Intel's Perlmutter goes centre stage in China

Intel has kicked off its Developer Forum in Beijing with Dadi Perlmutter keynoting, as they say, for the chip team. We’re all watching Dadi to see if he will be the successor to Paul Otellini, now that Sean Maloney is out of the running. Dadi is the executive VP of the Intel Architecture Group.

The company is pushing its “Imagine” slogan, demonstrating how technology can save energy, assist in healthcare.

Dadi PerlmutterDadi, who looks a bit like a much younger Geoffrey Howe, said that he was in Beijing to help people understand connected computing. World Bank research shows that a 10 percent increase in broadband penetration increases wealth by 1.8 percent. There will be one billion new connected users by 2015.

But that’s only half the population of the planet, he said. Computers now span a big range of devices and there will be 10 billion connected devices available by 2015.

Sixteen times more data will move over the internet in the next five years, he said. The “Compute Continuum” is based on Intel Architecture, naturally. Computers have to have a common software stack and a set of applications and services above it. Intel’s job is to build a “common architecture with uncommon performance”.

Intel has shipped high volume of 45 and 32 nanometer and shipped over 400 million units. “The rest of the industry has shipped zero,” he claimed. It’s obvious Intel hasn’t given ground in its ambition to put its microprocessors into mobile phones and handhelds, despite the non-32 nanometer competition.

Intel has built two architectures, the high end Nehalem and Sandybridge chips, and low power architecture called Bonnell and Saltwell and a “future” microarchitecture beyond that.

Intel’s Atom is not a single product, he said. It’s being used to build into a number of products.  Cloud computing is critical to China’s economic growth, reckoned Perlmutter. QPI architecture lets enterprises scale up to 256 sockets.

After Perlmutter, Renee James, a senior VP at Intel, pushed the idea that people can have a seamless cross device experience for phones, for cars and for the home. Manufacturers of mobile phones and handhelds might beg to differ on that count.