Intel Developer Forum Day 1 Coverage, The Continuum

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Westmere, Sandy Bridge and Beyond Nehalem-C

Intel then took us down the path we had been salivating for; a new generation consumer electronic devices built on next-generation Intel processor technology.  First up was a live demonstration on a next generation Intel "Core i" based core architecture code-named Sandy Bridge.  Sandy Bridge is the 32nm-based follow-on to Intel's Westmere core mobile processor technology that is expected to ship in Q4 this year.  And Sandy Bridge has a few tricks up its sleeve beyond just the high level of integration that Westmere brought to the table.

Moore Law still standing - 32nm Intel Arrendale Notebook, next gen Atom Netbooks

As we've heard previously, Intel's next gen core architectures will not only support integrated graphics but also come outfitted with an AES encryption processing engine to allow for hardware accelerated offload of encryption and decryption algorithms so as not to burden the CPU for these workloads.  Paul and company then served up a live demo of a Sandy Bridge-based notebook processing HD video in a timed demonstration .

Arrendale platform-based notebook processing HD video - no contest

Live demo of new Intel Atom-based MIDs
Atom coming to an in-car infotainment platform near you, next..

Atom platforms of the future: smaller, lower powered, higher levels of integration

Before moving on to a grand finale close in the hand-held arena, Otellini took us through a demonstration of Atom-based MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) and Netbooks.  It's clear Atom is going to be big in Intel's future and they're not just stopping at netbooks and MIDs.  Possibly the most interesting unveiling was Intel's hand-held plan of attack that goes far beyond driving Atom down into the cellphone market.

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