Intel Developer Forum 2008

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The Intel Developer Forum runs Aug. 19-21, 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (press kit and blog). Intel is using its annual developer forum in San Francisco as a launching pad for its 45nm Nehalem processors, notes EE Times. The company’s first desktop chips, branded Intel Core i7 processors, and initial energy-efficient, high-performance server products (codenamed “Nehalem-EP”) will be first to production.

Intel speakers included Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who took the U.S. federal government to task over what he felt was its failure to invest in education and research and development. “Nations are only as strong as their education systems,” he said during his keynote.

“The answer is not throwing money at the problem, the answer is throwing good, qualified people at the problem.” Barrett welcomed Brian McCarthy, a teenager from Hillsboro, Ore. and finalist in Intel’s 2008 Science Talent Search, to the stage to talk about his project.

Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s digital enterprise group, said Intel has won more than 700 designs for its low-power Atom chip since its debut less than two quarters ago. MIDs based on the single core Atom processor are slated to hit the market soon. Intel plans to bring its first dual-core Atom to market next month.

Intel unveiled the next generation of its Atom embedded processor, a dual core offering with features from Intel’s Core 2 line. Atom debuted this past April and was based on the Pentium M architecture. The new Atom processor is based on Core 2 technology. Those with the N, like the N230, are used in netbooks, while those without are used in nettops and embedded systems. The new Atom 330 is a 45nm design with a 533MHz bus and support for up to 2GB of memory. It’s due in September.

Among the products that will use the Intel Atom chips is OpenPeak’s new IP media phone, which serves as a digital picture frame as well as a touch-screen Internet telephone. A follow-up chip, Menlow, will be coming to the market in the first quarter of 2009.

Moorestown, due in 2009 or 2010, is targeted for the smartphone market. It will integrate components like the memory controller and graphics. Like Atom, it will run all the popular software on PCs today.

Gelsinger was followed by David “Dadi” Perlmutter, general manager of the company’s mobility group. Perlmutter unveiled Intel’s first-ever mobile-focused quad-core laptop workstation – the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor. While the products include four cores, they only use 45 watts of power. Toshiba laptops supporting Intel quad-core processors and WiMAX are currently under development, with a target availability of Q4 2008.

Intel is promising that the WiMax chips will be embedded in notebooks by the end of the year with WiMax embedded notebooks from Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and others in 2009.

Jim Held, Intel Fellow and director of tera-scale computing research, noted that there are over 2,000 virtual worlds today, and many are merging with popular social networks. Augmented reality–combining real-world information with data overlays–is also evolving, he added, with mobile augmented reality becoming more “compelling”.

Intel will finally enter the high-capacity solid-state drive business with the goal of replacing hard-disk drives in both consumer and corporate markets.

CEO Paul Otellini is on vacation, while Sean Maloney, chief of sales and marketing is in Beijing for the Olympics.

C/Net has complete coverage while EE Times has an overview of this week’s program.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 1:51 pm .

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