Intel keynote speech: Santa Rosa and more

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Intel’s keynote speech briefly looked at Santa Rosa, as well as what they’re working on and are hoping to bring to market in the next couple of years. Here’s the highlights.

Reliability: Working with HP and Microsoft, Intel have improved reliability, and even addressed the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. If you’re faced with a situation where you’ve got the blue screen, and so your OS isn’t working, coupled with the fact that there’s no physical network connection, your IT support are still able to remotely access your computer. They can debug and restart, as long as there’s WiFi.

Connections: 802.11n is used, which allows you to stream up to 4 high definition videos to 4 separate computers at 200 mbps. That’s 5 or 6 times the performance of 802.11g. This is aimed at helping out in that famous ‘wireless home’.

WiMAX: Only 16 countries have over 5% broadband penetration and 141 countries have less than 1% penetration. WiMAX should address this, since it’s cheap and can be used over great distances. In a year or two, WiMAX will be included in all Intel chips, as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n which is currently available.

Susi Weaser