Twenty years in the past, Intel started holding an occasion it known as the Intel Developer Discussion board. The aim of the convention was to showcase the way forward for the pc trade from Intel’s perspective, with info on matters starting from future DRAM help and chipset options, to demos of latest Intel CPUs or main product initiatives the corporate meant to debut. Applied sciences like Optane, Broadwell 14nm benchmarks, Intel’s Quark CPU, Thunderbolt, the Pentium four Northwood, and RDRAM all debuted at or had been mentioned closely at numerous IDF conferences for the final twenty years.
At present, all of that involves an in depth. A brief message posted to the IDF 2017 board states:
Intel has advanced its occasion portfolio and determined to retire the IDF program transferring ahead. Thanks for almost 20 nice years with the Intel Developer Discussion board! Intel has numerous assets obtainable on intel.com, together with a Useful resource and Design Heart with documentation, software program, and instruments for designers, engineers, and builders. As all the time, our clients, companions, and builders ought to attain out to their Intel consultant with questions.
Intel had beforehand introduced that it might not maintain an IDF this 12 months in China, however had acknowledged that the occasion would have a “new format” in San Francisco. Intel will in all probability maintain some form of press occasions and unveils sooner or later, however these conventions clearly not map cleanly to the corporate’s prolonged product introduction cycles. Within the previous days, Intel would transfer its merchandise to new course of nodes pretty rapidly, and people chips would launch in pretty brief order as soon as the brand new nodes had been prepared. Now, we see a special sample. New nodes are solely launched after a number of “+” iterations (14nm, 14nm+, 14nm++, and so forth).
Intel lately launched extra info on their 10nm course of; the slides beneath element the enhancements the corporate has made, but additionally present how 14nm++ is predicted to supply larger efficiency than the initial run of 10nm, not less than so far as desktops are involved. This drawn out schedule could also be a part of why we’re seeing a shift to completely different timing and occasions.
One chance, subsequently, is that Intel has determined IDF not suits its wants as a result of it doesn’t actually launch desktop or cell components the best way it used to. With that stated, the purpose of IDF was all the time the “Builders” within the Intel Developer Discussion board. Different corporations used IDF to showcase know-how they had been creating, from next-gen platforms, to low-cost OLPC-like programs again in 2008 and 2009, to MIDs (keep in mind these?), to Thunderbolt. Intel additionally used the convention to speak about new options with related instruction units or capabilities (assume SSE, AVX, and so forth).
This info will clearly nonetheless be disclosed, however another way or convention. Presumably Intel will announce some form of alternative occasion in some unspecified time in the future, however for now, IDF as we knew it’s headed for the nice bit bucket within the sky.