Intel on Tuesday introduced the Crystal Forest chipset, which the company hopes will fill a networking gap as it tries to build an integrated technology stack for data centers.
The chipset has specific hardware and software-driven features that could speed up data processing on a network, said Steve Price, director of marketing for Intel's Communications Infrastructure Division. The chipset could aggregate network data quicker from servers inside data centers without compromising performance or security.
Intel is trying to make a mark in the network processor market with the new chipset, where it could compete with companies such as Cavium, AppliedMicro and Tilera. Intel previously offered ARM-based network processors as part of its communications unit, which it sold to Marvell for US$600 million in 2006. Read more...
There’s a funny thing that happens at almost any tech conference – the Internet sucks. It would be ironic, but it only seems to make sense that thousands of geeks in a single area can kill an Internet connection. But the up shot to that is that I have had time to digest the Intel keynote today, because I couldn’t blog it while it was happening.
I have to admit, first off, that I was exceptionally close to skipping the speech. Matthew Panzarino and I figured that it would be a rehash of ultrabooks and Intel hyping the forthcoming Ivy Bridge chipset. To us, and to readers at TNW, these aren’t exciting topics. But due diligence won out and we headed in to get a front-row seat.
That’s a true sentiment. Not some ironic thing. I was blown away by what Intel is doing, but mainly because of the impact that it will have on an entire ecosystem instead of just a single company. The company made a load of announcements, but one stuck out as being simply huge -
The Medfield Atom processor is now inside Android phones and tablets. That’s a 1.6 gHz processor, combined with a 400 mHz graphics chip. Read more...