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Intel Developer Forum 2014 - Core M, DDR4, Overclocking and Robots

By: Steven Bassiri | Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 4:26 pm

Storage

 

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M.2 was all the rage this year and SK Hynix displayed a 1TB M.2 drive.

 

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ADATA displayed their drives, but they also had a display case showing different NGFF sizes.

 

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OCZ came out with two high capacity super-fast SSDs. The Z-6000 uses NVM Express and the Saber 1000 uses SATA 6Gb/s.

 

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Western Digital was sporting some impressive 6TB hard drives.

 

 

Servers

 

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Samsung had an impressive ultra-green server solution.

 

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IDT was showing off its interface technologies including RapidIO.

 

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ZNYX had a server with very impressive networking capabilities.

 

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Supermicro was there as well showing off its dual CPU workstation.

 

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Kingston had a server with its newer high density modules.

 

 

Robots

 

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While Intel had introduced some of its robots in years past, this year they promoted in full force by dedicating an entire section of the showroom floor and even technical sessions to prototyping. Intel's newest Edison prototyping platform features built-in WIFI connectivity.

 

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One of the only models present was showcasing wearable technology.

 

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Intel's Galileo boards with their SOCs.

 

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Sparkfun, a newcomer to IDF, manufactures hobby/prototyping parts. They were there to answer questions and display tons of Intel Edison add-ons.

 

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If you put together Intel's Edison, Sparkfun, and a 3D printer, you get Jimmy. Jimmy is Intel's make it yourself robot, a really cool concept for DIY robotics. You can customize Jimmy to react to its environment, including you, and you can build Jimmy at home.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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IDF 2014 is my fourth IDF, and I can say you can definitely see the shift in Intel's focus over the years. At first, it was all about enterprise, storage, and the desktop. However, over the years, it has shifted heavily towards mobile, and added in certain niche segments such as robotics.

 

While at some points overclocking was a dirty word in Intel's dictionary, it is now looked upon with enthusiasm. Intel has taken a large stride forward with the Core M, which shines a bright light on Broadwell's capabilities, pushing mobile computing into a new realm of possibilities.

 

Intel's new high performance desktop segment also leaps forward with X99, DDR4, and an overclockable 8-core CPU. I wouldn't be going out on a limb to say that this IDF was one to remember, Intel is definitely still leading computing and branching out into more segments than ever before, we are just glad we have a front row seat.

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