This year IDF Fall is taking place in San Francisco. And although it is September and the summer is supposed to be over, the weather doesn’t look like fall weather at all. Bright sunshine and heat alongside with the beautiful ocean view you get from downtown Frisco are very attractive, but the Intel Developer Forum we have all been waiting impatiently for also promises a few hot announcements and bright demonstrations.
Anyway, the IDF has just started a few hours ago, and as always there is already some cool stuff to share.
In the opening keynote the major focus was made on three things: WiMAX and new wireless standards, the evolution of the digital home initiative and dual-core processor designs. Let’s dwell on each of the three major topics to see what new things have been introduced here since then.
WiMAX and IEEE802.16
As you may have already learned from our previous reports on the wireless initiatives WiMAX (the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access Forum) is a non-profit corporation formed by equipment and component suppliers, including Intel Corporation, to promote the adoption of IEEE 802.16 compliant equipment by operators of broadband wireless access systems. The organization is working to facilitate the deployment of broadband wireless networks based on the IEEE 802.16 standard by helping to ensure the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless access equipment.
To help accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband access Intel Corporation is taking a leading role in industry enabling programs and working to build the environment for successful use of IEEE 802.16. The cost and complexity associated with traditional wired cable and telephone infrastructure have resulted in significant broadband coverage gaps in the U.S. and other countries.
High-speed wireless broadband technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard for metropolitan area network promises to open new, economically viable market opportunities for operators, wireless Internet service providers, and equipment manufacturers.
Today at the morning keynote Paul Otellini, President and Chief Operating Officer of Intel Corp. demonstrated the first WiMAX chip for 802.16-2004 wireless standard. The demonstration was so quick that I barely managed to take a picture of the PCB with a chip supporting this standard on it :) However, now that we saw the physical silicon we have every right to state that the actual implementation of the standard is not that far away already.