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IDF: Intel Reveals Plans for 2008

Intel Corporation executive Patrick Gelsinger gave a variety of updates on Intel's work with the industry on the company's processors, surrounding technologies and "tick-tock" design cadence, including new details on Intel's upcoming 45-nanometer products.

During his speech, Gelsinger showed the first-ever Intel 45nm High-k metal gate next-generation microarchitecture (Nehalem) dual-processor server that uses the hafnium instead of silicon in portions of the 700 million-plus transistors inside the processor die, which is about the size of a postage stamp. Nehalem is the codename of a new processor microarchitecture arriving in 2008 that will provide up to three times the peak memory bandwidth of current competing processors. He also showed broad industry support for the Intel QuickPath Architecture. The QuickPath Interconnect provides high-speed data paths to Nehalem's processor cores.

Gelsinger reviewed Intel's QuickAssist Technology and its escalation of industry product development. QuickAssist Technology, first disclosed at the IDF in Beijing in April, is Intel's suite of hardware and software technologies addressing the requirements of accelerators in enterprise platforms. He reviewed the first Intel device to include the Intel QuickAssist Integrated Accelerator for cryptography, codenamed Tolapai.

With availability targeted for 2008, Tolapai a system on a chip is claimed to deliver improvements in power-efficient performance and form factor with up to eight times the IP Security throughput, up to 20 percent reduction in power, and up to a 45 percent smaller footprint over previous multi-component security solutions in embedded and communications market segments.

On the heels of the latest-generation roll-out of Intel vPro processor technology, Gelsinger revealed plans to further evolve security and PC management through the 2008 product codenamed McCreary. McCreary will include new halogen and lead-free 45nm dual and quad-core processors, a new chipset codenamed Eaglelake, an integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and a more secure, manageable data encryption solution codenamed Danbury.

Danbury technology builds data encryption and decryption directly into the hardware providing greater protection of encryption keys and allows much simpler system management and key recovery. Intel Active Management technology also enables these operations to occur in "out-of-band" environments, meaning even if the OS is down or inoperable.

Gelsinger also discussed the improvements that solid state disk technology can bring to enterprise server and storage technology for IA platforms. He announced that products delivering substantial improvements in read performance and power savings from Intel utilizing non-volatile memory technology will be available next year.

Gelsinger shared his vision for I/O consolidation on Ethernet and steps to get to a converged network that supports both Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and local area networks. In support of this vision, he announced availability of Intel 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller now with full support for FCoE solution stack coming in 2008.

Source: Intel Corporation

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