Intel Makes Room

SAN MATEO (08/21/2000) - Faster Pentium III Xeon processors, improved flash memory software, faster I/O products for Infiniband, and the latest in 64-bit processing technology will all be on parade at this week's Intel Developer's Forum.

And for the very first time, Intel Corp. is expanding the content of its forum to include a wider range of vendors, according to Matt Haller, platform evangelism manager at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company.

Using the theme of "Powering the Net, connecting the Net," the expanded program "is now an industry developer forum, around technology and initiatives," Haller said.

The event, which has been moved from Palm Desert, Calif., to the larger accommodations of the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., will host more than 150 non-Intel vendors. The number of software vendors attending the event, which runs Aug. 22 through Aug. 24, has tripled since the previous show, which took place earlier this year.

"We have broadened the breadth [of the event] to include software and even wireless," Haller said. "The expansion of content acknowledges the need to go up the platform stack and bring the layers together for faster time to market and more robust activity."

Haller said that Intel would even welcome its competitors to the three-day event as they are "part of the equation."

"Well, if AMD [Advanced Micro Devices] was on the floor, I think that statement would be valid," said Nathan Brookwood, an analyst at Saratoga, Calif.-based Insight 64. "Intel has just expanded its presence beyond the PC desktop. At the first [developers conference] four years ago, almost all the sessions were focused on the PC desktop, and now they have tracks in so many different areas that it is certainly a much more diversified show, but it might deal with so many market segments that it makes it impossible to get the gist of things."

"The drive is the Internet economy: That has a broader basis of technologies, and this is a great place to find a concentration of those technologies," said Mike Fister, vice president and general manager of Intel's enterprise platforms group.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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