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Apple to pick up Intel's UMPC platform?

updated 10:40 am EST, Fri December 21, 2007

Apple and Intel UMPC

Apple will use the chipsets that form the basis of Intel's ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) and mobile Internet device (MID) reference platforms, according to a claim by AppleInsider. Expanding on previous statements from Taiwan suppliers, the rumor site points to Apple using the 45-nanometer Silverthorne mobile chip for "multiple products" during 2008. The small manufacturing process lets it run as quickly as the better Pentium M chips that preceded the Core Duo but consume less than 2 watts of power -- less than a tenth of a typical notebook processor, based on Intel's own figures. Modern Core 2 Duo notebook processors consume an average 25 watts or more at their thermal design limits.

The design also allows for extremely small mainboards based on the accompanying Menlow platform that can fit into complete computer systems, according to the chipmaker: a mobile device can fit in a surface area as little as 2.9 by 5.6 inches. The technology can also be adapted to smaller hardware such as cellphone; with enough space, it can aso add long-range wireless technologies such as WiMAX. This may lead not only to a widely speculated tablet-like device but may also serve as the platform for an iPhone update that would not just add 3G but run faster on its own, according to the claim. Today's iPhone uses a roughly 620MHz ARM processor.

Intel chief Paul Otellini has suggested that a typical device with a Silverthorne CPU would cost $100 versus several hundred or more for UMPCs based on earlier technology such as his firm's own A100 series, according to the report, which also makes the logical assertion that Apple will pick Intel's Moorestown successor to Silverthorne when it debuts in 2009 or 2010. At a recent Intel Developer Forum, the semiconductor firm showcased an extra-wide touchscreen device resembling an iPhone that would use Moorestown, although this is believed to be a concept only and not representative of any future Apple products.

No details have been provided about whether any products will launch at Macworld San Francisco that integrate Silverthorne. However, Intel last week previewed what it says is a record-breaking ultra-small solid-state drive that would integrate 2GB or more of storage and a controller into a chip smaller than a penny, providing a theoretical product with fast storage without requiring the physical space of a hard drive or the cost of quicker flash memory.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. njfuzzy

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    A few places

    This could be an interesting basis for an ultra-portable, an improved iPhone, or even a redesigned Mac mini. Remember that Apple often uses components from unexpected sectors, to make the best products in creative ways. (Such as desktops using laptop parts, etc.)

  1. iDaver

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    Cool!

    I'd love it if a new MacBook had this. It would be cooler running and have longer battery life. Those things are much more important to me in a laptop than speed.

  1. UberFu

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    but..

    the spec of the UMPC would be slower than currrent Macbook or Mac Mini configurations at their current specs_

    Remember the article said Pentium M comparison - NOT a Core Duo or Core 2 Duo_ Unless they ramp it up to current speeds with similar low power consumption - it will be a step backwards for the current product lines_

    Now as far as the iPhone goes - that would be a step up most likely_ Or they might even be gearing it up for soemthing like the rumored sub-Notebook everybody is chattering about_

  1. bloodline

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    iPhone CPU

    I think the iPhone uses a 400Mhz CPU not a 620MHz one... can anyone confirm this?

  1. bloodline

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    Ok, confirmed

    http://www.robota.nl/photo/280.jpg

  1. DoctorGonzo

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    What's that I hear?

    The people complaining about the Intel switch have stopped whining?

    You would have never got this cool stuff sticking with Motorola.

  1. Constable Odo

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    Motorola sucked and

    still does. Never was there such a losing company in so many ways. Apple would have had 10% market share by now if they'd skipped those nasty G5 processors and moved to Intel a couple of years ago.

    Even if Jobs and Otellini have to swap spit, they'd better keep this relationship going. Apple needs Intel badly.

    Those early Intel whiners didn't have a lick of sense due to blind PPC loyalty. All they knew is that Intel processors powered Wintel PCs and for that reason they couldn't be any good.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    subnotebooks...

    ..before the fanbois start salivating about ultraportables... ear in mind that Apple uses portable technology parts in a lot of non-portable products -- Apple TV, iMacs, etc..

    If anything, while an ultraportable may be in the works, it most likely would not use these techs for the typical OS X based portable -- more likely that some of it may find it's way into the next iteration of Apple TV, or (speculating) into a sub-compact OS X tablet device based on touch technology (though, again, I question the target demographic for such a product).

  1. Tanker10a

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    bloodline...iphone cpu

    Excellent Dude!

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