Our Interview With Rajesh Gupta, Director – Sales and Marketing Group, INTEL SOUTH ASIA, had quite a few questions and Mr. Gupta has taken the time to answer as many as possible. Here are the addressed queries.

1. When can we expect the brain-reading device to be ready & will it be used by all the governments? What about the accuracy in results expected from this device?—Dakshay Desai

We are unaware of such a products device being developed by Intel or some other vendor so can’t comment on this.

2. Intel was part of the Rs 10,000 PC initiative. We have heard nothing about that for a while. When are you planning to launch it?—Amit Khosla

Intel participated in several initiatives with different vendors in India to get a value Computer made available in the market. There was a joint initiative with HCL and BSNL on a WiMax enabled PC , We also worked with channel community in making an Atom processor based desktop made available widely across markets for Rs 10990 onwards. Intel will continue to work collaboratlively with our ecosystem partners in bringing good low cost and value systems in the market for appropriate user segments in future also, besides best in class mainstream PCs and high end systems.

3. How soon can we expect products based on Light Peak technology? Also, can you brief us on the advantages that it will bring & the applications/sectors that will benefit the most from it. How will it affect the power consumption & the heat generated? Can you throw some light on the things to come in the future.—Kartik Kotadia

Light Peak is the code-name for a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more.
Existing electrical cable technology in mainstream computing devices is approaching practical limits for speed and length, due to electro-magnetic interference (EMI) and other issues. However, optical technology, used extensively in data centers and telecom communications, does not have these limitations since it transmits data using light instead of electricity. Light Peak brings this optical technology to mainstream computing and consumer electronic devices in a cost-effective manner.

We expect that the components will be ready to ship in 2010. Over time, the optical components, designed to be small, easy to manufacture and affordable, are expected to enjoy the economies of scale that other components have in the computing and consumer electronics industries.
Intel is working with the optical component manufacturers to make Light Peak components ready to ship in 2010, and will work with the industry to determine the best way to make this new technology a standard to accelerate its adoption on a plethora of devices including PCs, handheld devices, workstations, consumer electronic devices and more. Light Peak is complementary to existing I/O technologies, as it enables them to run together on a single cable at higher speeds. The Light Peak initiative builds on Intel’s commitment in working with the industry on existing I/O standards, and provides a path to continued progress into the future.

4. While the wireless display is amazing, I see only few family of processors do support this. What are the system requirements?—Thanigai

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