Rich Internet Experience
The MID products are meant to give users a full and rich Internet experience in a small form factor. The low-cost PCs, which Intel is calling "netbooks" and "nettops," are meant to give users Internet access but have a minimal amount of software in order to get PCs within the $200 to $300 price range. On the consumer side, Intel is moving ahead with a processor called Canmore, which is based on the Silverthorne core and is designed for devices such as set-top boxes for televisions.The first of these new embedded platforms are scheduled for release by the third quarter of 2008. While Intel used to take older processor models that had run their course and revamped those for the embedded market, it now wants to add more of its cutting-edge processors into the portfolio faster. "We are not talking about repurposing old silicon, but designing new silicon for each of these different areas," Otellini said. For its more traditional enterprise business, Intel executives told the audience that they are continuing to expand the company's 45-nanometer portfolio. The company now has shipped 4 million of these processors, and it will have a total of 72 different models on the market by year's end. In addition, Intel plans to ship a six-core processor called Dunnington, which will is designed for multisocket systems, later this year. Finally, Otellini told analysts that Intel remains on schedule to deliver its new microarchitecture called Nehalem later this year. The new architecture will support between one and eight processing cores, each supporting two instructional threads, and will offer an integrated memory controller. These processors should help Intel in the high-performance computing market and also bring it closer to combining the CPU and GPU (graphics processor unit) on the same piece of silicon.
The embedded market, which can include a wide range of products, from cell phones to cameras, storage devices and even gasoline pumps, is also ripe for Intel processors based on the Silverthorne core, Otellini said. He added that it is now fairly inexpensive to connect these various products to the Internet, and Intel sees the embedded space as a large market with more potential.