IT Infrastructure: Intel Xeon, Atom-Powered Devices Are Highlights of 2012 IDF Conference

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-09-13 Print this article Print
Touching on the Future

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 devices—powered by new 22-nm Xeon chips—are aimed at graphic artists but also can be used in a number of ways, even for children's educational apps.
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 smartphones—from 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)
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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