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IDF 08

Hello happy reader,

I’m currently at the Intel Developer Forum…Here’s my notes so far:

 Opening Forum Keynote — Intel Chairman Craig Barrett

 Intro’d with thoughts on making good things happen by leveraging tech.

Stressed the lack of political will in the US to fund education

The first segment  featured a Wii remote hacker, Johnny Chung Lee of Carnegie Mellon University, who demo’d a wonderful application of low cost, existing tech. A Wiimote + home brewed IR markers + computer = interactive white board for ≈ $50 in parts (+ a Wii).

 Second segment covered Kiva, a net–based microlender that I’ve found to be well run and easy to digest. Matt Flannery, CEO, discussed his company…Take a look at my blogroll for a Kiva link.

 Next up was a health care presentation for the Third World…A nice demo (Barrett lying on the stage, pretending to be injured) by a Columbian radiologist whereby a plastic card with a unique bar code allows any camera–equipped phone can “shoot’ the bar code, bringing up the pateint’s basic health record, and contact the patient’s primary care physician. Barrett’s demo physicians were from HRMI in India, who provide telemedicine services for the poor and rural population. They’re working on real–time diagnostics and treatment via WiMax.

 The last segment was a young high school fellow from Oregon, an STS finalist, who’s been working on polymer photovoltaics.

Next up, Intel® Larrabee: A Many-Core x86 Architecture for Visual Computing. Gotta wolf down this miso soup and I’m off…and, that session was a bust, as in busting at the seams. It was so popular, the hall filled up and I was turned away until Thursday, when it’ll be repeated. For now, I’m parked in a presentation about PCI Express 3.0 electricals, Key Electrical Developments in the Third Generation of PCI Express Technology…Version 3 supports 8 Gigatransfers/sec. without too much effort…ye hah! (Thank you, Jonah.) Trying to push the data rate to 10 GT/s ain’t gonna cut it with current channel coding. CTLE or Continuous Time Linear EQ keeps the eye pattern clean enough for jazz. Plus, fancier, two tap Tx de–emphasis, Rx EQ and CDR bandwidth shaping to minimize reference clock jitter will allows the implementer to hit a 8 GT/sec. target.

Next up, Lenovo Reveals the Next Generation of Personal Computing: extreme lameness to start…finally got around the key concepts, which was storage virtualization and LCVP or Lenovo Client Virtualization Platform. LCVP is aimed at improving security and centralizing management. The lameness continued. Oh well, can’t win ’em all…Now for a box lunch.

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