Intel is at it again, recently announcing that they have a sixth 45nm processor in development in addition to the five they’ve previously announced. This processor is aimed for the UMPC market though, unlike the others that are focused toward notebooks and servers.
This processor could mean longer battery life and better performance for UMPCs. Even though it will be a extremely low-power processor, it will perform to the highest standards, which should make users happy.
According to Ars Technica there’s no word yet on whether the part will be dual-core or single-core, but given the time-frame, this UMPC chip may be the long-rumored Perryville processor. Perryville is a 45nm single-core (2MB L2 cache) version of Penryn, which is itself a die shrink of the 65nm Merom.
Intel would love to see the UMPC market grow because their hardware could be inside. Just like the saying "you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours". Intel has a lot to gain from new technology advancements like their Verified By Intel (VBI) platform initiative, which was also introduced at the Intel Solutions Summit.
The VBI is supposed to make it easier for UMPC makers to design their systems out of standardized Intel parts that can be mixed and matched. The initiative is centered around the company’s "Santa Rosa" platform, which includes a new chipset with integrated graphics, 802.11n, Advanced Management Technology, vPro and "Robson" technology for using integrated flash memory as a hard drive cache.
Via Ars Technica