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Intel plots new roadmaps for Ultrabook, mobile devices

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processors? cloud computing? reference design?

As Intel reaches its 100 million-unit milestone this month, the company is preparing its next-generation netbook platform, codenamed "Cedar Trail," which will be the first netbook platform to be based on Intel's 32nm technology, enabling ultra-thin, fanless designs with new capabilities, such as the Intel rapid start technology which provides fast resume; Intel smart connect technology which enables an always updated experience even during standby; and Intel wireless display and PC synch, which will allow users to wirelessly update and synchronize documents, content and media across multiple devices.

In addition, Maloney disclosed that the new platform is expected to enable more than 10 hours of battery life and weeks of standby, as well as support leading operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Google Chrome and MeeGo. He showcased more than 10 tablets running on three different operating systems that are now available based on the Intel Atom processor Z670, and which already has more than 35 design wins since their launch in April. Several convertibles, sliders and other innovative designs are on the shelves now and more are coming through the rest of the year.

Maloney also discussed "Medfield," Intel's first purpose-built 32nm platform for smartphones and tablets, which has been optimized for both low power and high performance and will deliver long use-time, rich media and gaming, and advanced imaging capabilities.

The platform, which will be in production later this year, will enable sub-9mm designs that weigh less than 0.68kgs for tablet designs in the market in the first half of 2012. It will support a range of operating systems including Android and MeeGo.

According to Maloney, the work that Intel is doing with the Intel Atom processor roadmap, coupled with the significant changes the company is making to its Intel Core processor roadmaps, will continue to enhance Intel's ability to deliver complete hardware solutions with a choice of software platforms across a full spectrum of computingfrom back-end servers that power the cloud to the billions of devices that access the cloud.

With regard to the cloud's rapid expansion, Maloney said more people and devices connecting to the Internet will lead to unprecedented growth in cloud-based services for storage, synchronization and entertainment. "Intel is poised to grow with it," Maloney said.

He added that one new Intel-based server is needed for about every additional 600 new smartphones or 122 new tablets connecting to the Internet.

Reiterating Intel's "Cloud 2015" vision, Maloney said the company foresees a world of interoperable "federated" clouds that allow enterprises to share data securely across public and private clouds; "automated" networks that allow the movement of workloads between servers in the data center for better utilization and energy efficiency; and "device-aware" clouds that know the different types of applications, commands and processing.

In closing, Maloney said the Taiwan IT industry will be instrumental in realizing Intel's vision as he stressed the critical role played by the Taiwan IT industry in the next transformation of computing, even calling for collective innovations that will lead the industry into the next era as computing takes many new forms and becomes ever more pervasive and affordable.

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