NEC, Option Team on Reference Design for Intel Moorestown Platform

NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced the availability of a robust and easy-to-implement reference design blueprint for Intel’s next generation Mobile Internet Device (MID) and Smart Phone platforms, codenamed “Moorestown.” Using NEC Electronics’ power management IC (PMIC) solution (codenamed “Briertown”) and global wireless technology leader Option’s GTM501L wireless module, the companies worked closely together to develop and validate the industry’s first solution that will help to accelerate PMIC and 2G/3G communications module integration in Moorestown MID designs. In support of the reference design blueprint, the companies will provide extensive design assistance and collateral to support customers developing MIDs with the Moorestown platform.

“NEC Electronics America and Option developed this reference design blueprint to provide MID designers the solutions and support needed to get to production quickly and easily,” said Tim Nguyen, general manager, Custom SOC Solutions Strategic Business Unit, NEC Electronics America. “The new reference design blueprint from NEC Electronics America and Option has been proven to work in the MID form factor and has been validated over numerous voice- and data-use cases. Utilizing this reference design blueprint will greatly accelerate the PMIC – 2G/3G communications module integration process, helping customers get to market quickly.”

“Both NEC Electronics America and Option are leaders in delivering solutions for the MID market,” said Martin Croome, Vice President Global Marketing at Option. “By applying our individual technology expertise to a common reference design blueprint, we believe we have developed a best-in-class solution that meets the power efficiency and space requirements that are so critical to MID designers.”

Robust MID Reference Design Blueprint Minimizes Power Consumption and Board Space
Developed in conjunction with Intel, the NEC Electronics PMIC solution combines power management, logic and user interfaces, plus audio and voice communications functions to maximize battery life, support high levels of integration and minimize board space for Internet and cellular network access, multimedia playback, navigation, gaming, social networking and other Web 2.0 and real-time Web applications.

Created specifically for ultra-mobile devices, the Option GTM501 series products are a radical evolution of the embedded high-speed broadband Internet access module. The small module is delivered in a space-efficient LGA package with optimum heat dissipation characteristics for small and thin devices. In HSUPA mode, the module delivers up to 5.76 megabits per second (Mbps), and in HSDPA mode, it delivers up to 10.2 Mbps. It is also multimode for high-speed data access and backward compatibility, and features 3GPP Type III Advanced Receiver Technology on three UMTS bands—for increased reliability in weak signal areas. And due to triple-band 3G and quad-band 2G support, the GTM501 series can be used anywhere in the world.

The combination of the NEC Electronics’ Moorestown PMIC solution and the GTM 501L 3G module as the wireless modem provides several advantages for designers developing a MID based on the Intel Moorestown platform.

  • The PMIC solution provides all the power rails necessary to fully operate the wireless module in a tested bundle
  • The PMIC provides a 32 kilohertz (kHz) clock to support the wireless module’s sleep features
  • The PMIC offers a full-featured audio codec/front-end to support the voice functionality of Option’s modem

Leadership in Power Management ICs
For more than 15 years, NEC Electronics has developed highly integrated PMICs that have been adopted broadly for use in portable consumer-electronics devices, including cell phones. As a technology leader with a world-class PMIC line developed in one of the most advanced mixed-signal process nodes available (150 nm), NEC Electronics remains committed to providing support for leading-edge, highly integrated PMIC solutions. More information can be found at www.am.necel.com/pmd/pmics.html.

Availability
The advanced MID communications reference design blueprint is available now for customers developing next-generation ultra mobile devices using Intel’s Moorestown platform. The Moorestown PMIC solution is available from NEC Electronics (www.am.necel.com/pmic), and the GTM501 series is available from Option.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of consumer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.