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Intel Developer Forum 2010 Day 2 Keynote Coverage
Date: Sep 14, 2010
Author: Marco Chiappetta
Atom Ecosystem, Software

Day two of the Intel Developer’s Forum was kicked off with a couple of keynote addresses from Renee James, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Software and Services Group at Intel and Doug Davis, the Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded and Communications Group. The main focus of their talks revolved around Atom and the ecosystem surrounding it and other low-power Intel platforms.



Renee started off talking about some of the history of mobile PC and more specifically of tablets. She went on for a bit outlining the evolution of tablets and talking about the improvements in graphics, compute performance, touch interfaces, and manufacturing that enabled the current generation of mobile products. To help get her point across, Ms. James showed off one of the first tablet PC’s from 1989 that was on loan from the obsolete computer museum and contrasted it with a couple of current tablets and netbooks currently on the market.

Renee also talked about some of the software innovation Intel has been working on, including those from the Wind River Network acceleration platform that enabled parallel processing of packets to improve overall network throughput. A number of Intel’s other tools for ISV were also shown off, including Parallels Studio, which can be used for optimizing software for multi-core platforms.



Throughout her presentation, Ms. James brought a few partners and customers on stage to talk about some of the hardware and software innovations being worked on. She also talked about the “AppUp” program and some of the incentives for developers to embrace the program, which include prizes for developing apps for MeeGo and Windows. In fact, she even brought out Rick Vanner, developer of the netbook-targeted game “Goals!”, who was the grand prize winner of a Chevy Volt. His game was developed in about a week for the Windows platform and was ported over to MeeGo in just a few days using the developer tools Intel has made available.


Stephan Odepher was also brought out on stage to show off the Atom and MeeGo-based WeTab tablet PC. The WeTab features a custom interface that’s designed for easy thumb navigation and boasts of 16 second boot times and 1 second wake-from-standby times. A number of other devices featuring MeeGo were shown off as well, including settop boxes from Acer and Asus running Windows embedded with media center functionality. 

Physics and Intel Architecture -

The gang from Havok was also on-hand showing off some physics demos and how they scaled on Intel’s multi-core processors. We’ve got some footage from the demos posted above. In the videos, you can see the scaling from one-to-many objects, using a 6-core Core i7 processor. Havoc also announced that they will be supporting physics on Atom moving forward, but nothing was shown during the keynote.

Atom Ecosystem (cont.)
When Renee James completed her segment of the early morning keynote on Day 2, Intel's Doug Davis took the stage to talk more about Atom and its ecosystem.




Doug announced the new Atom CE 4200 series of products and showed off a number of devices that were powered by the chips, including the WePad we showed you on the previous page, along with the Cicso Cius, which is a portable tablet that can be docked to convert it into a video phone. A hand-held gaming device from a Korean manufacturer was shown off as well, but not many details were given.



Perhaps the most exciting moment from the morning keynote was the unveiling of a Dell 10.1” convertible tablet built around Atom running Windows 7. During the initial part of the demo, the Dell rep held the device like any other tablet PC and showed off a number of touch-centric applications, but later revealed that the screen could be flipped up, and turned completely around in its bezel, uncovering a keyboard beneath. No details about naming or pricing of the convertible tablet were given, but Dell did say the device is slated for release towards the end of the year.


To conclude the keynote, Doug then talked about the types of other devices being worked on that feature Atom and unveiled the Atom E600 series SoC for embedded applications. He showed off a racing motorcycle with an Atom-based monitoring system that sent data back to the pit crew, some digital signage for taxi cabs, and a prototype multi-screen car computer system that handled everything from navigation to media playback; it could even be controlled by a smartphone.

That about wraps it up for our Day 2 coverage.  There is more to come, so stay tuned!

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