Yesterday was quite a day at the Intel Developer’s Forum (IDF). If you weren’t able to be here to join us you can see the keynotes at http://www.intel.com/idf/. Take a look.In my keynote I was able to give some details on the performance data of the Penryn, the future Intel Core 2 Duo processor family of products. The numbers are strong. Penryn includes quite a few microarchitecture features that make it a lot more than just a shrink in die size. In particular, the bandwidth-intensive and floating-point applications will benefit from the 1600 front-side bus (FSB) on the next-generation server platform. This platform will be key in areas like workstations and high performance computers. We demonstrated yesterday a more than 45% bandwidth increase. It amazes me we’ve been able to take the FSB this far in speed. I remember when we thought we’d never see it go much past 800 and now we are seeing speeds of 1066, 1333, and even 1600 Megahertz (MHz). Don’t expect much faster though as we make the big move to the new system architecture with Nehalem in 2008. Nehalem is way cool and our design team is making great progress toward delivering it in 2008. I’m looking forward to giving you a lot more details about it in the future. I also gave the first glimpse of Larrabee, our first tera-scale processor. Solving the programmability of any such highly parallel machines is the key problem and IA programmability is the solution. Our Intel vPro and now Intel Centrino Pro processor technologies are looking great. I particularly liked being able to demonstrate out-of-band wireless (802.11n) remote manageability. No more wires! It was great having Sun on the IDF stage for the first time ever. It’s been 84 days since we announced the deal and voilà, we have our first system this quarter; and Caneland, our quad- and dual-core Intel Xeon processor 7300 series for servers, combined with Solaris for Intel Dynamic Power Technology, was a cool first ever demo. I look forward to your feedback and questions.
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