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IDF Spring 007 P-Money kenote
Tue Apr 17 2007, 08:18
PAT GELSINGER'S KEYNOTE had the tone set by two Chinese rappers in baggy outfits. It fit P-Money to a tee yo, and the keynote was quite jiggy. Who would have though 50 Cent would have competition from Intel?


The first bit of bling that P-Money was talkin is the Xeon 7300, a new name for Tigerton, but Caneland is still called Caneland. Be still my beating heart. To show it off, they brought up Sun to show off a 4S Caneland blade. Yo.


One of the things that Sun and Intel are working on together, like Salt and Peppa, is Dynamic Power Technology, called iDPT. It allows you to change the power use of the system components other than the CPU to lower wattage without dropping performance. Of course, this needs OS support, so that is where Sun comes in with Solaris. Yo.

From there, things move on to Itanium, this is really big iron, think an Escalade with thumpin bass driven by Biggie-P himself. There was one slide on Itanium showing an arrow leading from current parts to a future of Tukwila and Poulson. It brought a tear to my eye much the same way that a Tupac poster does. Yo.

The next step was the announcement of Centrino Pro, the jiggiest demo of the day. It brings vPro to wireless, so a dead notebook can be woken up, queried and twiddled over the air. You can look at hardware, mangle settings and push updates. This was demonstrated by technician J-Dawg who fixed the notebook and rebooted it remotely. Not quite a M Diddy performance, but it will do in a pinch. Yo.

From there, they brought out VMware to show off a very promising new technology, record and replay. You can set a record point on a PC and have VMware record the actions of the user from there on out. If you screw up, you can just rewind the session to the save point, replay it, or just start fresh from that save. Other than being useful for business, I can see sysadmins moving pranks to a whole new level with hardware virtualization. Yo.

Next up, we have Little Valley, an entry level board for emerging markets. It has lower power, a Celeron soldered onto the board, and a standard ATX SFF layout. This won't set your heart on fire like an Eminem ballad, but it will probably sell a lot of units. Note the chipset, it says SIS 964L, quite an interesting political and economic choice don't you think? Yo.


Moving on to software, they brought up MS to show off Longhorn server with hardware virtualization support. The less said about this DRM infested blight the better, just use Linux, it has much better virtualization support, doesn't lock you in, and cost infinitely less. Until MS stops hurting it's customers with licensing and activation malware, this one is a pass. Once again, yo.

From there, P-Money talked about QuickAssist Technology, another code name for a lot of technologies. It encompasses Geneseo and the opening of the FSB to Xilinxthat we told you about earlier. Yo.

Somehow, it isn't quite clear, this encompasses the SoC called Tolapai. Tolopai is the first of a long line of SoC parts that will be tailored to many different markets, but Intel doesn't want to talk about those yet. It takes a four chip solution for things like VPN and shrinks them down to a single part. Yo.

Basically, Tolapai is going to be put into appliances, like the stereo in P-Money's Escalade, you won't buy it for building PCs. In fact, it is doubtful that you will ever know you are using one, you will just have a device that does a job. Yo.


Then P-Money did the thing that made all the playa hatas sit up, he mentioned the word Larrabee, and then described Nehalem. In two minutes, he confirmed what we have been telling you for months now, so this deserves three yos. Yo yo yo. One more. Yo.


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