While most of the 2008 Intel Developer Forum focuses on Intel processors that will use the upcoming Nehalem microarchitecture, part of the forum also is looking ahead to what Intel will offer for both laptops and notebook security. Intel also introduced its first quad-core processors for laptops called the Core 2 Extreme QX9300 and the Core 2 Quad Q9100. In addition, Intel is expected to offer an anti-theft device for notebooks.
the majority of the 2008 Intel Developer Forum here has focused on Intel's
, the chip maker's top executives also took
time to emphasize Intel's focus on consumer and business notebooks.
During his keynote address Aug. 19, Dadi Perlmutter, an Intel executive vice
president and general manager of the Mobile Platform Group, detailed the
company's first quad-core processors for laptops and a new anti-theft device
and security protection for corporate notebooks.
notebooks remain the most important part of the PC market
, this year's IDF
lacked a significant announcement from Intel's notebook division. The
reason for that is the chip maker just launched its Centrino 2 mobile platforms
and most of the new disclosures and updated technologies came out
at the time of that launch.
Still, Perlmutter filled in some holes in the Intel processor lineup. The
most significant updates included the release of two quad-core processors for
laptops: the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, which has a clock speed of 2.53GHz,
12MB of Level 2 cache and a 1066MHz front-side bus; and the Q9100, with a
2.26GHz clock speed and the same amount of L2 cache and FSB found in the
QX9300. The two mobile processors are based on the 45-nanometer manufacturing
While four processing cores in a notebook could be considered overkill, Dell
have each built new mobile workstations that use these quad-core
Perlmutter also demonstrated the first notebooks to use Intel processors
based on the Nehalem architecture. The first mobile platform to use these
processors-"Calpella"-is slated for
release in 2009.
In addition to processors, Intel
unveiled its first SATA (serial ATA) solid-state drives for use in notebooks.
Perlmutter also outlined a new anti-theft technology that Intel will start
including as part of its vPro platform. "vPro" is Intel's term for
essentially a chip bundle that is designed to make managing and securing a
fleet of PCs easier for an enterprise's IT department. Intel
first brought vPro to notebooks in 2007 and updated the offering with the
release of the Centrino 2 platform in July.
first hinted at what it calls its Anti-Theft Technology, or Intel AT, in April.
This anti-theft technology offers to secure laptops through several methods,
including the ability to encrypt the notebook's hard disk drive. The technology
also allows the IT department to set up policies to protect passwords and
deliver a "poison pill" to a laptop in case of theft, turning the notebook into
what one Intel executive called a "brick." If recovered, the IT department can
then retrieve the data that had been retained on the hard drive.
While Intel has put more emphasis on notebooks than on desktops, the chip
maker still has a significant stake in desktop PCs. In Perlmutter's
presentation, one slide showed notebook shipments pushing toward 400 million
units by 2012. At the same time, desktop shipments were inching toward 200
"As a market watcher, I though that statistic was interesting to put up
there," said Michael Feibus, an analyst with TechKnowledge Strategies. "In the
Intel forecast, they have desktop shipments growing through 2012, and it shows
that there still is a nugget there for Intel even though the desktop PC market
has slowed in the U.S.
and in Western Europe. There is still enough growth in
the desktop market to carry a load for Intel."