IDF Spring 2007 – Day One – Opening Keynote

Justin Rattner, CTO of Intel, returns to the stage as the first day keynotes begin.

An undeniably impressive slide was the one that showed that in November 2005 a single core Xeon drew 110 Watts, while today’s Quad Core Xeon, which kicks the old ones butt, only draws 12.5 Watts. Intel is as good now as it was rubbish then, which is saying something.

Rattner stated that these server side saving will be brought to clients. Rattner had a, “they said we’d never do it” claiming that that extremely low power parts are well within Intel’s grasp. He stated that basing its ecosystem around these was very important to Intel and that this would create new markets, for new devices.

In some actual news, he revealed Alverstone a next generation flash memory based on Phase Change technology. This bring many of the benefits of flash like a 10 year non-volatile life and a over a million write cycles.

In the mean time, we have Robson technology to give us a hand. Sitting in an IDF track later in the day on Robson (Turbo Memory), the new feature that part of Santa Rosa, one really does see how far Intel has come with its power saving philosophy.

Rattner then showed off an actual working Terascale 80 core processor, the one that was merel on display at the last IDF. With literally much fanfare the 1-Teraflop mark was hit, and with one quick overclocking voltage boost later, the on screen graph shot up to 2-Teraflops.

All very well, but when will we get this much power in our desktop processors? Come on Intel, Crysis isn’t going to run itself you know. Actually, I do have some sort of answer to this but I’m going to be mean and save it for another article after I picked up a few more deets on Terascale later in the day.

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