Intel executives yesterday outlined the company's strategies for next-generation wired and wireless networks that include two communication silicon architectures.
Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose this week, Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's wireless computing and communications group, said the explosion of digital data over the internet would create a market opportunity for the company's communications silicon components.
"Intel Internet Exchange Architecture (IXA) and Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (PICA) are the cornerstones of that strategy, and these architectures are gaining continual momentum and support in the marketplace," he said.
IXA addresses the infrastructure needs of next-generation networks, and PICA is aimed at speeding up the transition to next-generation wireless clients.
Smith also introduced version 3.0 of the company's Persistent Storage Manager (PSM) software. When combined with Intel's StrataFlash Memory product, PSM provides a flash file and media manager for code execution, file storage and registry back-up. The software is aimed squarely at Microsoft's Windows CE-based devices.
He went on to announce the availability of Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (IPPs) for Intel StrongARM and Intel XScale processors, which enable designers to develop applications that can run on any Intel processor.
During Smith's speech, Thomas Dolby, former pop star and founder of Beatnik, which provides music to websites, demonstrated the Beatnik Audio Engine for Intel StrongARM. The engine is one of the first technologies to use the IPP software libraries to provide CD-quality audio and music through a variety of digital devices.
Meanwhile, Mark Christensen, vice president and general manager of Intel's network communications group, demonstrated the world's first single-chip gigabit ethernet solution for PCs, servers and network infrastructure equipment. He said the new chip is less than half the size and consumes half the power of previous gigabit ethernet processors.
The new components are also capable of receiving and transmitting data over multiple communications protocols such as ATM, packet over Sonet, packet over fibre and 10 gigabit ethernet.
Christensen also unveiled Intel's latest array of components for optical networking systems, which, he said, can receive and transmit data over multiple communications protocols.
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