Intel outlines plan for convergence

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Intel outlines plan for convergence

Antony Savvas

Intel chief executive officer Craig Barrett has outlined the company’s convergence roadmap to deliver technology merging computing and communications, at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

"We have used Moore's Law to drive the convergence of computing and communications," Barrett told attendees.
 "Intel's commitment to Moore's Law now allows us to create integrated platforms that deliver a broad range of capabilities for individuals and organisations that use technology."

Moore’s law was proffered by Intel’s Gordon Moore 40 years ago and identified the ability to double the number of transistors in the same silicon area every two years. Intel is now trying to keep the law alive by offering technology like multi-core processors and other platform innovations, said Barrett, in order to squeeze greater performance from the processor.

Developers would play a key role in making sure that multi-core solutions kept Moore's Law going. Barrett said, "We will continue to innovate at the transistor and individual chip level, but now our job is to work with the extended eco-system of developers, software designers, systems engineers, service providers and others to innovate at the platform level.”

He said, “Multi-core technology represents a tremendous opportunity for the developer community. It provides the foundation for almost limitless innovation and creativity in addressing the changing ways people want to use computing and communications devices."

Intel is also gearing itself up to manufacture an increased number of components to cut the price of producing these new platforms, which will follow in the footsteps of processors like Intel’s Centrino mobile wireless for laptops.

Going forward, Intel is developing Intel Hyper-Threading, LaGrande security features, and virtualisation abilities to allow users to run different operating systems on the same hardware platform.

Barrett also highlighted new Intel I/O (input/output) acceleration technology, designed to improve communication between networked servers and applications for handling the overwhelming demands of applications, such as Web commerce, messaging, storage and server clustering.

Intel is to announce plans to produce chips for the forthcoming WiMAX fixed wireless broadband technology.


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