Fifteen billion internet devices by 2015

Intel's Pat Gelsinger predicts massive rise in connected devices

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By  Mark Sutton in San Francisco Published  August 20, 2008

Intel’s Pat Gelsinger predicted today that there would be over fifteen billion internet-connected devices by 2015.

In the second keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum, Gelsinger said that the growth of pervasive internet and the expansion of computing in the developing world would result in a huge growth in the number of internet enabled devices.

Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group outlined Intel’s roadmap for processors that will help drive the uptake of new devices.

The roadmap included the Intel Core i7 processors, high-performance server products codenamed ‘Nehalem-EP’, expandable server product Nehalem-EX and desktop and mobile client processors.

“Our engineers have put together an incredible processing family here that will include a tremendous amount of new processor features all centered on delivering faster computer performance and terrific energy efficiency,” Gelsinger said.

Gelsinger introduced a new ‘Turbo Mode;’ which will be included in the Nehalem architecture, which will allow power to be switched from inactive cores to active cores, running them at a higher frequency, and giving a boost to performance. Turbo Mode will be managed by a dedicated Power Control Unit (PCU) which will manage power functions for extended battery life and better power consumption.

The keynote also focused on ‘Larrabee’, Intel’s many-core architecture based design, which will handle many aspects of graphics processing on the CPU, giving much better performance in areas such as translucency and smooth shadows.

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