Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Intel Announces Small Business Advantage, Collaborations
With Chinese Technology Insitutes And The PCIe 910 Series Of SSDs at IDF
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Today at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, Intel
announced the availability of Intel Small Business
Advantage (SBA) for PCs, emphasized the importance of
collaborating with China's government and industry and
also released the the new PCI-E -based 910 series of
Intel's executives emphasized the importance of
collaborating with China's government and industry to
help create new business opportunities for Intel and its
14 million developers worldwide.
"The impact of major global trends, such as the rapidly
growing middle class as well as the explosive growth of
connected, mobile Internet and cloud computing traffic,
is playing out ten-fold in China," said Sean Maloney,
executive vice president of Intel Corporation and
chairman of Intel China.
"As the world continues to advance, so too must
semiconductor technology, and that is never more evident
than today with the pending release of Tri-Gate
transistors and 22 nm process technology," said Maloney.
"Few individuals and industries will be untouched as
powerful microprocessors, Internet-connections, and user
experience breakthroughs are applied across the worlds of
business, healthcare, education and the society at
During his keynote presentation, Kirk Skaugen, vice
president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group
discussed how Intel is helping drive a change in the
personal computing experience for consumers and
businesses with new hardware, software and solutions.
Ultrabook devices have already begun this
transformation, and Skaugen showcased numerous systems on
stage and reiterated that more than 75 designs are
planned for 2012 with many touch-enabled systems
expected. This next wave of Ultrabook devices will be
powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors with
Intel HD Graphics 2500/4000.
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel SBA will be available on the 2nd generation Intel
Core processors. With Intel SBA, small businesses can
maximize business productivity by keeping PCs performing
at an optimal level while securing data by reducing the
risk of virus disruptions, leakage of confidential data
and data loss. Intel SBA is an integrated hardware and
software solution that automatically provides regular
software updates, strengthens security defenses and
conducts maintenance tasks after-hours, even if the
computer is turned off. The Intel Small Business
Advantage solution is supported by Asus, Dell, Fujitsu
and Lenovo as well as multiple Intel's OEMs around the
Intel SBA is available on Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5,
Intel Core i5 vPro, Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i7 vPro
processors with Intel 2012 business chipsets. It
- PC Health Center: PC Health Center automatically runs
regular software updates and maintenance tasks
after-hours, even if the computer is turned off. The PC
will power itself on to update software, defragment disk
drives and delete cookies and temporary Internet files.
When the tasks are completed, the PC will power itself
- Energy Saver: Intel Core processors with Intel SBA can
help reduce energy bills. If an employee forgets to turn
off a PC, the Energy Saver feature will power it down
automatically, reducing after-hours energy consumption.
Energy Saver can power PCs down and up
again when needed, and can also turn PCs on as the
workday begins so they are ready for the day
when employees arrive.
- Intel Wireless Display: Intel Wireless Display enables
PC to connect flat panels to a PC?s wireless display to
improve collaboration by streaming presentations, videos
- Software Monitor: Security software is disabled and,
too often, is out-of-date, making coverage unreliable.
Software Monitor watches security software constantly and
alerts the small business owner if it has been
compromised. Multiple notification methods and event logs
notify users when immediate action is needed. This
hardware-based technology adds an extra layer of
protection to reduce downtime and expenses caused by
viruses and malware, and decrease the risk of data
corruption and loss.
- Data Backup & Restore: Data should be backed up
automatically and reliably in order to protect vital
information. Scheduling backups for off -hours prevents
backups from interrupting an employee's workday. If a
backup is missed or an error occurs, the software
automatically notifies the user. In the event data must
be recovered from a backup, a guide helps users through a
- USB Blocker: Viruses and malware can be inadvertently
introduced into businesses through USB ports. USB ports
can also remove critical business data from the PC. PCs
can be customized to block selected USB devices including
mass storage, cameras, printers and more. A
password-protected configuration allows for control of
input and output while listing exceptions for backup
- Intel SBA can be configured with Intel Anti-Theft
Technology on eligible PCs to further strengthen
To help address online fraud, all Ultrabook devices will
now include Intel Identity Protection Technology,
enabling a more secure way to access popular websites.
Skaugen announced that RenRen, China?s most popular
social networking website, will incorporate Intel
Identity Protection Technology as part of its focus on
providing secure online experience for its users.
Additionally, he disclosed relationships with Feitian
Technologies and DynamiCode Company, both second factor
authentication security solution services that will
incorporate Intel Identity Protection Technology into
During her keynote on the second day of the conference,
Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of
Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, will
discuss how the growth of users, devices and data is
transforming information technology while also creating
new opportunities for developers.
With more than 15 billion connected devices expected by
2015 - and the data center and cloud computing
opportunities that support this level of connected
devices - Bryant will say the key is open,
standards-based solutions such as those defined by the
Intel Cloud Builders Program.
The Intel Cloud Builders program enables builders to
optimize the cloud infrastructure using open-standard
solutions optimized for Intel architecture. Intel Cloud
Builders brings together tools including more than 70
reference architectures from a range of cloud
infrastructure systems and solutions providers, to
address challenges facing data center and cloud
deployments such as security, manageability, and energy
Bryant will share that the newly introduced Intel Xeon
processors are at the heart of the data center. The Intel
Xeon E5-2600 product family is designed to scale and
handle three times more data traffic than today, be more
efficient and secure.
Bryant will also outline details of the company?s 2012
processor roadmap for the emerging micro server category,
Collaborations With China's labs
Intel Labs also announced new joint research
collaboration efforts with Lenovo and China Mobile. Intel
and Lenovo's new lab-to-lab collaborative research
efforts will address challenges in the mobile Internet
area, such as security, context aware computing, cross
screen experience and energy efficiency.
The China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) is applying
Intel architecture to wireless base stations to power
next-generation mobile network infrastructure. As part of
CMRI?s Cooperative Radio Access Architecture (CRAN)
vision, Intel Labs China and CMRI are engaging in
research and ecosystem development to increase the speed
and efficiency telecommunications networks through
greater processing power and general computing
capabilities. With CMRI and other ecosystem partners,
Intel has produced a reference design prototype that
demonstrates improvements for lowering total cost of
Intel also announced today a joint agreement with the
Beijing Municipal Government and Institute of Automation
of Chinese Academy of Sciences to establish "China Intel
Internet of Things" (IoT) Joint Labs to collaborate on
IoT-related core technology research, development and
business model innovation. The three organizations will
invest 200 million RMB (US$31.7 million) over the next 5
IoT is a global technology evolution through which data
from billions of devices are connected, intelligently
managed and securely interacting over a network.
The foundation of the joint research will address the
core technologies associated with IoT including sensing,
networking and processing, among others that will help
address computing, storage and communication challenges
of massive-scale systems derived from the large amounts
of data gathered.
New PCI-e-based 910 Series of SSDs
Intel also today showcased the 910 series of SSDs, which
come with a PCI-e interface to deliver up to 2GB/s
sequential read, 1GB/s sequential write bandwidth and random speeds up to 180,000 IOPS and 75,000 IOPS (read/write). Additionally, the Intel SSD 910 Series is capable of
random write endurance up to 14 PB on 8 KB transfer size.
Designed for servers, the new series utilizes High
Endurance Technology (HET) for 30X increased endurance
over standard-endurance SSDs, according to Intel. Intel's
HET SSD solution combines specially ruggerized 25nm MLC
Intel NAND flash memory with SSD managment techniques.
Additionally, the Intel SSD controller and firmware are
enhanced for less NAND wear, NAND error reduction and system error management.
Write endurance specifications measured by Intel while running 100% random 4 KB and 8 KB writes spanning 100% of the SSD using Iometer include:
400 GB version
4 KB Writes: Up to 5 PB (2.5 PB per NAND module)
8 KB Writes: Up to 7 PB (3.5 PB per NAND module)
800 GB version
4 KB Writes:Up to 10 PB (2.5 PB per NAND module)
8 KB Writes:Up to 14 PB (3.5 PB per NAND module)
The 910 Series will be available in capacities of 400GB
and 800GB. According to Intel, the 800GB version provides
60% greater sequential read performance with 60X greater
random read and 20X greater random write performance than
eight short-stroke RAIDed 10k rpm SAS HDDs connected to a
PCIe Host Adapter. In addition, the Intel 910 Series
consumes 5X less space and 2.5X less power.
Pricing for the Intel SSD 910 Series is $1,929 for the 400GB capacity and $3,859 for 800GB. It comes with a 5-year limited warranty.