Intel unveils roadmap to reduce cost of business transformation

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Intel unveils roadmap to reduce cost of business transformation

Cliff Saran

Chip maker introduces its first wireless broadband processor and sets out its service-oriented enterprise strategy at last week's conference in the US

Intel unveiled a development roadmap which it claimed would reshape corporate IT at its developer forum conference in San Francisco last week.

It proposed an IT architecture blueprint it believes will minimise the cost of business transformation to user organisations.

The blueprint, dubbed the service-oriented enterprise (SOE) initiative, is designed to offer IT directors a modular approach to enterprise IT. Intel said SOE combines mobility, grid computing and management technologies into a framework to assist IT managers transform the business.

The blueprint also aims to provide IT directors with a framework for supporting emerging technologies such as radio frequency identification and voice over IP telephony.

The technology drivers behind SOE include virtualisation, modularisation, power management and system management.

Intel's goal is to enhance the IT function's responsiveness to business needs and provide easier management of diverse systems as companies grapple with growing mountains of data.

Deborah Conrad, vice-president of Intel's solutions market development group, said, "The convergence of computing and communications technologies enables businesses to deliver more value to customers by making it easier to access information and improve response time."

Intel's enterprise platform roadmap       

The first two Intel Xeon MP processors based on the 90nm process, codenamed Cranford and Potomac, are expected in the first half of 2005. 

The products will include Intel's Extended Memory 64 technology and demand-based switching with enhanced Speedstep technology.

They will be supported by a new four-way chipset, codenamed Twin Castle, that supports PCI Express and DDR2 memory. 

Multi-core technology is expected to arrive in high-end systems with a dual-core Intel Xeon MP processor, codenamed Tulsa, and an Itanium 2 processor codenamed Montecito. 

A new version of the Itanium 2 dual-core processor, codenamed Montvale, will be the first Itanium processor based on the 65nm process technology and is planned after Montecito. 

Intel is also planning to develop a multi-core Intel Xeon processor MP, codenamed Whitefield, and a multi-core Itanium 2 processor, codenamed Tukwila. 

Intel said Irwindale will be the codename for a follow-on processor to the recently introduced Intel Xeon 3.6GHz processor.  

Intel is also developing server virtualisation technology to support partitioning, along with improved security and reliability.

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