Its developer forum going on now San Jose, Intel Corporation outlined plans for its next generation of XScale processors for handhelds and cell phones. Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Wireless Communications and Computing Group, described some of the features of his company’s upcoming line of mobile processors, codenamed Bulverde.
Bulverde will add several new features to the XScale line that will extend the battery life of wireless devices and help them deliver fast multimedia performance and capture higher-quality pictures.
Lower Power Requirements
These processors will offer Wireless Intel SpeedStep Technology, which dynamically adjusts the power and performance of the processor based on CPU demand. This can result in a significant decrease in power consumption for wireless handheld devices.
Wireless Intel SpeedStep Technology advances the capabilities of Intel Dynamic Voltage Management – a function already built into the Intel XScale microarchitecture – by incorporating three new low-power states: deep idle, standby, and deep sleep. The technology is able to change both voltage and frequency on-the-fly by intelligently switching the processor into the various low power modes, saving additional power while still providing the necessary performance to run rich applications.
Intel Wireless MMX technology, announced last year, is an advanced set of multimedia instructions that will help bring desktop-like multimedia performance to Bulverde-based devices while minimizing the power needed to run rich applications. Intel Wireless MMX technology builds on the Intel MMX technology originally introduced in the Intel Pentium processor family, which will ease the process software developers have to go through to make their applications such as 2D and 3D gaming, streaming MPEG4 video, wireless encryption/decryption, and voice recognition available for Intel-based handhelds and mobile phones.
The company is incorporating in the Bulverde line its new Intel Quick Capture Technology, which will improve image quality and reduce the overall cost of adding digital image capabilities for mobile devices.
Intel Quick Capture Technology provides the ability to get live video and high-quality still images from a wide range of camera sensors in current and future camera-enabled mobile devices. It consists of three primary modes of operation: Quick View mode (providing low power, real time previews), Quick Shot mode (providing high resolution image capture up to four megapixels) and Quick Video mode (providing full-motion, high-quality video capture).
While Mr. Smith was willing to reveal these facts about Bulverde, much about them remains unknown, like what processor speeds can be expected. Additional details about Bulverde are expected to be available in the first half of 2004.
Intel’s XScale processor are used in many handhelds, including ones from Hewlett-Packard, Palm, Toshiba, Sony, and more.