Intel logging on to more personal technology

March 9, 2006
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The internet is set to become more mobile and more personal with upcoming developments from technology company Intel.

The innovations were announced at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week.

Launched in 1997, the forum is a growing gathering of developers and technology experts that aims to help key players stay on the cutting-edge of technology.

Intel executive vice-president Sean Maloney outlined the company’s mobile plans, announcing innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless.

With growing demand for mobile internet applications, Mr Maloney told the forum about the next-generation Intel Centrino mobile technology-based platform as well as the next-generation dual-core mobile processor and the applications processor for hand-held devices.

They aimed to make the internet a more personal and mobile experience for people worldwide.

“The internet is increasingly the central medium in people’s lives, the place where we go for news, entertainment and education, and to extend our social lives,” Mr Maloney said.

“Emerging applications such as mashups, Blogs, podcasts and RSS make the internet an even more personal and interactive experience and people want to carry those experiences with them. The next stage of internet growth is to make this ‘real internet’ mobile.” Codenamed Santa Rosa, the Intel Centrino mobile technology was detailed for the first time in Mr Maloney’s keynote speech.

It is designed to give users better overall performance and graphics, and improved wireless connectivity and security.

Intel also showed off two concept PCs with multiple ergonomic configurations, integrated WiMax and wireless WAN technology, hard-drive backup capability and broadcast digital TV reception capability.

The company’s family of next-generation application processors for hand-held devices will offer a wide range of performance, power and integration levels to meet the needs of handsets, hand-helds and consumer electronic devices.

It will include Wireless Intel SpeedStep with MusicMax technology, Wireless MMX2 and VideoMax technology, allowing dramatic energy-efficiency and enhanced performance in hand-held devices playing audio and video.

Intel is also developing Ultra Mobile PCs, a new category of small mobile devices, with the first machines running on Intel silicon expected from major OEMs within the next two to three months.

Forum participants were the first to see a public demonstration of the Kedron wireless LAN adapter and of Intel’s 802.16e integrated mobile WiMax technology.

Mr Maloney also showcased the first single-chip multi-band Wi-Fi/WiMax radio, which will let laptops users connect to Wi-Fi or WiM networks worldwide.

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