IDF Spring 2006 has concluded and Intel has finally let the cat out of the bag in regards to their next generation microarchitecture, now known as the Core microarchitecture. Most of this IDF has actually revolved around the Core microarchitecture with a heavy focus on energy optimizations. Intel has announced a great deal of things on the desktop, mobile and digital home segments with roadmaps made clear on the new platforms throughout the year and well into 2007.
As CeBIT ran back-to-back with IDF, Intel used the tradeshow as a launch platform for some of their new chipsets like 'Broadwater' (the 965 Express family) and Averill Pro Business platforms. While Intel talked at length about the UMPC at IDF, it was finally launched at CeBIT as well. Microsoft then announced that their very secret Origami Project is indeed the UMPC, which confirmed suspicions that Intel and Microsoft have been working hand in hand to bring the UMPC out. But as Intel has been showcasing the device for more than a year, why all the secrecy on Microsoft's part?
Another interesting IDF drama that unfolded during the last days of IDF was the report that Windows Vista will not have EFI support at all during its launch with the possibility that Microsoft will only include EFI support in the next Longhorn Server version instead.
We'll close up IDF Spring 2006 with some insights into Intel's enterprise endeavors and projects that have been spotted.