Intel Philippines previews Pinetrail and Moblin 2.0

Posted: May 26, 2009 in Tech

Intel Philippines recently outlined some information on its next Atom platform, code-named “Pine Trail” and introduced a new beta version of its Moblin 2.0 operating system.

From an architecture standpoint, there will be a shift to a 2-chip architecture which will enable four-layer PCB routing. This is versus the current 3-chip setup consisting of the CPU, chipset (graphics, RAM, etc.), and the I/O.

With Pine Trail, the CPU, graphics, and memory controller will now all be in the “north” complex, while I/O will be in the “south” complex. This new configuration allows for a move from a six-layer board to a four-layer board. That means slimmer designs, fanless (in nettops), lower costs, better battery, better performance, etc.

Moblin is an optimized Linux operating system project that delivers a visually rich internet and media experience on Intel Atom Processor based devices including MIDs, netbooks/nettops, in-vehicle infotainment, and embedded systems. The main goal of Moblin is to unify a Linux-based OS across Atom-based platforms.

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