Anand Chandrasekher is a rising star at Intel. He used to head Intel's Centrino business, the mobile chip group. Now he's heading up worldwide sales and marketing--a promotion won in January and reflective of the success of the Centrino chip sets in global markets.
Mr Chandrasekher's rise to prominence is closely tied to the rise in importance of mobile microprocessors within Intel. It used to design for desktops first--then mobile.
Now, it is the other way around. And now, the focus on low-power usage also enables the mobile chip technologies to cross-over to desktop and server chip designs too.
This focus on low-power rather than performance should bring forth some new types of chips, says Mr Chandrasekher. "When you are freed of the design constraints in dealing with thermal power issues, you can get very creative. Our chip designers are coming up with some interesting designs."
He won't say what is coming down the pipeline, except to say that deep pipelines on chips are out. Multi-core is very much in the pipeline of future designs. "With multicore designs you can save even more electric power," he says.
Electric power consumption is one of the hottest issues in IT right now--and Sun Microsystems is making the most of it, announcing low-power chips and server designs. Also, IBM, HP, and of course Transmeta have all addressed this issue in various ways.
But to hear Mr Chandrasekher say it, you could be forgiven in thinking that Intel was the first to discover that low-power consuming chips were vital in future IT data centers. Let's be charitable and say "amongst the first" to focus on this issue.
What is clear, however, is that lower power consuming IT centers can become a reality much faster when Intel gets to work on the problem.
It is the world's largest chipmaker and has the resources and the talent to make a big contribution towards stopping the meltdown of IT data centers and polar icepacks.
In Part 2: Thin client or fat client or...?
Please see Intel's articles and white papers on low-power.