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IDF Spring 04: Day 3: Keynote

by David Ross on 19 February 2004, 00:00

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So, commuicate.....

Today is the last day of IDF and the final keynote kicked off with Sean Maloney with his views on the ‘Communication’ field. Intel have noticed that the market is very much dominated by Wireless and Broadband communication and his speech focused on the wireless application.

People over invested in telecoms and communication and the market segment got very cold feet in regards to the new technology. This however has picked up and driven WiFi in to a spiral which means new technology and new uses are driven.

More and more application use for High Definition content delivering is very quick to allow consumers to pull the content as they want it rather than it being pushed at them on the companies’ agenda.

It is always good to role out fibre to people’s homes; however the cost of this is huge and the industry can not afford this – and copper has now hit the limit; so this chasm who can not have fibre, or a high speed cable will need to have it delivered via WiFi

The first need is for the client to be improved, the San Mateo PD has a MESH network which is a seamless network and the downtown area is fully covered. The police can lookup and validate information instantly. .On the security front they have the VPN, WEP, and Firewalls to make the area more secure. The computers are not doing anything new and the information isn’t new – the application and use is new however.

McDonalds have role out a PDA based solution in Hong Kong to remove the time out of the cycle, you order as you walk to the counter, and it is ready when you hit the counter.

Since there is a camera on mobile devices this means in theory it is a scanner – the camera on the product pointed at an advertisement means that the information can be looked up by the watermark solution. This technology is nothing new; however it has been used differently

The memory subsystems on current products are slow – this needs to be looked at, either shrinking the technology. This reduction to 90nm with increased capacity. Cost benefit, and density benefits are huge. Today Intel have released the worlds first NOR. This will increase boot times and the like.

6 months ago Intel released the first generation communication technology – partners have started to release these products. Intel is due to release a second generation in Q1 05.

Intel have a low power 3D accelerator for mobile communications – Carbonara, it has ability to do 3M polygons/second. The communication barrier of the WiFi front for mobile phones is limited due to the real estate and power they need to move in to this to enable mobile phones to have WiFi communication. The aims are the low power, high throughput.

This is only so good, you need to have the infrastructure in place at the other end of the communication – this is coming in the modular, standard based networks. Intel has a 90nm solution rocking and rolling with a 10GB solution for switching solutions – 1 mixed signal solution. This runs on a multiport Gigabit 10 gigabit uplinks

The second generation 10GBit server adapter, this is the catalyst for the 10gb in to the dara centre. The cost setting is low, running on the PCIX solution. This runs on an optical solution.

Intel are also showing 4BPs solutions – doubles speed of fibre channel without cost problems these units are fully compatible with the 1G and 2G current solutions.

Intel feels that the next generation infrastructure [WiMax] Japan and South Korea are the only 2 countries in the world which have 50% WiFi deployment in homes. The main problem on the WiFi solutions – there was no IEEE standard; therefore people did not know what they could do. This has changed now with the 801.16RevD solutions.