IDF Spring 2005 - Predicting Future CPU Architecture Trendsby Anand Lal Shimpi on March 3, 2005 7:43 PM EST
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Special Purpose Hardware - Intel's take on Cell
Intel has spoken a bit about including special purpose hardware in their forthcoming processors, although there's no indication of when other than sometime between 2005 and 2015.
Addressing Power Consumption
Intel did mention a bit about dynamic logic design as a method of decreasing power consumption, but they didn't go into much depth. Some of the techniques talked about are similar to what we've seen used in Cell.
Despite the fact that there's not a lot of tangible stuff that was disclosed at IDF, we can't help feeling but that this IDF is a very important point in time. Honestly we can't wait for a lot of these technologies to come to fruition. Intel may have just done a disservice, because at this point, nothing on their immediate roadmap seems all that interesting anymore.