Lauds Indian contribution at developer forum

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In the near future

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is planning to launch new 65 nm chips, energy efficient initiatives, and quad-core products this quarter

To also

launch in January, Santa Rosa, its fourth generation of mobile platform

Bangalore, Oct. 10

Chipmaker Intel took the opportunity to laud the contribution of Indian engineers at its two-day developer forum held in the city.

The Bangalore centre played a significant role in the development of Santa Rosa, its fourth generation of mobile platform set to be launched in January 2007, said Mr Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Intel's Mobility Group.

This platform, a successor to Napa STF, will bring a faster front-side bus (from current 667 MHz to 800MHz) and improved wireless chips along with a hybrid hard disk drive (codenamed Robson) to laptops across the world.

The Bangalore centre had previously contributed to the design of Napa SFF (Small Form Factor). Napa shrinks the size of a laptop by 50 per cent and extends battery life to 12 hours.

Showcasing a $2,000 Panasonic laptop based on it, Mr Ram Vasantharam, Director - India Operations, Mobility Group - India, said that prices could be expected to drop soon.

Server processors are also being designed at the Bangalore centre. Work on Woodcrest (5100), Clovertown (2300) and Tulsa (7100) chips was happening in the city, said Mr Patrick P. Gelsinger, Senior Vice-President, General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corporation.

Mr Gelsinger also spoke about the company's new 65 nm chips, energy efficient initiatives, and the quad-core products that the company was launching later this quarter. The upcoming Quad-Core Xeon processor 5300 series will be 50 per cent faster than the existing series, he said.

Intel also revealed its WiMAX (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access) roadmap, with the launch of its first WiMAX compliant chip Rosedale 2, which offers support for dynamic switching between fixed WiMAX and mobile WiMAX.

"The India opportunity is huge," said Mr Eden. The firm is acting as an advisor to the Karnataka Government on the Unwired Bangalore project.

Tie-up with NIIT

Intel India also announced a collaboration with training institute NIIT for offering multi-core programming on popular platforms such as C++, Microsoft.NET and Java to software developers and architect communities in India.

The buzz among developers

Data cards for 3G networks, WiMAX chips and the perfect laptop - these are just a few of the buzzwords at Intel's two-day developer forum in the city.

The computing device of the future will be one that you would have on you, like the mobile of today, said Mr Mooly Eden, General Manager of Intel's Mobility Group.

The futuristic ultra mobile PC will offer GPS, an MP3 player, terrestrial television, besides acting as your mobile and laptop, said Mr Eden.

These 5 or 6-inch screen devices will not cannibalise the notebook market, but probably complement it, he said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 11, 2006)
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