Otellini Keynote, Live from IDF
Paul Otellini looked back on 40 years of innovation at Intel, outlined the company’s three main capabilities (silicon technology, Intel architecture, and market creation), and gave his vision for the future. “Today’s innovations are the basis of future technology,” Otellini said.
Intel has brought out new technology every two years for the last 14 years, putting Intel co-founder Gordon Moore’s “Moore’s Law” into practice. From 45 nanometer technology, Intel has its sights set on 32 nanometer microprocessors for 2009.
Otellini also talked about platforms — the unique combination of microprocessors and chipsets, “tailored for the task at hand.” In the immediate future is Penryn, 45 nanometer dual-core products, the first of which are launching on November 12. Next year, Intel plans to launch Nehalem, a scaleable, multi-core system — 8 cores, each with 2 threads. (Specifics on the launch aren’t available yet — Dean Takahashi reports from IDF that it’ll be released “as soon as it’s ready.”
While discussing the multi-core Larrabee effort, Otellini may have revealed a little more than he intended by indicating it amounted to a move into discrete graphics (he later clarified, according to The Register’s Ashlee Vance: “I said that among the applications for Larrabee one of them is high-end graphics.” Other sources provide a play-by-play of the proceedings.
In addition to adding more cores, Intel is also improving the performance of individual cores, and of power efficiency.
What does the future hold for Intel? The long list of efforts includes pushes in extreme mobility, including ultra-mobile devices with integrated WiMax/Wifi; entertainment — with talk about extreme performance, graphics capability energy efficiency for extreme gaming; problem-solving geared for Enterprise innovations; performance and energy efficiency initiatives including the Climate Savers Initiative & compliance with EPA Energy Star rating program; and creating and reaching new markets, with initiatives to get the 3rd million people connected, through programs like “Intel Teach.”