Intel hopes to one day dominate the smartphone market with their Moorestown platform, but their first design win for Android will be the line up of Google TV devices slated to debut this fall. Google hand picked their partners for the Google TV launch and the Intel Atom platform is the brains that will power the first wave of products.
Both Sony Smart TV products and the Logitech Revue will include the new 1.2 GHz Intel Atom CE4100. This 45nm System-on-Chip (SoC) is the latest from Intel which is designed to bring the full power of the Internet to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes. Most Android devices currently run on an ARM-based processors so it will be interesting to see how the performance of Intel’s offering stacks up.
For the graphics processor, Intel has included the PowerVR SGX535 core licensed from Imagination Technologies. Android fans might recognize this name because PowerVR GPUs have also appeared in several of Motorola’s Droid phones (SGX530) and the Samsung Galaxy S (SGX540). We know the PowerVR series can pump out rich OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics, but I’m interested to see how it performs at such high resolutions.
Google TV might be seen as an emerging gaming platform to partners like Logitech, but it sounds more and more like the initial crop of games for Google TV will be Flash-based and not native applications. This makes sense because we already know that Android Market will not be available on Google TV this year.
Adobe has been working closely with Intel to optimize Flash 10.1 for the Atom CE4100 and we also know Google has invested around $150 million in Zynga, who produces social games coded in Flash. I wouldn’t be surprised if we finally see the rumored Google Games announcement drop any day now.
To get an idea of the power of the Atom CE4100, check out the following demo of Sony’s Smart TV experience.