Intel points way to convergence

Intel chief executive Craig Barrett outlined his company's road-map for the delivery of technology merging computing and...

Intel chief executive Craig Barrett outlined his company's road-map for the delivery of technology merging computing and communications at last week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The convergence, he said, would show the ongoing validity of Moore's Law. "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," said Barrett.

Moore's Law was advanced by Gordon Moore in 1965 and identified the ability to double the number of transistors in the same silicon area every year. He later broadened this to 18 months.

Intel is now trying to keep the law alive by offering technology such as multi-core processors and other platform innovations, said Barrett, 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 our job now is to work with the extended eco-system of developers, software designers, systems engineers, service providers and others to innovate at the platform level.

"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."

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 app-lications, such as web commerce, messaging, storage and server clustering.

Delegates at the conference also heard of Intel's plans to produce chips for the forthcoming Wimax fixed wireless broadband technology.

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