Intel Outlines Future Chip Platforms

Opening up the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco, company CEO Paul Otellini said the industry is on a “performance per watt” course that promises to bring smaller and more energy-efficient Intel-based computers over the next several years.

This change is leading Intel to combine its Intel NetBurst architecture found in the Pentium 4 with its mobile Pentium M processor, and begin to focus on energy efficiency over clock speed. The new chip architecture is expected to make it to the market in the second half of 2006. “You’re going to see Intel combine its R&D innovation, manufacturing and technology leadership with energy-efficient micro-architectures and powerful multi-core processors to deliver unique platforms best tailored to individual needs,” Otellini told attendees.

Otellini also offered a preview of three new chips for notebook, desktop and server applications code-named Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest respectively, which will begin to appear later this year. The chips are based on the company’s new 65-nanometer manufacturing process.

All of Intel’s new processors are dual-core, and according to the company, at least 10 other projects are ongoing that contain four or more cores per chip.

Also in his keynote Otellini played up the benefits of WiMAX technology, which he said would play a big part in bringing broadband access to rural locations. Intel on Thursday announced its commitment to the technology through a pilot program in 13 cities called “Digital Communities.”

The company will also work with the digital entertainment industry to move towards devices that will allow consumers to access Internet content anywhere in the home.


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