In an press event in Japan, former senior vice president of Intel's digital Enterprises division Putt Gelsinger talked about the company's platform strategy for the 2006.
Gelsinger said that Intel's shift to the 65nm manufacturing processes has started and he estimated that half of Intel?s total processors will have been manufactured at 65nm in the second half of 2006. In addition, the company will advance to 45nm in two years to the 32nm by 2010. He also said that Intel is currently experimenting on 24nm and 17nm processes, and their verification process has been in progress at the company's labs. It seems that Moore's Law will be valid at least for the upcoming ten years.
Regarding the future "digital home", Intel will focus on the promotion of the already announced "Viiv" platform. Following the success of the Centrino platforms, Intel promises enhanced functionality, performance, reliability and connectivity delivered from a single home PC platform.
In the business desktop area, Intel will offer its "Averill" enterprise client platform, which will be based on next generation hardware such as the dual core Presler CPUs and the Broadwater-G/ICH8-DO (Intel 965) chipsets. The platform will feature technologies like the ACT (Active Management Technology) and the Virtualization Technology. Intel's ACT technology will allow system administrators to remotely check the state of their servers from any place of the world. Although the remote desctop technologies are curently widely available, Intel makes the difference by allowing server maintenance even when a server is down. Someone might claim that the maintenance is put inside the CPU itself.
Workstations will be powered by the Bensley platform and will support the dual core Xeon Dempsy, manufactured with the 65nm process. Gelsinger claimed that Bensley platform will increase the performance per watt by a factor of 3.5, compared to current workstation platforms.
In the second half of 2006, Intel will further increase the performance per watt factor with the Merom CPUs in Intel's mobile platform, and the Woodcrest CPU for the workstations.