In Beijing, Intel had their annual developer bash at which the company expounds its vision for the future of technology with a vast array of topics covered in keynotes and other technical presentations. For Windows Home Server and digital home enthusiasts, a couple of technical sessions caught the eye. Firstly, Edmmund Hu’s “Designing a World Class Windows Home Server Using the Intel Atom Processor” covers the hardware requirements for Windows Home Server v1 and highlights the benefits of Intel’s Atom D410/D510 processors combined with the Intel Storage Platform Codename “Bandon”. Motherboards utilising new Bandon platform are now starting to appear in the channel, including SuperMicro’s X7SPA-HF. The platform offers 6 SATA ports, 2 eSATA ports with port multiplication compatibility, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and flash RAM for headless recovery – ideal for a low power home server. For HTPC enthusiasts, “Building the Coolest Home Theater PC Using Intel HD Graphics” outlines Intel’s HD Graphics Platform, integrated into the chip manufacturer’s Core i3, i5 and i7 platforms. Core i5 in particular seems to be a great solution for a HTPC, and combined with one of Intel’s new H57 Mini-ITX motherboards can form the basis of a really great media solution with a small footprint.
More Info: Intel Developer Forum Website