In his Intel Developer Forum keynote, company President Paul Otellini outlined products Intel is working on that will speed up the convergence of communications and computing.
SAN JOSE, Calif.The convergence of communications
and computing, which Intel Corp. talked about when
launching its Centrino mobile platform earlier this
year, is becoming more pervasive and will be fueled by
a number of products the chip maker will roll out over
the next few years, according to Intels president and
chief operating officer.
"Convergence is becoming mainstream," Paul Otellini
told several thousand people during the opening
keynote at the fall Intel Developer Forum 2003 here on Tuesday. "The technology is bringing all types of changes."
The use of wireless technology is growing, Intels
chips for servers and PCs will continue to add
features designed to enable users to do more with
their devices, and new marketsin particular Asia and
Eastern Europeare emerging that will force vendors
to not only increase the capabilities of their
products but also find ways to drive down the costs,
He outlined the myriad products Intel is developing
that will dovetail with those scenarios. For example,
Intel has put its Hyper-Threading technologywhich
enables a single processor to work as two virtual
chipsacross its Pentium 4 and Xeon lines of 32-bit
chips, Otellini said. "Convergence by its very nature
is a multitasking, multithreaded environment," he
said. "As a developer, youve got to assume that
threading is pervasive."
He also pointed to Centrino, which is designed to give
mobile device users longer battery life and seamless
wireless access. Wireless access points continue to
growfrom 10 million this year to 20 million next
yearas do Wi-Fi hot spots, from 50,000 by the end of
this year to 80,000 in 2004, he said.
Intel will grow its wireless capabilities as well, Otellini
said. Centrino currently offers 802.11b connectivity,
and that will grow to a/b by the end of the quarter,
he said. That will be followed by 802.11g by the end
of the year, and a/b/g in the first half of next year.
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