Feb. 4, 2008 – Intel is teaming with NEC Electronics and its US subsidiary to develop a power management IC combining power management, logic, audio and communications functions for “mobile Internet devices” (Intel’s term for ultramobile PCs generally targeting consumer use). Samples of the chip are expected to be available by 3Q08.
“NEC Electronics’ power management technology helps to maximize battery life, support high levels of integration and minimize motherboard space — critical requirements for emerging portable devices,” said Minoru Matsuda, GM of NEC Electronics’ power management devices division, in a statement. “Through our collaboration with Intel, we expect to deliver a PMIC solution that enhances the end-user experience by maximizing power efficiency, enabling the freedom to roam.”
Combining NEC’s integrated power management technology with Intel’s low-power technologies “will enable smaller, thinner, sleeker MIDs with great battery life for the consumer,” added Pankaj Kedia, director of global ecosystem programs in Intel’s ultra mobility group.