INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2013 – Intel Corporation executives today outlined the company’s plan to deliver a steady cadence of new mobile hardware and software technologies and told the thousands of developers and industry leaders gathered here that advances in Intel technology will help break down barriers around complexity, bringing new opportunities for innovation, collaboration and speed-to-market.
The announcements included a new family of 22nm multi-core SoCs for tablets, 2 in 1s, all-in-ones, desktops and other compute devices, new Chromebooks using processors based on the Haswell microarchitecture and the availability of 4th generation Intel® Core™ vPro processors for business users. Disclosures were detailed in speeches by Doug Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group, Hermann Eul, corporate vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group, and Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group.
Other disclosures included new capabilities added to the Intel cloud services platform that address developers’ needs to cater to the growing enterprise and service provider markets, and a range of new software tools and capabilities across multiple operating environments, including Android, Chrome* and Windows.
“As mobility becomes more personal and personalized, Intel is innovating to address this shift by creating a set of new services, user experiences and designs for consumers and also IT managers and business users to choose from,” said Fisher. “Our strategy is to help ensure Intel® architecture offers the best experience across all devices, operating environments and price points.”
Doug Fisher, Corporate VP and GM, Software and Services Group
Fisher outlined the growing business opportunities that multiple ecosystems present to the developers as users demand a consistent experience across all their devices. He announced a series of Intel software tools, technologies and initiatives that will help developers create cross-platform experiences.
Fisher cited as an example the Intel XDK NEW software tool that is part of the new Intel HTML5 development environment and helps developers create HTML5 apps that can be written once and run across devices and operating environments.
Fisher introduced the latest lineup of Chromebooks using Intel processors based on the Haswell microarchitecture, including a lead design from HP*, followed by systems from Acer*, ASUS* and Toshiba*. Chromebooks are another example of Intel’s unique software strategy to support multiple operating environments that run best on Intel architecture, thereby increasing user choice.
Welcoming Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai to the stage, Fisher emphasized Intel’s commitment to helping ensure the best Google experience is available on Intel architecture, with Android and Chromebooks. Next to Google, Intel is a large contributor to Android and has been working closely with Google and the developer ecosystem to optimize Intel architecture for Android and Chrome.
Fisher also welcomed on stage Gonzague Vallois, senior vice president of publishing at Gameloft, who said the company, a leading developer of mobile games, is now optimizing a large part of its portfolio for Android and Intel architecture.
Furthermore, Fisher announced Intel is enabling 64-bit kernel support for Android, providing developers with more than 4GB system memory to help enable better performance for applications, provide new memory configurations for consumers and help pave the way for Ultra-HD video in mobile devices.
As more mobile devices connect to the Internet, there is a growing need to deliver applications and services for a rich user experience. To help developers monetize this opportunity, Intel cloud services provides capabilities that can be used to create applications and games, aimed at businesses and consumers.
Fisher demonstrated how capabilities from the Intel cloud services platform can help developers build robust cross-platform applications utilizing APIs and cloud services. He showcased building a B2B cloud service using the Intel XDK NEW and API services from recently acquired companies Aepona and Mashery, and the Intel cloud services platform.
Fisher concluded by highlighting the Intel Developer Zone (IDZ), which offers tremendous value to the developers as a one-stop shop for Intel software tools in maximizing their development efforts across many form factors, platforms, operating systems and HTML5.
Hermann Eul, Corporate VP and GM, Mobile and Communications Group
Emphasizing that technology is becoming more personal and pervasive, Eul addressed the rising expectations around personalization and performance in mobile devices. He outlined how the company is taking full advantage of the broad spectrum of capabilities enabled by its design, architecture, leading-edge transistor technology and manufacturing to deliver the best products with Intel inside.
Eul described the Silvermont microarchitecture as “an extraordinary achievement of engineering.” He added that building a world-class SoC first begins with a great CPU core, and through Silvermont Intel is delivering efficient cores that can very quickly scale up and down in performance and power to address a vast range of market and device needs.
Building on this foundation, Eul announced a family of multi-core, low-power SoCs for tablets, 2 in 1s and other compute devices scheduled to come to marketing the fourth quarter of this year from leading OEMs including Acer, ASUS, Dell*, Lenovo* and Toshiba.
The Intel® Atom™ Z3000 Processor Series is the company’s first mobile quad-core SoC and its most powerful offering to-date for tablets and other sleek mobile designs. The full system brings a powerful balance of performance, battery life and rich features in sleek designs with 10-plus hours of active battery life and up to three weeks of standby with an always-connected mobile experience1.
The latest SoCs provide Intel’s customers flexibility by enabling one hardware configuration that supports Windows 8 and Android, allowing them to offer a range of devices at price points that meet the varied needs of consumers and business users.
Eul also highlighted the importance of wireless connectivity as 4G networks, media-rich applications and smart devices drive the need for advances in communications technology. He said the Intel® XMM 7160 modem is now shipping. The LTE modem is one of the world’s smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband solutions offering global LTE roaming in a single SKU.
Looking forward, Eul said that Intel’s next-generation XMM 7260 modem is scheduled for 2014 and will bring support for carrier aggregation, faster speeds and support for TD-LTE. He also highlighted Intel’s “Merrifield” platform for 2014 smartphone and tablet designs. Taking advantage of the versatile 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, Merrifield will enable 50 percent performance improvements and battery life increases over the current-generation “Clover Trail+” product and will bring support for advanced imaging, contextual awareness and personal services via an integrated sensor hub, and increased data, device and privacy protection.
Kirk Skaugen, SVP and GM, PC Client Group
Skaugen said personal computing is being reinvented with 2 in 1 devices, greater operating system choice and new user experiences. With the new 2 in 1 category, consumers benefit from a device that blends the power of a PC and the mobility of a tablet.
Ultrabooks have been a major driver of innovation in the PC industry, inspiring sleeker designs, many with touch capability. Today laptops with touch are available for less than $450. With the introduction of new Pentium and Celeron processors, formerly codenamed “Bay Trail” M and D, Skaugen said Intel expects 2 in 1 devices to hit price points as low as $349 starting this year, and clamshells as low as $199. He said the new chips will also power a variety of affordable laptops, desktop PCs and all-in-ones. Skaugen invited Tami Reller, executive vice president at Microsoft Corporation, on stage to talk about how the two companies were collaborating to offer enhanced mobile experiences, while preserving full compatibility. They gave attendees a peek into some of the new features on Windows 8.1.
Building on the introduction of 4th generation Intel Core™ processors last June, Skaugen announcedthe availability of new 4th generation Intel® Core™ vPro™processors for business computing. Intel is bridging the needs of business workers who require flexibility to create and collaborate with those of IT managers who are entrusted with safeguarding and maintaining these devices with an eye on costs. The new processor family offers enhanced manageability, hardware-based security, improved productivity and collaboration; all within a variety of computing devices suited to meet business needs including tablets, 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks, laptops, all-in-ones and desktop PCs.
“The dynamics of business computing have changed dramatically in the last several years and Intel is delivering its broadest range of business solutions ever,” said Skaugen. “The new 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors provide features that both enterprise workers and IT managers want: exciting form factors including 2 in 1s, Ultrabooks and touch-based laptops with security built in, easy automation, and new compute models that are both flexible and secure. There is also a new range of built-in hardware features specifically targeted at increasing business productivity.”
Mario Mueller, vice president of IT Infrastructure at BMW, joined Skaugen on stage and said the car manufacturer is heavily investing in the vPro-based systems as they see tremendous business value in the platform from a security and productivity standpoint.
Looking forward, Skaugen said Intel will raise the bar again with the forthcoming 14nm processor platform, codenamed “Broadwell,” expected to be available in 2014, which will bring higher levels of performance, a broad range of fanless systems and longer battery life.
Skaugen then detailed some of the progress happening in perceptual computing. He shared the recent availability of the Creative Senz3D* Interactive Gesture Camera that has multi-dimensional gaming, video conferencing and voice control, which can be purchased at Creative.com and soon from Dell, Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect. Skaugen concluded by showing the first all in one PC and laptop reference designs with an integrated interactive gesture camera and noted the camera would be integrated into future devices from ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo in 2014.
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