Fall IDF: Intel outlines wireless future

SAN JOSE – Intel Corp. laid out its plans for wireless convergence at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Wednesday, giving attendees a peek at an upcoming mobile platform as well as the next-generation Pentium M processor, code-named Dothan.

Dothan is a 90-nanometer (nm) mobile processor, which will come with 140 million transistors and will use a strained silicon technique for better performance. To be released in Q4 this year, Intel said Dothan will also feature a 2MB power-optimized integrated Level 2 cache for quicker memory access.

Expected for release in 2004, the next-generation mobile platform, code-named Sonoma, is based on Intel Centrino mobile technology and will integrate the Dothan processor, in addition to a next-generation audio capability, code-named Azalia.

During his keynote address, Anand Chandrasekher, vice-president and general manager of Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group, compared Intel’s mobile strategy to the construction of the Pacific Railway in the late 1800s.

“Convergence is the next golden spike,” he said.

Chandrasekher also highlighted Intel’s accomplishments based on IDF 2002 predictions, including more than 90 new notebook form factor designs from a plethora of vendors, each with a focus on longer battery life and low power consumption, as well as the appointment of more than 20,000 Centrino Wi-Fi hot spots worldwide – more than double last year’s numbers.

“Innovation does spark adoption,” he said referring to IDC statistics, which predict a 20 per cent year-over-year growth for the global mobile notebook market. “We are enabling people to take computing where they need it, rather than having to go where computing is.”

IDF runs until Sept. 18 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.