatts of power. The first version of the chip is slated for release later this year.

The chip features the same architecture as existing server and desktop systems, and will be able to run all existing applications and services.

“If we get power and price down to the right point, I think it is a killer silicon compilation to these kinds of devices,” said Otellini.

AMD and VIA have x86 processors aimed at the embedded market that use just under a watt of power. So I guess it depends on what they mean by “mere milliwatts of power”.

Intel spun off its mobile phone chip business last year to the Marvell Technology Group. It has been suggested that Apple’s iPhone will run a Marvell Xscale processor.

Is this why Intel sold their consumer XScale business? The industry has pretty much settled on ARM based processors (like the XScale) for PDAs and SmartPhones. A new x86 based mobile chip needs more than an incremental improvement before it is widely adopted in this space. I dunno. Seems a bit weird.

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