Intel CEO Paul Otellini said the upcoming "Sandy Bridge" Core architecture will begin shipping in products in early 2011.
CEO Paul Otellini is continuing his push to
create a continuum of computing based on Intel Architecture, and said the
company's upcoming "Sandy Chip" processor is another step in that
In his opening keynote here at the Intel Developer Forum Sept.
13, Otellini talked about the transformation of his company from one that
builds chips for PCs and servers into one that creates the platform upon what
other tech vendors cans build their products.
"We're becoming a solutions provider," he told the
thousands of attendees. "We want to deliver full solution stacks."
Intel's transformation comes as the nature of computing
continues to evolve, Otellini said. He spoke about a world in which the number
of Internet-connected devices will grow from about 5 billion now to 31 billion
by 2020, and about the increasing demand from users to more easily move from
one connected device to another.
"People will want to move seamlessly between devices,"
And he wants each device they move to be based on the Intel
Architecture. Thus, the continuum.
The CEO also touched on the
intelligence that is being put into an expanding number of appliances,
televisions and cars, and the need to create high-performing and energy-efficient
computing systems for these situations.
Recent high-profile acquisitions announced by Intel-including Wind
River last year, and Infineon
Technologies' wireless business
software maker McAfee
this year-are examples of Intel's push to become a
now called 2nd
Generation Intel Core Processor, also is a step in
that direction. The 32-nanometer chip, which will begin shipping in products in
early 2011, integrates a range of features that normally occupy their own
spaces, including computing, graphics, management and power.
"Basically, we are very much putting together all that is
required on a single piece of silicon," said David "Dadi"
Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel
The result of Sandy Bridge, which has about 1 billion
transistors, is as much as a five times faster throughput than current chips,
and 25 times faster graphics than in 2007. In addition, Otellini and Perlmutter
noted that Intel's Turbo Boost technology-which currently allows users to
increase the power in individual cores depending on workload demand-with Sandy
Bridge will now increase core power
beyond previous thermal limits, and will apply to the graphics cores as well.
Intel also is adding greater security into the chip
architecture, and it showed off its capabilities in a number of on-stage
Analysts with TBR (Technology Business Research) said the Sandy
Bridge demonstrations were
interesting, but it's the overall implications of what Intel is looking to do
as it expands its reach that is catching their attention. Intel is in the
process of creating a hardware platform upon which others can develop software
and services, said TBR analyst Greg Richardson. The software and services are
where these Intel partners will differentiate themselves, Richardson
"Hardware is no longer a real differentiator," he
said after the keynote address.
That could be a boon for vendors like Dell and Hewlett-Packard,
which are looking to become solutions providers themselves, said TBR analyst
John Spooner. Having Intel create the hardware platform underneath will make it
easier for Dell and HP to make that move, Spooner said.
During his keynote, Otellini said that the recent acquisitions
will help Intel expand its reach. The Wind River
acquisition is helping Intel grow its software and services capabilities, he
said. McAfee will be key to helping Intel expand the security within its
Buying Texas Instruments' cable modem business gives Intel
greater entr??Â«e into the TV space, and Infineon's wireless business will make
Intel more competitive in the mobile space. Not only is Infineon's technologies
used by the likes of Apple, Nokia and Samsung, but it also gives Intel more
wireless capabilities, from 3G to another 4G technology-LTE (Long-Term
Evolution)-to complement its investment in rival 4G technology WiMax. In a
question-and-answer period after the keynote, Otellini said buying Infineon's
LTE technology did not mean that Intel was giving up on WiMax.
"We have to be agnostic on radios," he said, adding
that Intel needs to be able to deliver whatever customers and partners need.
WiMax is expected to be serving about 800 million people by the
end of 2010, and is ahead of LTE. However, most analysts expect LTE to
outdistance WiMax. 3G will be serving about 1 million people by the end of the
year, Otellini said.
Intel executives want to become a larger player in the highly
competitive smartphone space that currently is dominated by ARM-designed
processors. ARM officials upped the ante
Sept. 9 when they announced their new
, which will begin showing up in products in 2012.
Otellini didn't say much about Intel's plans for McAfee, since
the $7.68 billion deal has not yet closed. However, he noted that as with other
aspects of Intel's hardware and software plans, work will start with PCs and
servers, but quickly move to other areas, such as handhelds and embedded