Rosepoint chip (via Intel)
‘Fused’ chips are fast becoming the status quo in powering today’s mobile devices, particularly tablets and smartphones. For those of you who don’t know what fused chips are, they combine CPU’s and For those of you who don’t know what fused chips are, they combine CPU’s and GPU’s on a single chip (or die) such as AMD’s Fusion. Intel has recently stepped up their game in this field with the introduction of their Sandy Bridge line of fused chips, but they have not stopped the integration there.
The company has recently stated that they have combined Wi-Fi with their line of Atom processors code named Rosepoint which will be unveiled at this year’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. Not much is known about Rosepoint but a few ‘leaked’ images and a vague Intel press release. Details say that it features a 32nm SoC with a built-in Wi-Fi transceiver (running at a reported 2.4 GHz or 4G) with two Atom CPU’s all crammed onto the same die. Another goal is to reduce the chip-count. Although a wireless transmitter that close to other digital signals would cause interference, Intel has found some "hush-hush" way to shield the CPU from the WiFi onboard. The integration of wireless onto CPU cores means less power usage as well as costs. If all goes well, the technology could be found in mobile devices as early as 2013.
More information will be released at this year’s ISSCC so check back for an update! (ISSCC runs from February 19-23rd.)