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Intel showcases future products at IDF

San Francisco, August 21, 2008

Intel showcased its roadmap toward power efficient computing by unveiling the latest processors, mobile paltforms and technologies at the Intel Developer Forum from August 18 to 21.

Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group discussed new features of the company's next-generation processor family including a new turbo mode that shifts the processor into a higher gear for quality performance.

Intel said its first desktop PC chips branded Intel Core i7 processors and initial energy-efficient, high-performance server products (codenamed Nehalem-EP) will be first to production.

It is also planning to manufacture a second server derivative designed for the expandable server market (Nehalem-EX), and desktop (Havendale and Lynnfield) and mobile (Auburndale and Clarksfield) client versions in the second half of 2009.

'Our engineers have put together an incredible processing family here that will include a tremendous amount of new processor features all centered on delivering faster computer performance and terrific energy efficiency,' Gelsinger said.

The next-generation Core microarchitecture also features Intel Hyper-Threading Technology delivering up to 8-threaded performance capability on 4 cores in the initial versions and best-in-class memory bandwidth thanks to the new QuickPath Interconnect.

QuickPath is a technology that connects processors, chipsets and memory together, and delivers up to three times the memory bandwidth of previous generation Core microarchitecture solutions.

The new Intel Xeon processor X7460 with 6 cores and 16MB L3 cache for expandable servers launching in September has already broken multiple performance world records.

An 8-socket IBM System x 3950 M2 server became the first platform to break the 1 million tpmC barrier on the TPC-C benchmark.

New 4-Socket performance records include TPC-C on HP Proliant DL580 G5, TPC-E on Dell PowerEdge R900, SPECjbb 2005 on Sun Fire X4450 and SPECint_rate2006 on Fujitsu-Siemens Primergy RX600 S4.

Gelsinger also discussed the industry’s first many-core Intel Architecture (IA) based design, codenamed Larrabee.

Expected in 2009 or 2010, the first product based on Larrabee will target the personal computer graphics market, support DirectX and OpenGL, and run today's games and programs.

Larrabee is expected to kick start an industry-wide effort to create and optimise software for the dozens, hundreds and thousands of cores expected to power future computers.

The Intel executive also outlined Intel’s vision for the next wave of the Internet, called the Embedded Internet.

Emerging markets in the embedded computing space such as IP networking and security, video intelligence, medical, in-vehicle infotainment and home automation can greatly benefit from the always-on Internet connectivity.

Gelsinger said that this area is another growth opportunity for Intel and the high-tech industry, and predicted that there will be 15 billion devices connected to the Internet as a result of the rapid rise of the embedded internet.

Showing the breadth and health of Intel's next-generation processors, David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group demonstrated the first working laptop platform codenamed Calpella.

'Calpella will redefine how we compute on-the-go by giving users a stunning new computing visual experience, better manageability and security, enhanced turbo mode features and evolutionary power management for notebooks,' said Perlmutter.

'It is all about dramatic mobile performance without compromise.'

Building on the recent Intel Centrino 2 launch for notebook PCs in July, Perlmutter unveiled Intel's first-ever mobile-focused quad-core laptop workstation – the Intel Core 2 Extreme proce




Tags: Intel | IDF | Nehalem | Larrabee |

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