Monday, February 20, 2012

WiFi and processors in combination by Intel

Article first published as Combination of WiFi and Processors on a Single Chip is Among Intel’s Next Projects on Technorati.


Intel Corp. has unveiled a small device dubbed “Rosepoint” at International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) this week. This small device is a 32nm system-on-chip (SoC) has an integrated digital 2.4 GHz WiFi radio with a dual-core Intel Atom Processor. According to the company, this small device can be not only miniaturized but also will result in low cost fitting in mobile devices.
“Energy efficiency has been Intel’s goal for many years now,” said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel, in a call with reporters. “We do it to minimize the energy impact on the environment but also to make Intel’s products more scalable across the computing continuum.”
The company has to work a lot in this regard as this breakthrough design needs a lot of research due to the interference caused by the wireless radio and processors’ radiations’ interference. The company has to develop a cover up material that can not only protect against radiation but also has noise-cancelling methods, so that both the components may exist on the same chip without disrupting each other.
The company is also thinking on the addition of digital cellular radio chip in the near future. According to the company, such technology will come in the market by three years or so.
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