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IDF Taipei Fall 2004 Update
By Justin Ong
Category : Events
Published by Jimmy Tang on Monday, 8th November, 2004


A Refresher...

Before we proceed with what's new in IDF 2004 Taiwan, let us refresh your memory by walking you through a summarized recap of the highlights from IDF Fall 2004 in San Francisco.


  • Internet users residing in Asia are estimated to make up one-third of the total number of Internet users in 2010. Intel is still providing education for the younger generation in computer literacy for countries that are in the Asia region.

  • The valuable contributions of Wi-Fi and Intel Centrino Mobile Technology to mobile computing have dramatically transformed notebook usage models. People are now communicating, studying and working in locations once deemed as preposterous and idealistic.

  • Even though the primary commitment of Intel is in developing and pioneering processor manufacturing techniques and silicon related technologies, much of its emphasis has now been diverted to improve and optimize chipsets and closely associated features such as USB, AGP, SATA, PCI Express and DDR2. MHz or GHz is no longer the only yardstick for a computer's performance. In other words, performance gains have to be made across the entire platform and not just at the processor alone.

  • Intel's EM64T, currently found in their server and workstation products is to be made available for desktop PCs in order for systems that are designed around processors with this 64-bit extension to address more than 4GB of system memory. The introduction of this new technology into desktop PCs will go hand-in-hand with the release of the 64-bit version of the Windows operating systems in 2005.

  • Future technologies such as LaGrande Technology (LT) and Vanderpool (VT) are undergoing intense development for Microsoft's highly anticipated Longhorn operating system.

  • The performance gain brought about by an increase in L2 cache size (in particular Intel Pentium M processors) has been evidently beneficial. This has sparked Intel to do the same for their desktop processors, starting off by injecting their Pentium 4 line of processors with 2MB L2 cache and based on Intel's 90nm manufacturing technology.

  • WiMAX is here to stay and the worldwide standard for this wireless specification has already been approved and billed as IEEE 802.16. More than 140 companies have joined the WiMAX forum and there are currently more than 40 trials going on globally. WiMAX is expected to begin deployment in 2005 with Intel's initial product offering, which has been officially designated as Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface. The immediate plan is to incorporate WiMAX into Centrino-based notebooks as an option in 2006 and eventually into BTO (Built To Order) solutions.

  • Demonstrated its dual-core Itanium 2 processor, the Montecito that packs an impressive 1.72 billion transistors and has 24MB of cache memory. Intel is going the way of dual-core and has announced plans to deliver dual-core products in every segment the company deals in.

  • Identified Manageability and Security, Geographic dispersion, Information and Mobility as the four key areas that require improvements in a digital office environment.

  • The next evolution to sweep across your living room is Digital Home devices. These are designed as a one-unit solution to totally replace your current Audio Visual (A/V) setups to deliver a fully pledged digital Entertainment Personal Computer (EPC).

  • Right after the launch of Intel's next generation mobile platform, "Sonoma", a new platform codenamed "Napa" is lined up as the successor to "Sonoma". "Napa" will sport a new dual-core mobile processor known as "Yonah" and will be manufactured using Intel's state-of-the-art 65nm process technology. A new chipset codenamed "Calistoga" and a new wireless solution codenamed "Golan" will also be part of the "Napa" mobile package. End result is a platform that offers improved multimedia capabilities and supports 802.11a/b/g wireless specifications.

  • Two new batteries in the form of Lithium Polymer and Zinc Alkaline were introduced. Both of these energy sources promise twice the charge capacity of current Li-Ion batteries, thereby increasing the battery stamina of future notebooks significantly.

  • In the enterprise side, the 69-pin Fully Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) is a 2-channel memory interface technology designed to reduce the routing complexity and board area needed between the memory controller and DIMMs. Apart from a reduction in board production costs, FB-DIMM offers a far greater memory scalability of up to 192GB and an expected bandwidth of 40GB/s.
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