Extreme Problem Solving
One of Intel’s advantages is their ability to provide wide arrays of technologies in parallel. Two weeks ago they introduced the dual-core Xeon. 45nm versions of this processor are going to start shipping in next couple of months.
Also the collaboration between Intel and other partners takes place not only in the technology field, but also in energy efficiency field, which is good for the enterprise and friendly for the environment. They have recently launched their Climate Savers initiative that is driving energy saving not only in servers but also in PCs around the world.
According to the recent research, 1.5% of national electricity use is utilized by data centers, and Intel and partners expect it to double by 2011 because the demand for datacenter services continues to grow. They tried to figure out a way to show how you can use today’s standard technology to make rack servers a lot more efficient from the power consumption prospective. They came out with a basic set of components for the system. For example, they suggested running DC throughout the rack itself, they tweaked memory to eliminate energy drain, etc. As a result, there is no sacrifice in performance and it doesn’t cost any more that the off the shelf equipment. It has 18% efficiency improvement.
The industry finally hit the billion connected computers on the internet. So how do we connect the next billion of people after that? And then how do we connect the third billion? Intel is committed to this. They have currently three programs effective in this area.
The first one is government assisted PC progress. They work with governments, their internet service providers and local PC manufacturers and so far they created 170 bundles. This program is active in 60 countries around the world it will bring 10 million people into Internet this year.
The next program is Intel’s teaching program. It already trained 4 million teachers around the world, so that they could bring technology integrated seamlessly into the classroom for the learning progress. By 2010 they expect to have 10 million teachers trained.
The final initiative is the new category of laptops in cost effective fashion that is obviously demanded for the success of the above mentioned programs. Intel built the classmate PC, which is in OEM production by partners nowadays. It is made for kids, with teacher control software integrated. Intel also joined “one laptop per child” foundation. Besides, the industry is responding to this initiative with their own solutions, such as ASUS EPC: sub-$200 fully functional notebook setting new price points for dedicated machines.
Intel has obviously matured. But they can only capitalize by introducing new products, as growth only counts on new products. Paul Otellini shared his excitement about the new opportunities with us today leaving a stable impression that much of what they do is really good. But he admitted that it doesn’t come for free. It requires persistence, innovation, collaboration, vision. So, good luck, Intel!