Intel creating the future together with IT

•         Intel identifies forward-looking IT solutions and networked embedded systems as the answer to social, economic, and environmental challenges
•         European Premiere of the Intel Nehalem-EX server CPU and the new Intel-powered classmate PC
•         Three new Intel Atom processors for embedded applications: extremely small and energy-efficient

Johannesburg, March 03, 2010 – In keeping with the theme of this year’s CeBIT, “creating the future – together”, Intel’s message will focus on how information technology can not only improve the productivity of work processes and the quality of life in the short-term, but also on how globally networked systems can help meet social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa explained how Intel is forging ahead with this process at the Intel press conference. Diane Bryant, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Intel Corporation, provided a look behind the scenes at Intel and discussed how IT contributes to increasing value within the company. Intel is also poised to unveil new processor innovations at the CeBIT: the company will debut in Europe, for example, its Nehalem-EX processor live in Hanover along with the Westmere-EP processor which are both due to hit markets at the end of the first quarter. Intel will also introduce three new Intel Atom processors designed specifically for embedded applications. Visitors can also get a sneak preview of the Intel powered classmate PC which will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2010.

Using IT to tackle social and economic challenges

Information technology creates added value that is critical for work and production processes and plays a key role in solving the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of the future. Intel Europe General Manager Christian Morales and Intel, CIO Diane Bryant highlighted these issues at the Intel CeBIT press conference in Hanover.

More and more, globally networked embedded systems are becoming a key technology in safeguarding added economic value and overcoming social challenges. These challenges range from healthcare and support, to reducing emissions and energy consumption, all the way to increasing the safety of transportation systems and vehicles. If the future of the embedded Internet, where intelligent systems from all over the world are interconnected, is to become a reality then not only will industry-wide standards need to be developed but also computers will need to become faster, come in ever diminishing sizes and use the least possible amount of energy. By comparison, around 1,000 processing elements are projected for mobile systems in 2022; comparable devices currently have 80 processing elements.

Intel IT Performance Report and premiere of Nehalem-EX and Westmere-EP

The Intel IT Performance Report (http://www.intel.com/it/apr.htm) shows precisely how Intel manages its enormous and ever-growing data volume and the role IT plays in the complex manufacturing process of microprocessors. Large-scale simulations on extremely fast supercomputers are needed to develop chips like the Westmere-EP server processor which contains 6 cores and integrates an astounding 1.17 billion transistors. Without high performance computing of this kind, this degree of complexity would be unthinkable as would a cost-effective development and manufacturing process.

The next generation of Intel server processors, set for market launch later this quarter, will be the new standard to beat when it comes to computing speed. Intel will give the first live demonstration of the Nehalem-EX processor at CeBIT. The chip is available with up to 8 cores and can process 16 threads simultaneously. Intel also introduces the Westmere-EP processor – the first 32nm chip that will be available end of first quarter 2010.

Compute power is one of the core research tasks of Intel Labs Europe. In research facilities all over Europe the typical day in the life of data is continuously optimized – from its collection to its storage, transportation, manipulation and right through to the final end user interaction.

New embedded processors and a preview of the new classmate PC design

At CeBIT Intel launches three Intel Atom processors with 7-year lifecycle support aimed at the embedded market. The processors – single-core N450 and D410, and dual-core D510 – feature integrated, enhanced graphics and memory controllers built directly onto the CPU, enabling performance improvements and, energy-efficiency. The three processors are paired with an I/O controller ideal for the embedded market – the Intel 82801HM I/O Controller – for a 2-chip solution which provides rich I/O capabilities and adds flexibility via high-bandwidth interfaces, including PCI Express, PCI, SATA and USB 2.0 connectivity. The trio is ideal for small, energy efficient applications such as those found in industrial, print imaging and digital security surveillance embedded market segments. The CPUs are now available and the unit price for orders of 1,000 units ranges from between US$ 43.00 and US$ 63.00.

Intel is also unveiling a new design for the Intel-powered convertible classmate PC at CeBIT which combines aesthetics with ruggedness. It also boasts full PC functionality, enhanced e-reading capabilities , improved performance and an energy efficient design. We expect local PC manufacturers to bring this new design to market in the second quarter of 2010.

In the past year, we have seen governments placing more resources to bring 1:1 e-Learning to their classrooms, preparing students with tools and skills to thrive in the 21st century global economy. Countries such as Portugal and Macedonia are leading the way in country-wide deployments of PCs for their students. We expect the new convertible classmate PC design will offer countries more options that will cater for different needs of students around the world.

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Intel creating the future together with IT