Intel plans massive UMPC power reductions

At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing last month, Intel announced plans to achieve a ten-fold power consumption reduction across its entire processor line by the end of the decade. Reg Hardware now reports that Intel has similarly bold aspirations with regards to its ultra-mobile PC platform. The site says that by 2010, Intel wants power consumption for its UMPC platform to be 1/20th of what it is today. To achieve this reduction, the firm will introduce a new "Moorestown" processor that will "combine the processor and other system components into a single chip."

Reg Hardware says Intel's upcoming "Menlow" UMPC platform, which was announced at IDF Beijing and will come out next year, is already expected to cut power consumption to one quarter of what the existing UMPC platform used in systems like Samsung's Q1 currently draws. Menlow will have a new, 45nm processor code-named Silverthorne as well as new single-chip core logic code-named Poulsbo. The Moorestown chip will follow in the 2009-2010 time frame and unite processor with core logic while offering one fifth the power consumption of Menlow.

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