By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-09-18 Print this article Print

However, the changes between the architectural generations will be less radical than previous shifts Intel has made and more technology will be reused. Just as Intels Core Microarchitecture supplanted its NetBurst architecture to provides the circuitry that underpins Intel Xeon 5100 and Core 2 Duo processors, the new architectures will yield future desktop, notebook and server chips.
Otellini may add more details about the architectures, however.
Intels chief executive is also likely to use his time to touch on new products, including the chip makers Core 2 Duo processor, its mobility, digital home and emerging market strategies as well as its Intels forthcoming quad-core processors for desktops and servers. The two chips, Kentsfield and Clovertown, designed for desktops and servers, respectively, are both due in the fourth quarter. Kentsfield is expected to arrive as a Core Extreme processor for high-end desktops in early November. The chip will work with Intels 975X chip set—although some companies are likely to make it work also with Intels P965—and is likely to be used in gaming desktops or machines, including corporate workstations, designed for editing videos, movies or other content. Click here to read more about how Intel is expecting quads. Otellini and other Intel executives, including Pat Gelsinger, general manager of Intels Digital Enterprise Group, David Perlmutter, general manager of Intels Mobility Group, and Justin Rattner, Intels chief technology officer will also keynote. Perlmutter will touch on notebook PCs, WiMax and the UMPC (ultramobile PC) during his speech. However, the executive will also touch on new initiatives such as the development of its LPIA (Low Power Intel Architecture) or electrically miserly processors for devices such as UMPCs. Intel pledged to design the LPIA line to use a watt or less of power in August 2005. Now it has created a new low-power processor business group, headed by Anand Chandrasekher, within the Mobility Group. Rattner, meanwhile, will touch on datacenter designs, while Gelsinger delves into product plans for desktops and servers. The executives, as well as a range of technical discussions throughout the three-day event, will also touch on topics such as Intels flash memory business, its technology add-ons—things such as Virtualization Technology which it builds into its chips or chip sets—its LaGrande security technology, and possibly the its involvement in setting standards for measuring power consumption of servers. At the forum, Intel will also discuss datacenter interconnects, high performance computing and server platforms as well as the work of Intel researchers in areas such as Tera-Scale computing. The Tera-Scale project is focusing on ways to create chips that could include tens or even hundreds of processor cores. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.

John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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