As always I am glad to share with you some really exciting news fresh from the Intel Developer Forum that has just started in San Francisco, California. 10 years in a row Intel has been putting together a great show and an exciting technology event for us, so I think we can all congratulate Intel on the 10th anniversary of this initiative and wish them to keep up the good work.
The Keynote today started with an opening speech by Justin Rattner, Intel Chief Technology Officer. He highlighted the key challenges that emerged because of the rapid technology development and the tremendous competitive pressure that Intel has been going through lately. However, all these hardships haven’t taken away the excitement and desire to imagine and create new technology.
So, what has Intel been imagining and creating these days? Let me try to give you a preview of the broad landscape of technology that will be stepping forward over the next few months.
Energy. This is something we are dealing with all the time. And this is something that is of critical concern not only in our everyday lives, but also in every platform that emerges in the market. Energy is of crucial importance for all sorts of platforms, from handhelds to servers. Each type of platform out there has a power envelope existing within a given power budget that needs to be understood and managed.
This is where we think of a major fundamental tradeoff we have to put up with: you have to sacrifice performance for the sake of power saving, or vice versa. The question we ask ourselves is absolutely natural: is there a way out of the dilemma between power and performance?
In fact, the tendency we see here is quite alarming: every increase in performance is simply impossible without the increase in energy and power consumption. So, some work has to be down to break through this power wall. And the solution was found: Pentium M core design.
With the new core design we can now build processors that could require low power and at the same time offer pretty high performance. And Intel didn’t stop at the Pentium M design. They continued to develop the technology and introduced dual-core, a next level of technology development, that brought the revolution to the industry. This is how Core Due came into this world.