Intel: CPUs in Search of a Load
At the entrance of the Intel Developer Forum, held at the Moscone Center, heightened security measures were evident - all visitor bags were thoroughly searched, just like at the airport check-in. As is traditional, Intel's CEO Craig Barrett held the opening speech. However, instead of dishing up spectacular technology demos, plain tech fare was served instead. Barrett repeatedly emphasized how the recession-plagued economy needs fresh impetus for further growth. Among the demos that we did get, one presented feats of 3D-modelling created on the basis of several photos, using the P4/3000 and with the help of software called "Realviz". Further details on how this software works were not mentioned. Another demonstration involved high-resolution video with a data rate of up to 60 MBit/s, which served to show off the real time playback capabilities of a P4 with 3GHz when confronted with such a data stream. To wrap up the day, there was a perspective on the next 15 years, in which Intel plans to attain a CPU clock speed of 30 GHz, based on 0.01-micron technology. All in all, the message was that there's a lack of software that fully supports modern processors such as the Pentium 4. In Barrett's presentation, this was somewhat tucked away between the lines, but nevertheless clear. Intel is in search of new killer applications that will increase the demand for processors with greater performance. And ideally, these applications should be as widespread as possible among the masses.
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