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Future Tech: Scenes From Research@Intel Day
No, Intel isn't going this retro on its roadmap. Still, the working model of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2 which greets visitors at the entrance of the Computer History Museum serves as an appropriate starting point for a day dedicated to the chip maker's past and future RD efforts.
Rattner kicked off Research@Intel Day with quick historical sketches of three of Intel's most newsworthy current technologies. He described the beginnings of the new Atom family of low-power processors in Intel's Microprocessor Research Lab way back in 1999, the development starting in 2002 by the chip maker's Systems Terminology Lab and the Intel Communications Group of the remote management technology that would become the vPro platform, and the germ of an idea for WiMAX that emerged almost a decade ago at Intel Architecture Labs.