updated 03:55 pm EDT, Wed June 10, 2009
Elektrobit Moorestown MID
Finland-based Elektrobit has recently demonstrated a cellular-voice-enabled mobile Internet device (MID) known as the Reference Device and based on Intel's next-generation Atom processor, codenamed Moorestown. The device will also sport a special build of the Linux-based Moblin v2 operating system optimized for use in MIDs and with cellular phone support. The EB design was co-developed along with Intel and Ericsson, and will be offered to companies in custom specs.
Users would interface with the device via its 4-inch 3D, haptic-feedback touchscreen along with a speech recognition feature. The prototype has an HDMI output and is said to be capable of playing back HD-quality videos, even on dual screens. It has integrated Wi-Fi, a GPS sensor, micro USB and an SD card slot, though there is no indication of any onboard storage space. Mobile WiMAX or HSPA 3G cell modems will be options.
Shortcuts to social networks will be integrated into the interface, while Elektrobit's Street Director application will endow the device with a speech-enabled, turn-by-turn navigation functionality.
Moorestown is a SoC (system on chip) that contains a 45nm Atom processor core with graphics, video, and memory controllers, collectively codenamed Lincroft, along with an I/O hub codenamed Langwell. Intel promises Moorestown will consume 10 percent of the power as its current Atom CPUs.
Elektrobit's Moorestown-powered MID is expected to launch sometime in 2010, coinciding with the expected ship date of the next-generation Intel chip. [via LinuxDevices]