Phones As Another Type of Mobile Computers
Speaking about mobile phones, we should point out first of all that intelligence is beginning to matter more inside phones. Of course, performance also matters. So, taking these two characteristics into account we can say that the so-called smart phones are becoming a very large category. And this is exactly what Intel claims:
Smart phone market is exactly the market segment Intel has been offering new microprocessors for. One of the latest innovations here was a new cell phone they demonstrated today - the world’s thinnest phone with a full keyboard:
Besides the ready-to-go cell phone model with a new Intel micro-processor inside, they also showed the next generation of processors for mobile phones, smart phones and PDAs. So far this processor is only available as a prototype:
This baby features H264 decode, supports full digital video and ensures great performance rate. So far it runs at 1248MHz, however, Intel is not quite sure yet about the real configurations or working frequencies the solution will support in the actual products. All in all, however, the latest technologies in the cell phone field indicate that the performance grew up by at least 4x, while the power consumption of these devices dropped down significantly.
Obviously, there is strong interest in video for portables and mobile devices, too. But despite the full digital video support most of these devices offer, you don’t want to decode and download videos, as it is not optimal and not really efficient from the performance and resources consumption point of view. The major aim is to enable broadcast video. And it looks like Intel has already found a solution. We could see the world’s first DVBH demo.
It could do 16 video channels straight offering clear image at 24fps only. This is going to be a global standard technology, and not something you have just in the US. Intel is already working with partners - CrownCastle and DiBcom - on solutions like that.
Open Standard Wireless
In conclusion to the Mobility keynote presentation Intel officials were talking about the need for an open wireless standard and the benefits of WiMAX in different application fields.
Since the first days these wireless technologies came into life, the cost per bit has dropped down significantly and keeps reducing. Even though Wi-Fi came into this world later than W-CDMA, it grew up much faster, and now occupies the dominating position.
A great example of how rapidly wireless is taking over is the fact that Intel established partnership with UPS and SBC in the USA in terms of installing hot spots and providing wireless access for UPS and SBC.
A pretty nig challenge here is lack of the signal reach, however, Intel is working hard on this one, too.
During the presentation, Intel tried to demonstrate not just the technology itself, but how people actually use it. They tried contacting people in four different remote parts of the world (China, Argentina, Canada and the Netherlands) using Intel wireless enabled solutions.
I personally liked the navy captain from Rotterdam, who as woken up in the middle of the night and looked real funny, especially when he was trying to talk about WiMAX advantages while it seemed he barely knew what WiMAX really is :)