Intel IDF 2010 Day 1


Tuesday, 13.04.2010 
Posted by Marc Büchel
Manufacturers
At its developer conference today, Intel Corporation demonstrated how the company is providing a foundation on which to build common hardware, software and ecosystem solutions to make computing experiences and devices work together seamlessly and easier to use. The Intel Developer Forum kicked off with a keynote by David Perlmutter, executive vice president and co-general manager, Intel Architecture Group (IAG), who shared Intel's vision to make it possible for technology users to realize the potential for a common connected computing experience.



On the high end of the computing spectrum, Perlmutter noted that Intel culminated the transition to the company's award-winning Intel microarchitecture chip design, codenamed "Nehalem," with the recent launch of the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series. In less than 90 days, Intel has introduced all-new 2010 PC, laptop and server processors that increase energy efficiency and computing speed, and include a multitude of new features that make computers more intelligent, flexible and reliable.

   


Perlmutter also discussed updates on next generation Intel Core processors using the Intel microarchitecture codenamed "Sandy Bridge," which are targeted to be in production in late 2010. "Sandy Bridge" is built on Intel's second generation Hi-K 32 nanometer (nm) process technology. These processors will be the first to support Intel Advanced Vector Extension (Intel AVX) instructions. Intel AVX accelerates the trends toward floating point intensive computation in general purpose applications like image, video, and audio processing, as well as engineering applications, including 3D modeling and analysis, scientific simulation, and financial analytics. "Sandy Bridge" will also continue support for the Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI), seven software instructions that accelerate data encryption and decryption. "Sandy Bridge" will also feature Intel's sixth-generation graphics core and will include acceleration for floating point, video, and processor intensive software most often found in media applications.




Intel Atom Prozessor, Moorestown und Classmate PC

The Intel AtomTM processor uses a versatile low power design giving it broad potential for a range of new market segment opportunities, from handhelds and netbooks to consumer electronic devices and embedded applications. The Intel Atom processor core has similar characteristics around ultra-low power, low cost, and small size, which can then be productized into SoCs for a range of segments based on targeted usages and I/O requirements.



Perlmutter discussed Intel's forthcoming "Moorestown" platform, which is on track for introduction during the first half of this year. He stated that Intel has repartitioned its platform architecture and implemented a number of innovative techniques, such as next generation OS power management and distributed power gating, to achieve the improved performance and major reductions in idle and active power envelopes. To reinforce his point, he demonstrated up to 50 times platform idle power reduction, and up to 10 times power reduction in audio playback compared to Intel's first-generation "Menlow" platform.

Also, Perlmutter disclosed that Intel is working with PC manufacturers Tongfang and Hanvon to introduce the new convertible classmate PC design that combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-reading capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency. The flexible design of the new convertible classmate PC works and moves the way students do. The tablet touch screen form factor also adds additional functionality for students. Development of these new features was based on extensive ethnographic research with students and teachers.


James: Die Zukunft mit Intel erschliessen

In the day's second keynote, Renee James, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel, continued to highlight Intel's vision for a seamless cross-device experience for phones, cars and the home, providing consumers with more consistency and accessibility to their information. James emphasized how a unified operating environment running across a common compute architecture can give developers broader reach and easier access to end users, in any market segment.

Building on the recent Intel and Nokia news to merge the Moblin and Maemo open source projects into the MeeGo Linux-based software platform, James highlighted the broad endorsement of MeeGo across the industry. MeeGo is hosted by the Linux Foundation as a fully open source project and is available to original equipment manufacturers, operating system vendors, network operators and others, targeting a wide range of devices, including next-generation smartphones, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

In addition, James announced ISVs and developers in China can now take advantage of the Intel Atom Developer Program and submit applications for distribution through the Intel AppUpSM Center beta. James also highlighted the recent expansion of the Intel AppUp center beta for both MeeGo and Microsoft Windows in the United States, Canada and 27 European countries. This growth gives Chinese application developers in the Intel Atom Developer Program the opportunity to reach consumers in one of the top markets for Intel Atom processor-based devices worldwide, as well as now complete sales transactions in USD, Euros or Pounds (GBP).

Source: Intel

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English by Slobodan Simic and Marc Büchel - German by William Zwingenberger, Marc Büchel and Marco Haldemann - French by Marine Degli Agosti - Italian by Francesco Daghini and Giulio Maschi

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