Intel’s latest processor, the i7, has Indian flavour to it. The new chip that caters to computers requiring high processing power was partly developed on technologies developed in India, and a global team led by an Indian gave the finishing touches.
Kaizad R Mistry, an IIT Mumbai graduate from 1984 batch, manages development of Intel’s 45nm logic technology. The technology is being used for the first time on i7. Mistry is vice-president of Technology and Manufacturing Group, and director of Logic Technology Integration. He is also responsible for directing process development activities for Intel's logic technologies.
The India story does not end in Mumbai.
A critical part of i7’s architecture was designed at the Bangalore-based Intel India Development Centre (IIDC), which has staff strength of 2,500 people. The first among new generation processors, i7 has features that enable any one or two cores of the processor to be idle, thereby increasing efficiency and saving power. The processor is actually a group of four processors, or cores, built into one. A modified and scaled down version of i7 is in the pipeline.
“The IIDC has played a critical part in designing this processor, which is targeted at high end graphic-intensive software,” said Prakash Bagri, director marketing, Intel South Asia. The processor was launched in India on Tuesday.
The IIDC has earlier played a role in Intel’s Xeon processor, used in servers. The product development teams at IIDC have also worked on several CPU and chipset products in areas of enterprise and mobility. It is now expanding its high-end technology research and development efforts to include areas like mobile Internet devices and health platforms.