Atom successor Medfield in 32 nm for netbooks and handhelds
Intel's Medfield is supposed to be produced with 32 nm technology from 2010 and succeed the Atom netbook CPU. Thereby Medfield integrates the CPU, GPU and the classical chipset and thus forms a SoC, a System-on-a-chip, if the rumors are correct.
The replacement of the Lincroft CPUs as part of the Moorestown platform is said to take place in 2010 and lift the separation of CPU, graphics unit and chipset. What kind of integrated graphics is used, is not clear yet and depends on the planned Medfield model, says the Inquirer. The netbook version is supposed to be equipped with an enhanced device of the currently used Intel IPG, while the handheld version is said to be equipped with a licensed IP from Power-VR. This device isn't necessarily faster, but more power efficient and offers better performance for smaller displays with a defined resolution - the silicon surface is supposed to be smaller, too.
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