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Will Apple Rescue Intel’s Silverthorne?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans for 2008 report that the company is eyeing a new mobile processor from Intel code-named Silverthorne for use in a new generation of handheld devices. That has broad implications for Apple’s expanding role in consumer electronics, and holds out the prospect for the company to play the savior for a chip originally designed to power the second-generation of Microsoft’s beleaguered UMPCs.

AppleInsider | Will Apple Rescue Intel’s Silverthorne?
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7 comments

1 John Muir { 01.02.08 at 6:12 pm }

So you *are* Prince McLean. I knew it.

2 macpeter { 01.02.08 at 6:37 pm }

Silverthorne has also a huge potential outside of Apple . Think on Asus Eee or OLPC / XO. but also in non mobile Devices.
But my personal favourit is a improved airport extreme station aka “iserve” or “ihome” which could be the centerpiece in Apples seamlessly integrated home strategy and the key opener to the livingroom in cooperation with appletv2

3 IronTeardrop { 01.02.08 at 7:03 pm }

@ #1
I think that “Prince McLean” is Daniel’s “porn name”: his first pet was named “Prince” and that he grew up on “McLean” Ave/St/Rd/Blvd/whatever.

I’m not going to search imdb.com, though. ;-)

Good article Prince Daniel.

4 Apple { 01.02.08 at 11:45 pm }

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5 nextcube { 01.03.08 at 12:13 am }

I think that Apple will continue to segregate “Macs” from “Handheld Devices” for the near future, in the sense that Macs are x86 and Handheld Devices are ARM. ARM’s power consumption is still better than Silverthorne’s (meaning the ACTUAL PARTS in the iPhone use less power – 0.15W vs. 0.5W – than parts “coming soon”) and it’s likely to stay that way. (Someone once commented that the ARM had the simplest logic design of any useful 32-bit processor; it had 30,000 transistors vs. 68,000 (okay, 70,000) in the MC68000; this likely contributes to ARM’s excellent electrical power-to-computing power ratio. ARM had the significant benefit of not being microcoded!) Also, highly integrated ARM-based cores like the TI OMAP (the OMAP2420 contains an ARM11 application processor, a TI DSP and an ARM7-based video coprocessor – Nokia use them in their N95) would have to be replaced by multiple, non-integrated parts in a Silverthorne scenario. (The commenters over at AppleInsider hit on many of those points as well.)
Forking the iPhone/iPod Touch platform at this point to use Silverthorne probably doesn’t make any sense, given their relative youth and the downsides. An ultra-portable MacBook (Asus eeePc-like) based on Silverthorne does.
I don’t personally buy into the Mac tablet ideas; they represent the same sorts of tradeoffs (i.e., giving up good features for bad) as the UMPCs, and I suspect people would choose not to buy them for the same reasons.

6 hrissan { 01.13.08 at 11:57 pm }

As an idealist I do not understand why Mac requires 1 Gb of RAM and fast processor to run smoothly… I’d like Apple to clean the garbage from system so that Mac itswlf can run fast on thesame element base as iPhone. That would solve problems of “subnotebooks” and left competitors far behind. Mac osx is too bloated already… Following the general trend.
Have you heard of Small Http Server which is 96Kb in size still handles the following protocols: ftp, http(s), pop3 smtp imap dns and maybe more…

Why Leopard does not completely boot in 3 seconds and works fast on 128Mb RAM if iPhone does it? :)

7 Why Did Apple Buy PA Semi? — RoughlyDrafted Magazine { 04.24.08 at 4:31 am }

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