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IDF Fall in San Francisco, day 1

Yesterday in San Francisco Intel launched the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). In his opening speech company´s CEO Paul S. Otellini stressed two matters.

First, he specified sales date of the first WiMax chips — Rosedale — made using SoC (system-on-a-chip) technology and meeting IEEE 802.16-2004 requirements also known as IEEE 802.16REVd. These chips will go on sale early in 2005, while samples are already available. Rosedale features 802.16-2004 and Ethernet 10/100 Mbps MAC controllers and OFDM PHY.

Second, he stated the new approach to processor development — "moving beyond MHz to parallelism". According to the accompanying press release, besides performance, much attention will be paid to multitasking, reliability, security and manageability as well as wireless interface integration.

He underlined that now Intel focuses on multi-core (dual-core to be exact) processors, so we might hear of these more during IDF. For example, something is already known about Montecito that will have 1.7 billion transistors and 24 MB cache (L3?).

Stay tuned.

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