New Intel technologies for the next few years


At the IDF (Intel Developer Forum) the company has begun to present its projects that will be a reality in the coming years. Focusing on technologies that improve the security and reliability of media processing his three bets are LaGrande, Vanderpool and Hyper-Threading.

Intel’s LaGrande technology is designed to be a security enhancement for Intel processors, chipsets, and platforms. Combined with software optimized for it, they would protect against software-based attacks. According to Intel, the addition of hardware-based security has to become a top priority for the industry, however the privacy rights of users must also be kept in mind. The commitment is to achieve both goals in the next two to three years.

Another technology that Intel plans to incorporate is the one with the code name “Vanderpool”. It will be designed to allow multiple software environments on a single computer, working in a similar way to mainframe-type systems. By doing this, they aim to improve end-user practice, increasing the reliability and flexibility of the system and accelerating the ability to recover after failures.

Similar enhancements are also being developed for the digital media process. Increasing performance and reducing cost should become increasingly important in the home environment.

Technologies such as Hyper-Threading will be geared towards higher performance for enhanced wireless technologies and to enable increasingly mobile computing.

Advances in silicon will also allow the creation of smaller and smaller devices. By 2011, it is planned to build semiconductors with 22 nm wide circuitry, with transistors smaller than a DNA molecule.

Intel’s leading IT products feature the introduction of dual-core Xeon MP processors (codenamed Tulsa) and multi-core Itanium processors (codename Tanglewood), among other technologies.

At the level of the digital home, increasingly important in companies’ business plans, Intel is committed to new products that bring consumers closer to content anywhere and at any time. All of this entails consumer electronics that bring music and movies home with greater comfort.

At the IDF, the multiple products that Intel has reserved for these purposes were presented, both those that are already available on the market and those that will be soon.

Consumer products were demonstrated such as a high definition video player running on a 3.20 GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology1, with an additional 2 Megabyte cache memory. This new processor will undoubtedly be aimed at high-end gamers and users of computing power.

Along with Gateway, Intel will soon release the LCD Center, an all-in-one entertainment device. Based on a Pentium processor with Hyper-Threading2 technology, it will allow the simultaneous execution of multiple programs.

The Intel 815 Set Top Box Reference will offer a platform for decoding software and viewing video over a broadband connection. It will allow a solution to the growing IP-video market and to the additional options of the tailored providers. This design can also be used for network digital media applications and personal video recorders.

The rest of the products and technologies presented are intended to help make digital home products easy and fun to use. The first public demonstration of PCI Express x16 graphics, the next generation I / O standard, was held. This one will be available in 2004.

The Balanced Technology Extended (BTX) size specification, codenamed “Big Water”, has also been announced. This should happen to the ATX family of motherboard sizes. BTX will allow a better balance in thermal management, dimension and shape of the system.

Finally, it is also worth highlighting from this year’s IDF the technologies prepared to simplify domestic networks such as wireless access points and router functionalities embedded in the PC to minimize external equipment; virtually instant on and off technologies; and DTCP (Digital Transmission Content Protection) over IP, a content management technology co-developed by Intel, Hitachi, Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic for the future of digital entertainment over the Internet.

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