AMD vs Intel
Beyond its server and PC products, Intel will tout its new XScale technology designed to provide the processing power for mobile phones and handheld computers.
Last week, Intel released the first two chips based on the architecture, the PXA250 and PXA210, which it contends will deliver richer music, movies, games and business applications than competitive offering from Texas Instruments Inc., the leader in that market segment.
Next week, Intel will also introduce a new family of chips designed to power voice, data and media networks.
Attesting to the chip maker's broad industry reach, attendees at the Intel Developers Forum can choose from 23 tracks of seminars covering a wide range of hardware and software technologies. Among the subjects covered are the latest developments in designing a new input/output architecture, called 3GIO; the next-generation Serial ATA; USB 2.0; InfiniBand; Ultra-wideband RF; 802.11; optical networking; and Gigabit Ethernet.
Described by the chip maker as a "jam session for developers," Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., uses the forums -- two held in the United States each year and another eight scheduled around the globe -- to outline its product plans and to seek to assure hardware and software industry support for its designs.
Intel Chief Executive Craig Barrett will open the four-day Intel Developers Forum Monday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco by delivering his "Technology Industry State of the Union." The CEO will urge developers, many of whom have cut expenses to weather an economic recession, to invest in new technologies to revive the industry that is poised for an "imminent technological evolution."
After Barrett's pep talk, Itanium and Xeon processors will take center stage as Intel senior executives detail the latest architectural enhancements designed to boost the performance of the company's 64- and 32-bit chips for high-end workstations and servers.
Much of the attention will be...