IT Infrastructure: Intel Xeon, Atom-Powered Devices Are Highlights of 2012 IDF Conference
When researching a story, journalists like to come across the terms "first," "only," and "new," because the more those words are used in a news item, the more newsy the item will be. Intel at its annual international developers' forum in San Francisco had a few "firsts," "onlys" and "new" items to talk about. For example, the first Atom-powered smartphonesfrom makers such as Orange (France), Lenovo (China), Lava (India) and Megafon (Russia)were on display for developers to check out. Those qualified under all three terms. In addition, the world's largest chip maker showed new Ultrabook laptops and desktop PCs with new, more powerful and power-efficient 22-nanometer chips. A lot of emphasis was put on the ability of these new chips to power ever-more-realistic gaming, high-definition video, touch-screen and business applications to sky-high performance metrics. Here, eWEEK offers a number of different highlights of the Intel Developer Forum 2012, which was held at San Francisco's Moscone Center West. (All photos by eWEEK's Chris Preimesberger)
Touching on the Future
Intel staff demonstrated these 27-inch high-performance touch-screen desktop computers from Hewlett-Packard, which are only about 1-inch thick and relatively lightweight. These devicespowered by new 22-nm Xeon chipsare aimed at graphic artists but also can be used in a number of ways, even for children's educational apps.