We all strive to figure out what we all do best with our particular natural talents and, hopefully, be able to put them to real good use in the world. At the corporate level, it’s no different. Each company does at least one or two things really well for the benefit of its customers.


Intel’s thing is its innovations in silicon, with its latest offering – the Intel Xeon quad core 5500 series – being no different.


One interesting quote from Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, recently was, “We believe that the Xeon 5500 is just the right technology to come along at one of the most challenging economic times in our history.” Clearly, this is one case of doing good with something your exceptionally good at doing, especially when it’s considered by Intel to be the most innovative silicon design since its Pentium series introduced to the market more than 15 years ago.


The rippling effect will hopefully lead to better platforms for further innovations at the application and services levels, thus driving new economic opportunities in the near future.


Some Intel stats show the Xeon 5500 series achieving – depending on the processor comparison and the application – twice, thrice and quadruple the performance levels for a total of 30 new world performance records. While performance is one thing to herald, another is its integrated intelligence such as automated energy efficiency enhancements to control energy consumption with up to 15 automated operating states, and a new Gigibit Ethernet controller for advanced virtualization technology. It’s all heady stuff. And the new design possibilities for the enterprise, data center and telecom space during next decade are mind-boggling.


For Kontron, it’s particular talent during the last couple of decades has been taking that great Intel silicon technology and converting it into exceptional single board computer products. Case in point is our use of the Intel Xeon 5500 series in two new products, namely – the AT8050 ATCA node blade and the KTC5520-EATX server board.


We’ll see many new applications in communications infrastructure, security, and storage to be driven by the Kontron ATCA blade, which will meet the demand for the necessary performance levels in thermally constrained environments. Using the Intel Xeon L5518 offers 2.13 GHz within a power level of 60 watts, plus a 7-year extended lifecycle support, thereby ensures the support of future technologies such LTE, WiMAX, video-on-demand and holographic communications.


At the server board level, the Kontron KTC5520 will be able to support the full gamut of processor flavors within the 5500 series, and will enable OEMs to build more flexible and energy-efficient servers for data center applications fully leveraged by virtualization technology.


The bottom line is vendors can build new network systems much more efficiently and get them to market in a more timely fashion and still devote more resources on doing what they do best – creating new ‘secret sauce’ software applications that make them more competitive in the long run.


Today’s market scenario is the right opportunity for TEMs to work with new innovative (i.e.: multi-core) technologies and open standard, carrier-grade off the shelf hardware to renew their focus on their core competencies.


It’s what we all strive for to achieve new levels of success. So, what’s your talent?