Information on the Next Intel XScale Processors

Intel has disclosed a few broad technical details of its next-generation of Intel XScale based processors to be used in mobile phones, PDAs and other wireless devices. The upcoming processors, code named "Bulverde," will add several new features that will help devices to capture higher quality pictures, improve battery life and multimedia performance.

Bulverde is a key component of the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (PCA), the company's development blueprint for designing wireless devices that combine voice communications and Internet access capabilities.

Improved Camera Action
The ability to send and receive digital pictures or video clips has been one of the hottest developments in the cell phone and PDA segments worldwide. Intel has developed Quick Capture Technology, an interface that allows imaging devices to connect to a cell phone or PDA, to 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 handsets and PDAs. Intel Quick Capture Technology 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).

Power Efficiency
First available in the Bulverde processor, Intel will also offer Wireless Intel SpeedStep Technology, a 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.

Advanced Multimedia Capability
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 clients 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, enabling software developers to quickly make their applications such as 2D and 3D gaming, streaming MPEG4 video, wireless encryption/decryption, and voice recognition available for Intel-based cell phones and PDAs.

"Cell phone and wireless PDA capabilities are moving well beyond just making a call or organizing personal information," said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president and general manager of its PCA Components Group. "The ability to send and receive pictures, play rich 3D games or download ring tones, video clips and music are growing in popularity. To support the ongoing adoption of data services and applications, the underlying technology must be able to deliver enhanced multimedia capabilities and lower power."

Intel says, additional details surrounding Bulverde are expected to be available in the first half of 2004.

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killah fury @ 9/22/2003 4:09:29 AM #
sounds good

RE: first post
jodihansen @ 9/22/2003 5:30:22 AM #
It does sound good. Its great how PDA/Mobile Phone processors are really taking off. The only problem is that it makes me want to update my Palm more often.
Seriously though, I love getting a new Palm. :)
I cannot wait for the T|T3, but then it will not be long before the next one comes out and then I will want that one. lol


RE: first post
ArPonn @ 9/22/2003 8:04:39 AM #
Indeed !

By the way, about changing of Palm... I'm planning to buy the new TREO 600.

Do you guys have any idea if bluetooth will be integrated in this device? If not, does a bluetooth SD card will enable a wireless headset ? Will it require a specific driver ?


RE: Tungsten T3
killah fury @ 9/22/2003 5:53:57 PM #
Info, specs and pictures here!

PDA + separate phone or smartphone

DJS_TX @ 9/22/2003 8:16:24 AM #
It's cool stuff like this that keeps me with two separate devices. If I wait for this technology to be incorporated in a smartphone it will be 2-3 years before the product is built, tested, approved, and marketed.

But if I buy it as a standalone PDA this stuff will be hitting the market in 1 year. Much as I like a superphone idea, as long as the time to market sucks as bad as it does, I'll be carrying two devices.


RE: PDA + separate phone or smartphone
Strider_mt2k @ 9/22/2003 8:54:16 AM #
I think i'll let them build the kind of features I want and shake out the bugs before I go for a PDA/Phone.

RE: PDA + separate phone or smartphone
Doo @ 9/22/2003 9:33:45 AM #
I like to keep my pda and phone sperate too. Big screen on a pda makes for small room in my pocket. But a small cell with blue tooth and pda makes for a great combo.




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