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IDF Spring 2007 - Day One - More Keynotes

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After Rattner, Pat Gelsinger bounded out to present a working Penryn system running advanced 3D rendering of three skulls, presumably for medical purposes.

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Another impressive slide showed how far Intel has come in a few years. In 2002, a Datacenter delivering 3.7 Teraflops would have taken 25 racks of servers, filled with 512 blades. Now Intel can do it in a single rack, consisting of just 53 blades. In terms of kilowatt hours that down from 128 to just 21, aside from the huge space savings. Nice.

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Clearly that’s not enough though as Gelsinger announced, Intel’s Dynamic Power Technology. Power saving is no longer confined to inside the chips – idle time in a server rack will mean significant power savings of up to 15 per cent.

vPro is now available on the notebook - part of the Santa Rosa specification - Centrino Pro. What was impressive was the demo of Active Management diagnosing and fixing a laptop remotely, without the laptop even being plugged in, as it now can operate over wireless. However, unlike in the desktop the laptop can’t be in a sleep state, and has to be powered on.

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Gelsinger also presented the Classmate PC, that TrustedReviews first got an exclusive on six months ago.

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It’s a low cost simple notebook designed for education in emerging markets with Pakistan deploying 700,000 of them until 2009. I was told later that there has been a lot of interest in developed countries too. One new aspect of the machine that I went and played with later in the day was a USB scanner that’s attached to a piece of paper via a clip. What you draw on it then appears directly on the screen. It’s great fun, and could create a generation of budding architects.

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Finally Intel announced a platform called Little Valley It features a Micro-ATX motherboard and a Celeron soldered onto the motherboard. It's cheap, and small and as direct competition for EPIA, it could put paid to Via entirely. It hardly seems fair.


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