[news=http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/8173/intel1ne.gif]This morning, Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini, has been talking about the next generation of Intel hardware and what it's going to be doing to give users more performance over the next year.
One thing it's important to have is an understand of how Intel has reorganised
itself internally. Centrino has given them a great deal of success - for the first time, mobile processor shipments have exceeded desktop shipments in the US this year. What Intel has seen is that it is better to work on platforms as a whole rather than just the processors, and it is planning to take that approach on the desktop.
A new performance metric - performance per watt
It's clear that the way we measure performance on the desktop is different from how we measure it on mobiles. On desktop, it's all about raw processing power -
in the mobile, it's all about how much performance you can get whilst also keeping power drain down.
Intel believes that it's time to start measuring performance by the same metric - the amount of performance a chip has per watt of energy it produces. As an example - the Pentium M would be a high performance per watt product, whilst something like Prescott would be incredibly low.
It's this strategy that has led Intel to create brand new processors for the desktop based on multi-cores. These chips will sport an entirely new architecture.