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Intel prepares for future of computing

Intel will discuss increasing mobility, the digital home, and the "tera era" of large data sets and complex applications at its Spring Intel Developer Forum (IDF) which takes place next week in San Francisco.

The IDF will focus on not only the technological achievements of its research and development labs but on ways to integrate those technologies into IT projects that make sense in the real world.

Intel will also host the inaugural Solutions Conference, which targets at IT managers and software developers.

Speakers at the Solutions Conference will talk about Intel's focus on bringing technology to specific vertical industries such as health care or manufacturing, as well as Intel's own strategies for deploying technology across the company, said John Davies, vice-president in Intel's sales and marketing group and director of the solutions market development group.

Intel chief executive officer Craig Barrett will kick off the show discussing why he believes Intel has emerged from the recession as a stronger company and will also show some of the products and technologies that will maintain that strength into the future.

Louis Burns, vice-president and general manager of the Desktop Platforms Group, will detail Intel's digital home strategy.

Intel will also talk about the future of Intel's Xeon and Itanium processor lines and the next generation of desktop processors and chipsets that will boost performance on today's software as well as future programs.

Sources have said that Intel will demonstrate its long-awaited x86 extensions technology and a processor with 64-bit extensions to the 32-bit x86 instruction.

The company will announce an enhanced Intel Xeon processor for dual-processor servers and workstations during the show.

Dual-processor servers and workstations have been the primary vehicle for Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor with x86 extensions technology that has been adopted by major server suppliers such as IBM and Sun Microsystems.

Anand Chandrasekher, vice-president and general manager of the mobile platforms group will review the progress of the past year and the future of the Centrino package in different types of clients besides notebooks.

Sean Maloney, executive vice-president and general manager of the new Intel Communications Group, will talk about "the broadband wireless wave" and make an announcement about Intel's next generation flash memory technology.

Senior vice-president and chief technology officer Patrick Gelsinger will end the conference focusing on the "tera era", the emergence of applications and data sets that require terabytes of memory or terabits per second of bandwidth.

New architectures and enhancements to existing hardware will be needed to make that era possible, Gelsinger said.

These architectures will also create new applications in areas such as visual recognition or graphics virtualisation that are not possible with today's technology.

Most of those applications will not be ready until the end of the decade, but some might emerge sooner.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service


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