Pat Gelsinger started this keynote by detailing the roadmap for Intel’s pervasive, higher performance and power efficient computing. The senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group discussed new features of the company’s next-generation processor family including a new turbo mode that shifts the processor into a higher gear while managing the power supplied for each core.
The company’s first desktop PC chips branded Intel Core i7 processors and initial energy-efficient, high-performance server products (codenamed “Nehalem-EP”) will be first to production. Intel is also planning to manufacture a second server derivative designed for the expandable sever market (“Nehalem-EX”), and desktop (“Havendale” and “Lynnfield”) and mobile (“Auburndale” and “Clarksfield”) client versions in the second half of 2009.
The next-generation Core microarchitecture also features Intel Hyper-Threading Technology delivering up to 8-threaded performance capability on 4 cores in the initial versions and higher memory bandwidth thanks to the new QuickPath Interconnect.
QuickPath is a technology that connects processors, chipsets and memory together, and delivers up to three times the memory bandwidth of previous generation Core microarchitecture solutions.
The new Intel Xeon processor X7460 with 6 cores and 16MB L3 cache for expandable servers launching in September has already broken multiple performance world records1. An 8-socket IBM System x 3950 M2 server became the first platform to break the 1 million tpmC barrier on the TPC-C benchmark. New 4-Socket performance records include TPC-C on HP Proliant DL580 G5, TPC-E on Dell PowerEdge R900, SPECjbb 2005 on Sun Fire X4450 and SPECint_rate2006 on Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY RX600 S4.
Gelsinger also discussed the industry’s first many-core Intel Architecture (IA) based design, codenamed “Larrabee.” Expected in 2009 or 2010, the first product based on Larrabee will target the personal computer graphics market, support DirectX and OpenGL, and run today’s games and programs. Larrabee is expected to kick start an industry-wide effort to create and optimise software for the dozens, hundreds and thousands of cores expected to power future computers.
Next on stage during the keynote was David (Dadi) Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Mobility Group, demonstrating the first working laptop platform codenamed “Calpella.”
“Calpella will redefine how we compute on-the-go by giving users a stunning new computing visual experience, better manageability and security, enhanced turbo mode features and evolutionary power management for notebooks,” said Perlmutter. “It is all about dramatic mobile performance without compromise.”
Perlmutter also unveiled Intel’s first mobile-focused quad-core laptop workstation – the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor. While the products include four cores, they only use 45 watts of power. The first new processors are the Intel Core2 Extreme QX9300 and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100.
The Intel Core 2 Quad Q9100 is a new CPU for the Intel Centrino 2 processor technology and Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology lineup. Offering quad-core performance for intensive HD multimedia and workstation applications, the mobile quad-core processor is based on Intel’s 45nm Hi-K process technology running at 2.26 GHz, with a 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 cache.
Perlmutter took the opportunity to introduce the company’s second-generation dual-core mobile processors for popular ultra thin and light notebook PCs.
A new Intel High-Performance SATA Solid-State Drive product line is scheduled to be available later this year, with 80 GB sample going out now.