Intels Developer Forum Kicks Off

    August 23, 2005

Intel opened their developer conference and lots of news has been floating around as a result. Paul Otellini addressed the conference and talked about the Intel vision and where things will go from here.

This big discussion on Tuesday focused on Intel’s announcement of it’s shifting architecture focus, combining the desktop and note book architectures into one and moving toward power efficiency and away from raw speed or “performance by watt” and said by 2010, they would have a half-a-watt processor, down significantly from the current 5 watt processors.

“You’re going to see Intel combine its R&D innovation, manufacturing and technology leadership with energy-efficient micro-architectures and powerful multicore processors to deliver unique platforms best tailored to individual needs,” Otellini said.

“We will deliver ‘factor of 10’ breakthroughs to a variety of platforms that can reduce energy consumption tenfold or bring 10 times the performance of today’s products. At the same time, Intel innovation will continue to deliver unique digital enterprise, home, office and mobile features, such as greater manageability, security and virtualization, along with an increasing capability to manage and view digital content.”

Things heated up when AMD issued a challenge to compare dual-core processors and Intel said no. AMD issued the challenge early this morning and Intel blew it off suggesting the market place can handle the decsion.

Otellini also demonstrated the new Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest processors and went on to say that Intel had 10 processor projects that contain four (quad core) or more processor cores per chip. If Intel could show off a quad core chip this week, then they might have something to crow about.

The forum is overshadowed somewhat by the legal problems Intel is embroiled in. AMD has challenged Intel in the courtroom claiming unfair business practices and monopolistic behavior. Right now, the U.S. and European governments are looking into Intel’s behavior and Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has already found them guilty of Japanese computer makers into unfair agreements that keep AMD out of the picture.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.