Intel to Talk IoT, Wearables, Server Chips at IDF

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-08-31 Print this article Print
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Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, told eWEEK a key to Grantley will be the improved power efficiency. It will enable businesses to either do the same amount of work with fewer systems that take up less space and consume less power, or increase the compute density in the space they're using now. It's a good situation for enterprises, Moorhead said.

Another mega session will address what Intel is calling PC reinvention and innovation, a key focus of the company over the past few years as competition from tablets and smartphones has fueled the contraction of worldwide PC sales. According to Gartner and IDC analysts as well as executives at companies like Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, the PC market has begun to stabilize, in part because of Microsoft's decision to end support of Windows XP in April. Other factors include PC innovations that have led to systems that are increasingly thinner and lighter, with longer battery lives and lower costs.

In August, Intel showed off the upcoming 14-nanometer Core M "Broadwell Y" SoC architecture that will enable OEMs to build fanless two-in-one devices—which can be used as a traditional laptop or a tablet—that will be able to compete with tablets in such areas as performance, battery live and price.

"It's very important because, with Broadwell, it's the first time someone's developed a platform and chip that will give customers [who need to decide between a PC or tablet] a really hard decision," Moorhead said.

Users with 4-year-old PCs who are considering a new system will now have the option of a convertible notebook that is close to tablets in size and portability, offers 10 hours of battery life and comes with a much improved Windows 8 operating system.

"This is interesting because the industry is finally delivering on its promise," Moorhead said.



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