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Intel: here is our future

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The IDF (Intel Developer Forum), one of the most important technical events in the technology sector for hardware and software developers, ended on Friday. Pat Gelsinger, Intel's senior vice president and chief technology officer, outlined Intel's strategies to accelerate the convergence of data processing and communication.

Organized around the world in various sessions throughout the year, the IDF brings together the main exponents of the sector to discuss cutting-edge technologies and products relating to PCs, servers, communication devices and handheld clients. Pat Gelsinger, Intel's senior vice president and chief technology officer, revealed Intel's strategies to accelerate the convergence of computing and communications through advanced integrated silicon research. Gelsinger said that silicon-based technologies with integrated data processing and communications features will help extend Moore's Law to other areas, thereby offering new features and new benefits to customers for at least another ten years.

"We foresee a future in which every silicon chip installed in PCs, PDAs, mobile phones or other electronic devices will include information technology but will also allow users to connect to multiple wireless networks by moving freely from one to the other," he explained Gelsinger. "Intel researchers are committed to expanding Moore's Law to other areas, beyond traditional computing, through intense research activities and the discovery of new opportunities, new employment opportunities and new benefits for silicon technologies that integrate data processing and "notices.

Gelsinger described some of these technologies being developed in Intel's research and development labs, including silicon radio devices and context aware computing. Intel is committed to developing radio devices based on its low-power CMOS silicon manufacturing process. According to Gelsinger, Intel is close to achieving its goal of developing "reconfigurable radios", capable of automatically identifying and connecting to different wireless networks – including 802.11, Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband – so that any device containing one of these chips has wireless functionality across multiple different networks.

Gelsinger also said that Intel continues to make progress in research aimed at developing "location-aware" applications (with location recognition) through the integration of technologies such as GPS (Global Positioning System) and WLAN. Such applications would allow consumers to get the latest weather and traffic news, for example, and to change their plans or route immediately wherever they are.

The benefits of silicon-based technology for the healthcare sector β€œIn addition to engaging in continuous efforts to accelerate the convergence of computing and communications through research in silicon, Intel is actively expanding research and skills to focus on the life sciences and the field of sanit, ”added Gelsinger. "By offering the benefits of low-cost silicon-based technologies to this industry, we could theoretically improve the quality of life for the world's population, which continues to age, and help advance disease diagnosis."

Through research in the social sciences and the development of technological prototypes, the Intel Proactive Health Research team is examining the benefits that silicon-based technologies could offer from a health point of view and in everyday life. A particularly interesting area concerns the use of an integrated sensor network in the home to help older people, especially those over 60 who are experiencing population growth worldwide, to receive better care at home. Intel works with families facing Alzheimer's to understand if sensors, along with powerful computer systems and complex algorithms, can send reminders or requests through a wide range of devices across the entire home to assist the elderly and alleviate at least partly the burden of home care. The preventive health research project is the result of a collaboration with university researchers, sector laboratories and government agencies whose objective is to identify how technology can support behaviors that contribute to preventing diseases, promoting independence and improving conditions of life.

Separately, the Intel Precision Biology research team is exploring the possibility of applying Intel technologies to the analysis of biological molecules, such as DNA and proteins, with the aim of inventing new types of diagnostic tools that can lead to improvements in healthcare. . Based on its expertise in the production of silicon, Intel has developed a complete set of molecular analysis functionalities that allow to trace the contaminants that enter the semiconductor manufacturing process. Intel has also developed a feature to view, create and modify physical structures and devices on the nanometer scale.

Precision Biology is an advanced research initiative that seeks to apply these technological features in new ways to create highly sensitive and accurate biosensors capable of assisting in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. For example, by modeling nano-structures in such a way that molecules line up near the sensors that classify them, Intel researchers hope one day to detect the unique molecular-scale signatures associated with diseases such as cancer. This type of future potential would significantly reduce the cost and increase the reach of life-saving diagnostic tools around the world.