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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Intel

As noted earlier, Intel held their Developer's Conference last week. Paul Otellini, CEO, noted the following:

“The world of computing is expanding beyond the personal computer, We’re building out a spectrum of computing devices … all the way down to handheld. For consumers we want to deliver the same experience across any device.”

The New York Times, then noted the following implications:

At the chip level, this means building most of a device’s functions into just one or two chips. The largest integration leap was a chip for digital televisions, introduced Thursday. The CE 4100 chip packs an Intel Atom processor, a graphics processor, and silicon for handling video, networking and many of the typical PC connection technologies — like the Universal Serial Bus, or USB — all into one chip.

“The CE 4100 portends our future,” said Bill Leszinske, general manager of Intel’s Digital Home Group.

The design, referred to generally as system-on-a-chip, is crucial because it’s a template for Intel’s push into mobile phones and small Internet devices in 2010 and 2011 — two markets that are currently dominated by other chipmakers like Texas Instruments and Samsung. A version of this design will be used next year in a high-end smartphone from LG Electronics.

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