Intel’s Developer Forum this year was an exciting event for several reasons, but most of all for the details they provided about Nehalem. Their upcoming processor architecture flaunts some of the biggest structural changes in a decade, and this year’s IDF showcased some of Intel’s recent achievements.
More than that, however, IDF had a number of really interesting keynote speeches and lectures given by several very different people. What’s great is that Intel is making them freely available online. I definitely recommend giving them a watch, as some of the discussions are fascinating. You may wish to use IE for these, as when I used Firefox, the embedded slides kept popping up instead of launching in the same window.
Intel chairman Craig Barrett launched the event with his keynote titled Inspiring Innovation, and it’s pretty obvious that Intel is really looking to shake things up with low cost, highly power efficient technologies. One highlight of the talk is Johnny Lee’s discussion of some of the inexpensive alternate uses he’s come up with for the Wii remote control, including a $50 interactive, multi-touch whiteboard. Other presentations delve into the emerging mobile internet device market, new mobile technologies, the changing face of digital media, developing for future hardware, and in-depth discussions of the upcoming Nehalem microarchitecutre.
Two specific talks that I found to be of particular interest were “Research and Development: “Crossing the Chasm between Humans and Machines” with Justin Rattner, Intel’s Chief Technology Officer, as well as “A Conversation with Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer, Inc. Co-Founder” (which is a bit self-explanatory) with Dr. Moira Gunn, Public Radio host of the weekly program Tech Nation. The former talk discusses the idea of how we might be interacting with computers in wildly different ways in the near future, bordering on the Vernor Vinge/Ray Kurzweil idea of the Singularity. As for the latter, well, Steve Wozniak helped to revolutionize personal computing, bringing desktops to the masses. Conversations with him are always fun.