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.