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IDF Fall 2003: Details on Bulverde processor on XScale

At IDF Fall 2003 Intel introduced the technical details of Bulverde processor based on Xscale architecture to be used in mobile handsets, PDAs, etc.

The new chip will offer a number of new features providing wireless higher-quality image shooting and high-speed multimedia processing, and improving battery operation time. Bulverde is a key part of Intel PCA architecture wireless design project with voice communications and Internet access features.

By this moment Intel has developed the Quick Capture interface enabling to connect image processing devices to mobile phones and PDAs to improve the visual quality and reduce digital imaging features implementation costs. Quick Capture enables to receive live video and higher-quality images from a wide array of handset and PDA camera sensors. Intel Quick Capture supports three operation modes: Quick View (real-time image preview with low energy consumption), Quick Shot (high-resolution (up to 4Mp) shooting) and Quick Video (hi-res full motion video recording.)

Bulverde will for the first time feature the Intel SpeedStep wireless technology for dynamic adjusting performance and energy consumption depending on the load. It will allow to reduce the energy consumption by 50%. Intel SpeedStep extends the capabilities of Intel Dynamic Voltage Management already implemented into Intel Xscale with three new modes: deep idle, standby and deep sleep. It is capable to immediately adjust voltage and clock speed intelligently switching between different low-power modes and saving energy and maintaining performance for apps that need it.

Bulverde will also feature the Wireless MMX instruction set based on Intel MMX set. This will enable software developers to port 2D and 3D games, MPEG4 streaming video, encryption and voice recognition systems as well as other apps to Intel´s mobile handset and PDA platform.

More details on the Bulverde mobile processor should arrive in H1 2004.

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