Otellini cites silicon: engine of convergence
INTEL’S OTELLINI CITES SILICON AS THE ENGINE OF CONVERGENCE
Showcases Technologies and Products that Integrate Computing and Communications
AUCKLAND, Silicon will be the driving engine that will bring new capabilities to the computing and communications industries, predicted Intel President Paul Otellini at the opening day gathering of the Intel Developer Forum (San Jose, California), Fall 2002.
“While the computing and communications industries are going through their largest correction in history, investments in emerging technologies, exciting products and more robust infrastructure continue,” noted Otellini, who said that collectively, the industry is now poised to deliver new products and services that provide real innovation and customer benefit.
“We are on the cusp of creating exciting new technologies that allow all computers to communicate and all communication devices to compute. This will be fueled by silicon advances that enable new levels of integration,” Otellini said. “Intel’s advanced 90-nanometer silicon technology will bring logic and communications capabilities together on the company’s manufacturing lines for the first time ever. Silicon is the convergence engine that powers a new era of computing.”
Otellini explained that today, powerful personal computers and servers join with high performance networks, mixing gigabit Ethernet LANs, fiber optic transport systems and modular communications infrastructures to connect the world together. Communications gear such as handheld devices, cell phones, network processors and emerging devices now provide tremendous computational abilities. He explained that Intel’s role would be to expedite this convergence by delivering silicon-based platforms and common development environments. Technologies and Products To illustrate the trend toward convergence, Otellini demonstrated key technologies and products that Intel is developing such as Intel’s new Banias platform, which comes to the marketplace in the first half of next year. Banias represents Intel’s first microprocessor and platform designed from the ground up for mobile customers. Banias addresses all aspects of mobility, enabling great power utilisation, high performance, small form factors and wireless connectivity.
In addition, Otellini demonstrated an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor operating at 3 gigahertz (GHz), telling the audience it would be available this year with Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology (HT). HT Technology was previously only available for enterprise-based servers. HT Technology allows a multithreaded software program to run as though it has two processors at its disposal, though only one processor is physically in place. HT Technology can deliver up to 25 percent more performance for many mainstream consumer and business applications with no additional cost.
Otellini also outlined LaGrande Technology (LT), which will be integrated into Intel processors in the future. LT technology will be the core hardware technology that helps create a safer computing environment for e-Business, enabling protected execution, memory and storage. Such hardware-based strengthening is critical for more secure computing environments.
While architectural enhancements are important, Intel intends to continue its lead in raw speed. Otellini demonstrated a new high-frequency mark for processors, running a Pentium 4 processor at 4.5 GHz.
Intel’s enterprise efforts were also highlighted as Otellini showed ten tons of Intel® Itanium® 2-based servers on stage, which Otellini referred to as a high tech version of “heavy metal.” He demonstrated how a partitioned (Unisys ES7000*) Itanium 2-based server could be upgraded while in operation – the industry refers to this operation as a “hot swap.” Using the Itanium 2-based, 16-way server, Otellini pulled out a 4-processor Itanium 2 node and instantly upgraded it to a 4-way Madison node, showing an instantaneous performance boost. Madison, the third generation of the Intel Itanium Processor Family and is scheduled to come to the marketplace next year. To support software developers, Otellini announced the Intel Software College, a variety of classroom and online courses for developer training in areas such as Intel’s four architectures, platform technologies and software development tools for several operating systems.
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