Intel Developer Forum: 1-Year Intel® Atom™ Processor Anniversary Brings New Chips, Demonstration of Next-Generation Device



Wednesday April 08, 2009



Intel Developer Forum: 1-Year Intel® Atom™ Processor Anniversary Brings New Chips, Demonstration of Next-Generation Device

Intel Executives Share Vision, Updates at Beijing Tech Event

LadyDragon – Celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Intel

Corporation's introduction of its wildly popular Intel® Atom™ processor

family, Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general

manager of the Ultra Mobility Group, introduced two new processors for

Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and several other milestones during his

keynote today at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.

Chandrasekher was joined by two other Intel executives, Craig Barrett

and Pat Gelsinger, whose keynotes focused on the company’s directions

for the next year and beyond. The event, held at the Renaissance Beijing

Capital Hotel, was geared toward the Chinese market in support of local

innovation and Intel’s industry leadership in the region.

Mobility Keynote

During his keynote, titled "Mobility's Next Wave of Growth,"

Chandrasekher demonstrated the first live demo of Intel's

next-generation Atom-based MID platform, codenamed "Moorestown."

Chandrasekher provided a sneak peek into the low-power innovation of the

platform by showcasing a greater than 10x idle power reduction compared

to today's Atom-based platform in a side-by-side demo. This dramatic

reduction is made possible through a combination of new power management

techniques, a new partition optimized for the MID segments and Intel's

Hi-k 45nm manufacturing process.

Due by 2010, the Moorestown platform is comprised of a System on Chip

(codenamed "Lincroft") that integrates a 45nm Intel® Atom™ processor

core, graphics, video and memory controller, and a companion

input/output (I/O) hub (codenamed "Langwell"). The platform will be

accompanied by a new Moblin software version that is optimized to enable

the rich, interactive, PC-like Internet experience along with cellular

voice capabilities.

Intel also announced two new Atom processors for MIDs: the Z550 and

Z515. The Z550 extends the performance of the MID product line to 2GHz

with Intel Hyperthreading technology support, setting a new standard for

the highest performance processor in the under-3-watt power envelope.

The Z515 incorporates the new Intel® Burst Performance Technology (Intel

BPT), which enables the processor to run at 1.2GHz when performance is

needed in existing small and sleek MID form factors.

These new Atom processors further extend customer choices to enable the

best Internet experience in pocketable MIDs. Chandrasekher also

announced several new MID designs for the China market.

Discussing Intel Centrino 2-based laptops, Chandrasekher pointed out

additional OEMs choosing to include Intel ultra low-voltage processors

to create ultra-thin laptop designs that are less than 1 inch thick.

While lighter in size and weight, these notebooks still offer great

performance and battery life consumers have come to expect.

Chandrasekher then described the next-generation processors for laptops

based on the Nehalem architecture that will be available in the second

half of this year on the "Calpella" platform. These processors will be

more powerful then their predecessors by including such technologies as

Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

Enterprise Keynote

During his keynote, titled "IA: The Intelligent Architecture

Investment," Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general

manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, discussed Intel's latest

client, server and embedded product lines, and gave developers an update

on the latest programming tools available for the Larrabee architecture.

Intel's complete Intel Architecture future product roadmap was also

revealed. Gelsinger said the "Nehalem" microarchitecture has received

worldwide acclaim with the Core® i7 processor launch in 2008 and the

recent Nehalem-based Xeon 5500 series introduction. The Xeon 5500 series

combines the world's leading processor microarchitecture with a new

memory and I/O subsystem, QuickPath Interconnects and Intelligent Power

Technology to control power consumption.

Gelsinger said Intel and the industry now look to adopting more

mainstream PC and laptop versions of the Nehalem microarchitecture,

including 32nm manufactured versions with on-processor graphics, as well

the multi-socket Nehalem EX server processor, all in production in the

second half of 2009. The future Nehalem-EX processor will provide eight

cores for the multiprocessor "intelligent server" market.

For embedded computers, Gelsinger discussed a range of recently

announced Atom processor solutions with industrial temp for applications

such as in-vehicle infotainment and industrial automation. He also

disclosed, for the first time ever, the Nehalem-EP based processor

(codenamed "Jasper Forest") that is specifically designed to deliver

increased compute density and integration required for embedded and

storage applications.

Gelsinger also addressed Larrabee, which is Intel's first many-core

architecture designed for high throughput applications and features a

programmable graphics pipeline that enables developer freedom. The Intel

executive discussed availability of a C++ Larrabee Prototype Library and

a future parallel programming solution based on "Ct" technology. The

first Larrabee discrete graphics products are due in the late 2009/2010


Vision & Leadership Keynote

During the conference's opening keynote, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett

described how technology is a tool for improving education, health care,

economic development and the environment. He challenged the developer

community to use its collective technology expertise to develop

solutions that tackle these challenges.

"Nothing beats investing in good people and good ideas," said Barrett,

whose conclusions are drawn from observations from trips to more than 30

countries a year. "Public-private collaboration is fundamental in

driving solutions that confront global challenges."

Barrett announced that Intel had selected the four winners of the

INSPIRE•EMPOWER Challenge he launched last August. The winners will each

receive $100,000 to further fund their innovative solutions that apply

technology to address unmet needs related to education, health care,

economic development and the environment.

The INSPIRE•EMPOWER Challenge winners are: Bibek Chapagain of Winrock

International in Kathmandu, Nepal; Daniel Fletcher of the University of

California, Berkeley; Eric Morrow of the Maendeleo Foundation in

Kampala, Uganda; and Michael Potts of Catholic Relief Services in

Nairobi, Kenya.

Intel Developer Forum

IDF spans the worlds of mobility, digital enterprise, digital home and

technology and research. The Beijing IDF, as announced in December, was

scaled back from a two-day event due to current economic circumstances

and business pressures the industry is facing globally. Next up on the

IDF schedule is a three-day event in San Francisco, which will be held

Sept. 22-24 at Moscone Center West. Further information is available by





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