updated 05:55 am EST, Mon February 20, 2012
Intel set to reveal new SoC breakthrough
Intel is readying a new dual-core Atom-based chip with a digital 2.4GHz Wi-Fi receiver built into the same die. Dubbed Rosepoint, the new architecture is built on a 32nm process and will show for the first time as a research project (PDF) at ISSCC 2012 in San Francisco. For end-users, devices equipped this technology significantly improve power consumption and produce a more reliable Wi-Fi connection than current analogue-based receivers.
'With a digital approach to radio, you can bring the benefits of Moore's law to RF and radio circuits,' says Intel Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner. To be able to achieve this, Intel had to find a way of stopping the radio waves from interfering with the CPU. The Rosepoint architecture overcomes this by employing noise canceling and radiation-shielding methods to enable the concept to work.
At this stage, the Rosepoint design is being demonstrated as a working prototype, although Intel believes that it could be able to develop the technology into a shipping product by 2015. [via Wired]