The future according to Intel




Introduction: looking ahead is …

Intel has a lot of new techniques show. The IDF Some of them are already at an advanced stage and almost ready to be released as a product while other visions far from a product launch date, and more a reflection of Intel’s plans for the future.

Many announcements are made on the IDF and especially techniques that the company shows come with a disclaimer. Each keynote a standard lawyers preceded story about “forward looking statements” which can be. Thereto no rights Nevertheless, the future visions of Intel not just unfounded. The company should indeed quite to plan ahead to begin the development of techniques and products that have roughly five years to come on the market. Already

IDF 2013 logo

The department that deals with the search for answers to questions, “we have about five, ten or fifteen years what technique and has therefore not the easiest job, but extrapolating current trends can be reasonably predicted future developments. The following techniques and products are therefore not yet set in stone, but they are also not fall from the sky …
The near future: 2014

If we do not look further ahead than let’s say a year, Intel plans are pretty clear. To some extent at least, because surprises can always crop up and want to change sometimes even roadmaps.
The desktop

For the desktop, which has repeatedly declared dead, but still bravely endures, the near future is an open book. It must be the high-end serviced by now Haswell processors, expected next year with the ‘tick’ in the form of Broadwell. Intel demonstrated Broadwell briefly during the IDF in 2013, but did not go deep into the details. In previous years, more comprehensive and detailed information about the changes in architecture and performance data, but outside the keynotes remained studiously quiet around Broadwell.

Broadwell-soc IDF2013

So it is not entirely certain that Broadwell neat mid-2014 on the market, but the silicon is ready. Intel’s Haswell architecture successfully managed to shrink to 14nm and below that is more associated with significant energy savings.

The Broadwell processors for the desktop face competition from Intel itself. The Bay Trail D-series Atoms go the bottom of the market operate: simple desktops and all-in-ones so. The Atoms will be touted as Atom now on performance has been a rather unpleasant aftertaste. At stores like Celerons and Pentiums
Laptops, tablets and combinations thereof

Broadwell goes for laptops and tablets play a much greater role than the desktop. Like Haswell is also Broadwell especially optimized for mobile use, with energy savings, smaller chips and soc options. Broadwell seems as demonstrations of Intel to deliver against Haswell energy savings of about thirty percent and laptops is that only good news. Moreover Broadwell also suitable for powerful tablets and tablet-laptop hybrids: 2-in-1’s. Intel is now trying to form-factor, as ultrabooks, sliding forward.

Bay Trail-introductie IDF

These tablets and 2-in-1’s must also be operated by Bay Trail processors. The Bay Trail T-series is primarily intended for tablets, but can also be used in 2-in-1 devices. The Bay Trail M-series, designed for notebooks, could it be. Intel has a fairly complete portfolio of highly efficient, slower chips to very fast, slightly less efficient processors for everything a 8 “- or larger screen.

The successor of Bay Trail is otherwise already known, which is produced in 14nm Airmont architecture. In smartphones, we must now do it with 32nm socs, but a 22nm SOC, codenamed Merrifield, is underway. Intel can produce all expected late this year, but is only 4g for both voice and data support. Early 2014 On performance would Merrifield can compete with its ARM competitors and compared with current Intel socs energy savings up to 50 percent can achieve. 2015, and further

The upcoming product introductions are fairly well known, but what about after 2014? The roadmaps provide as part answer; 2015 is the planned transition to 10nm and 7nm to be realized in 2017. Intel is about five years ahead of what silicon development, and 7nm stands firmly on the roadmap. Also 5nm has been achieved, but except for silicon and other materials hybrids looked at quantum computing, and quantum dots in silicon.

7nm en verder

One of the biggest surprises during IDF 2013 Intel unveiled, was Quark. The company gave little details about the new series of free socs, but gave it to which the Quark series is intended: the Internet of Things. Many of Intel’s plans revolve around the ‘Internet of things’, or iot. Quark is the first generation of highly efficient processors on which they must fulfill.

The idea is that many more devices are ‘smart’. The most obvious ones are wearables, such as watches, but it should go much further, a plurality of sensors in each room, to smart cars, jewelry, use objects and devices on and in the body. All this hardware must be driven by something and initially will be, with a tenth of the energy of Atom socs and a fifth of their size. Quark

In Internet of Things that are not only processors, or power, is important. The units must also be able to exchange data and thus have wifi or other communications. The underlying infrastructure, such as data centers, must also be present and all the data to be protected. After all those sensors that continuously keep an eye on us, give a very detailed and personal picture of us on our hardware.

Context-aware communicatie

All this information can be used to make our lives easier argues Intel. That should vary from safety, for example in cars, to convenience. During several keynotes various Intel leaders gave examples of the Internet of Things and possible applications, from infrastructure to mobile devices via apps.

For example, a phone should be much more personal and know where its owner is doing. The user should not be disturbed during meetings unless it is an emergency. The smartphone must know the context of both the owner and the caller. Same smartphone can recognize user through its various sensors and know who it is together. The voice of the user who talk to someone else can help. “Hear” the two phones of the interlocutors also the same sound and know that users are together. Also, based on flow properties can be a phone, through its accelerometers, identify a user. The latter two techniques are tested in a prototype stage in Intel’s labs.

Also in cars would such a technique, almost passive, should work. Software integrates sensor data and recognizes a route that is driven, in order to respond to the activity that comes with it. Laptops and phones can for example automatically go into work mode and a file can be avoided if alternative route suggestions give a phone or car system on time. Finally, even more economical

In the area of ​​health would also be major changes. Thus, the power that can be deployed to human DNA Sequencing such increased the cost of roughly two million to several thousand euros have fallen. This would medications, especially cancer drugs, much more focused and able to go to work more effectively combat diseases.

Also, the measurement of critical data, such as blood pressure and heart rate, can be done. With smart sensors Intel demonstrated how a bracelet can now do the work of a large machine and how a prototype patch bracelet can be replaced again.

Wearables voor de gezondheidszorg

After the Quark socs should be even more efficient products to make. All the hardware and sensors intelligent A processor now burned a few watts, but that is Quark tenths of watts. Intel now has working prototypes, are in the milliwatt range, but that would be far too much for many applications.

To avoid constant charging, wearables would power in the microwatts or less have. Then the devices can take advantage of movements, from ambient or other ‘scavanging’ techniques. Energy To illustrate Intel had an accelerometer with wireless transmitter developed that wine could be driven. Galvanic reaction of copper and zinc in a glass The accelerometer data was used to thereby rendered a flower to reflect. The orientation of the sensor in real-time

Door wijn aangedreven accelerometer



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