The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is always a good place to spot new emerging technologies. Much of it tends to center around Intel's current and future processor or chipset technologies but there's more to IDF than just that. Many exhibitors provide advanced technical insight as well as previews of their future technologies in action. Basically, if you see it here, then you know it's coming to the market in some form or another in the foreseeable future.
Intel Light Peak (Thunderbolt)
Intel Light Peak (ILP) has been on the radar for quite some time, but it's been the last few months where we've finally seen some more promising demonstrations of the performance and potential of this technology. This is good news for HD media users who are looking for a near perfect experience without a mess of unnecessary cables. Intel Light Peak utilizes light via a fiber optic link to connect components rather than legacy USB or network cabling. Have a "peak" at what's coming...
As shown above professionals will be especially interested in seeing ILP workstation class IO performance to the laptop. The interface definitely shows promise as well as a very fast alternative to moving large amounts of data in just about any capacity. We were told there were a lot more hardware supporting possibilities for ILP technology.
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) and GlideTV
If you thought Intel's integrated CPU graphics processors were weak, think again. Intel has transformed their Core i3 and i5 processors integrated HD graphics in to video streaming capable devices. With the help of the Intel supported software, any Core i3/i5 HD graphic laptop can transmit video content to your HDTV with just a small receiver. The goal for the future is to stream directly to any HDTV without the need for any supporting hardware.
GlideTV is definitely one robust digital friendly option and could very well be an easy to use alternative to Apple's AppleTV product in the near future. Especially with an introductory price of $49.99US.
RealTek Dual-Band Wireless Technology
When you hear the name Realtek, it's usually associated with integrated LAN controllers and audio codecs found on motherboards. These two integrated handy money saving features will soon be accompanied by a new Wi-Fi Direct sibling for future laptop and desktop computers.
RealTek streamed movie content to an HDTV using their latest 2T2R Dual Band Concurrent Wireless LAN Controller as shown above is a very cool thing to see. The IEEE 802.11N dual spatial stream solution transmits data easily via two transmitting and two receiving paths. It's not an entirely new concept, but the size and ease of implementation of Realtek's 2T2R has created more HD streaming possibilities.
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