Research Reflections on IDF – Day 1

Your two editors, Sean and I are here in San Francisco for the 2007 IDF. We will do a daily post to showcase highlights of the day and how the research labs are helping lead the way for innovation in the years to come.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of IDF and the highlight so far has to be the interview of Gordon Moore by Moira Gunn. But more on that later. The theme for this year’s IDF is Multiply your Innovation. Innovation is evident everywhere here in Moscone Center. From the announcements in the keynotes such as the first public showing of our 32 nm technology, to the technical sessions and the showcase floor where we see innovation from Intel and many of our partners.

Let’s take a look at Paul Otellini’s Extreme to Mainstream opening keynote and how our labs are helping deliver the promise.

Extreme mobility: We saw an entertaining video from our “correspondents” in Zion National Park that demonstrated the power of WiMAX. Intel is a leading force in the development of the WiMAX standard. The research labs are currently leading the way on Mobile WiMAX release 2 (802.16m) research as well as developing performance testing methodologies for mobile WiMAX deployment.

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Extreme gaming: We saw an explosive demo of a Pandemic game that is still in production. But one of the nasty problems in many online games is that of cheating. Our researchers are working on solving this problem with the Fair Online Gaming technology. We have talked about this earlier in this post.

Paul also talked about energy efficient computing and our participation and leadership in standards and organizations like Energy Star 4.0 and Climate Savers. Here, the labs are actively working on key capabilities in power delivery and power management from the Silicon to the platform and beyond. In power management for example, we are working on ensuring maximum satisfaction per watt. This means that when components are not needed, we reduce them down to the lowest power state possible, and when the component is needed, we bring it back on as fast as possible for the amount of time needed. All of this with no degradation in user experience. Read more about what the labs are doing in this post from Justin Rattner.

Gordon Moore

Gordon was interviewed by Moira Dunn of Tech Nation. It was fascinating to hear about the early days of the integrated circuit and the path the key founders took in ultimately founding Intel. The name Intel was actually not their first choice but it was the first one that happened to be available in both California and New York – the practice at the time. Gordon said that he believes there is an end to Moore’s Law and that it will be in 10-15 years. This is not the first time that he has said it would end, but our world class manufacturers have had to prove him wrong.

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