Chips are everywhere. Processors are in your PCs, laptops, servers, cars and every gadget you can think of. In addition, the processor market is shifting---especially in the mobile market. Key trend: Graphical processing units. Key players include Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments among others.
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At the Always On Venture Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., a panel of solar energy executives debates whether or not silicon prices will fall as the industry matures. While they all think margins will narrow, they disagree on whether there will be an industry wide shakeout, or if the polysilicon and silicon wafer markets will move up and down separately. Panelists include Suvi Sharma, CEO of Solaria, and Peter Nieh, managing director of Lightspeed Venture Partners. The moderator is David Chen, managing director of Morgan Stanley.
At the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in Sausalito, Calif., Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson describes the acceleration of computer and genetic technology through Moore's law, and then outlines nature-inspired methods for building nanotech. He also explains why decoding DNA from the ocean is important to green tech's future.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel's Justin Rattner and Michael Garner talk about materials and processes that will be used in the next 40 years to increase chip performance and advance production. Rattner and Garner discuss the future use of CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) technology and carbon-based devices such as carbon nanotubes.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Anand Chandrasekher, general manager for the chipmaker's Ultra Mobility Group, shows a wafer with "Lincroft"--the main processor for Moorestown. The new integrated chip, designed for the smartphone market, is expected before the 2009-2010 time frame, according to Chandrasekher.
Intel's David Perlmutter showed the company's new quad-core laptop computers at the Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco. He demonstrated how video conferencing can be done in HD--even with other applications running in the background--without sacrificing power and performance.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks with senior editor Sam Diaz about trends and products at this year's Intel Developer Forum. Diaz discusses how the chipmaker's latest processors pave the way for innovations that cut across industries. He also explains why Intel's ever-faithful support of WiMax may finally begin reaping benefits.
On the next installment of The Green Enterprise, CNET News.com's Michael Kanellos looks at how Intel is developing green technologies for its customers and within its own organization. Innovations include ultra-lower power 45nm chips, greening its fab operations in China, Arizona and Israel; and developing non-toxic materials for packaging and designing its chips. Kanellos also sits down with Lorie Wigle, Intel's eco-tech program office general manager and discusses the chipmaker's sustainability strategy and her views on reducing power inside the datacenter.
At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Las Vegas, David Douglas of Sun Labs shows off a new technology the company is developing inside its labs called "Proximity Communications." The new chip process will allow faster application speeds for high performance computers.
At Macworld 2008 in San Francisco Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the company's new ultraportable notebook, the MacBook Air. The new notebook is .76 inch thick and runs on Intel's Core 2 Duo with both 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz options. Other specs include a full-size keyboard, a built-in iSight camera, and a trackpad that supports multitouch gestures.
At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco Monday, AMD CEO Hector Ruiz discusses the benefits of virtualization technology in addressing the challenges of efficient energy and affordable Internet access.