As I’ve written in a couple of recent blog posts, there’s a multi-core and SFF technology for so many different uses including some pretty surprising ones. Almost want to pinch myself just to see if I’m dreaming all this. Reality, of course, shows that multi-core is not everywhere yet. Looking to the horizon, we can see the follow on to the Intel® Core 2 Duo processor and GS45 and ICH9Mchipset platform as well as a more advanced system-on-ship Intel® Atom™ solution. That’s been a recurring multi-core dream for me and maybe for you too. We can’t make really progress with a technology unless that migration path is considered.
On my mind are all of the applications where Kontron multi-core and Atom based solutions (i.e. ETXexpress-PC, KTGM45-mITX, plus the new pITX-SP and ETX-DC) have been designed in. And the migration path on the way for these is the stuff that dreams are made of. From very small mobile devices that need power efficiency and instant-on capability (i.e. served by nanoETXexpress-SP based solutions paired with QNX fast boot technology) to transportation apps that need to be fully-functional even in harsh conditions and on to communications systems, test and measurement tools and so much more. For these designs, having a drop-in replacement is essential. Having next-gen solutions that allow the designers not only to keep their current features, but to add to them as well is the ideal we’re dreaming of. Whether its better integrated graphics and I/O support, multi-tasking enabled by hyper-threading, efficiencies created by virtualization, improved security care of active management technology (AMT) and trusted execution technology (TxT), or another new technology on the way, the pathway to the future seems even brighter -- Maybe it’s like the original “Wizard of Oz” when Dorathy ventures out of the house after the twister lands her in Munchkinland, we go from a content life of lots of shades of grey to brilliant full color.
Okay, so maybe that last bit about Oz is a stretch. Or, is it? Right now, what we think will be possible with future multi-core technology is dreams. How we use those new technologies is what takes dreams and makes them reality.
What are you dreaming of doing with multi-core today, tomorrow, and beyond?
Christine Van De Graaf