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Moorestown flexes muscles by running Quake III, WoW, 3D, and video demos

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Apart from launching the new Oak Trail ultra mobile platform at Computex last week, Intel was also demonstrating the Atom Z6xx (aka Moorestown) smartphone platform at the show, with Aava Mobile prototypes occupying its booth. The device and processor have previously been shown playing back HD video and running Quake III, but the company took things up a notch by demonstrating the Moorestown prototypes' power in a series of new demos, including running the full version of World of Warcraft, an impressive interactive 3D graphics demo by Imagination Technologies (makers of the PowerVR SGX GPU), and a multitasking video playback demo where the device played back an HD movie trailer while also performing a multi-point video stream. Check out a video from Carrypad with all these demonstrations below.

The demos really highlight the capabilities and high level of performance we can expect from Moorestown devices when they eventually hit the market. But it seems certain that such power hungry applications will carry a heavy price in terms of battery life, with Quake III and WoW only lasting just over an hour on a full charge. Nevertheless, as demonstrations of pure processing power these are all very impressive and on the flip side, the energy efficiency of the Atom Z6xx under normal operating conditions looks to be competitive.

The questions now are when we can finally expect to see the first Moorestown device, which OS it'll have, and from which manufacturer. Aava Mobile has stated that its Virta reference platform running Android will be shipping in Q3 to developers, but there hasn't been confirmation that the device will make it to consumers. Are you impressed by the performance of Moorestown?

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Jeremy To

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5 thoughts on “Moorestown flexes muscles by running Quake III, WoW, 3D, and video demos

  • It certainly looks impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing some actual products although I’m a bit confused between Oak Trail and Moorestown.

    It seems a bit like the two may end up competing with each other but maybe I’m thinking that because I’m confused with the differences between the two platforms. Aren’t they both energy efficient fanless x86 processors?

    Anyways, I’m a fan of low heat fanless processors so I’ll be looking forward to seeing products that will compete with the iPad.

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  • Avatar of Joseph G. Mitzen

    Moorestown is x86 compatible but requires a lot of OS-side functionality to utilize all of its power-saving features and is a bit stripped-down for power saving (and cost?) reasons. This is one reason Intel is happy to have MeeGo; it will be optimized for Moorestown, and why they’re saying Windows will not be running on it. Oak Trail adds some more system items and buses more suitable for mainstream use and thus will be able to run Windows 7 without fuss. Think of Moorestown as more system-on-chip and Oak Trail as more mainstream processor & chipset.

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  • Well that certainly helped clarify things a bit. I’m wondering now though, will Oak Trail also run MeeGo? If so I wonder how the two processors will stack up with each other if we start seeing tablets with MeeGo. Maybe even dual boot between MeeGo and Windows?

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  • Avatar of Joseph G. Mitzen

    MeeGo is being designed with… I forget the word they’re using… “modules” or “faces” or somesuch. Think of it as one kernel but a choice of different UIs and running tasks. There are going to be different modules targeting smart phones, netbooks and tablets and I’ve read that things are set up allowing for different platforms and form factors to be targeted that don’t exist today. Try watching


    for a demo of the tablet UI running on a Moorestown tablet engineering sample.

    Oak Trail would certainly be capable of running MeeGo, and I guess it would be up to the developer of an Oak Trail device regarding using MeeGo. Given that there are tablet and netbook UIs in development for MeeGo, the types of devices Oak Trail can be used in are definitely being targeted by the OS.

    Now, if WINE (a set of Windows-compatible libraries that let you run many Windows programs under Linux) keeps improving and has no problems with MeeGo, maybe a dual boot wouldn’t even be necessary! :-)

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  • Oak Trail should replace the current Menlow pltaform (Viliv S5, N5, S7; Cowon W2 etc.) So it should be able to runa OS of your choice – Windows (probably only 7), Linux (any distribution including MeeGo), Android etc.

    Both Moorestown and Pine Trail will have the same Atom Z6xx CPU and PowerVR GMA600 GPU, but there will be a different chipset surrounding them.

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