Intel’s Rosepoint Could Change the Game
Just last week HP announced that it had managed to make a rack unit with 288 chips that took up only seven inches of space. The EnergyCore chip from Calxeda that was used in the rack consumed only a fraction of the energy that other “energy efficient chips” used. Yes, last week was a great week for energy efficient computing.
This week has also started off with an energy efficient bang. Intel announced its newest chip “Rosepoint,” which will feature a built-in Wi-fi radio and will possess cutting edge power-saving technology.
Rosepoint is still being developed, but the fact that the engineers at Intel have been able to fit a Wi-fi radio into a chip represents a huge leap in computing. The chip could hit the market in smartphones and mobile devices by the middle of the decade. The fact that this chip is digital means that it will be much easier to scale down than the traditional analog radios. The scalability of the chips will mean our phones and tablets have the potential to shrink to even smaller sizes.
Fitting a microprocessor with a Wi-fi radio was previously thought to be on the verge of impossible because of the conflicting signals the parts would be sending. Engineers were afraid the two parts would cause too much distortion in the signal; similar to the way a cell phone will cause distortion when it is placed next to a speaker. Intel’s engineers have found ways around that, so the technology is now moving forward.
Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner said the company is also planning on building a digital cellular radio chip. This could dramatically reduce the complexity of the engineering that is required to build a smartphone, which could lower prices and increase quality for mobile devices in the future.