Intel's New No. 2 Executive Outlines Chip Maker's IoT Future
He also stressed that Intel will continue to play in the PC and mobile spaces, despite reports that officials are looking to distance the chip maker from both. What needs to be understood is that the definitions of each are changing. The mobile space is no longer just about smartphones, but about the billions of devices that are making up the IoT—including phones, tablets and PCs. It also means connectivity, such as LTE and 5G modems, radio frequency, WiFi, Bluetooth and Ethernet, for devices, networking and storage appliances. "We're aligning our products and architectures to an entire panorama of smart and connected devices, and in so doing, we're enabling exciting new experiences," the executive wrote. "We are not exiting mobile, but we are broadening its definition to make it synonymous with the interconnectedness of the more than 50 billion 'things.'" Similarly, compute is more than just PCs and servers, but encompasses those devices connected via networks. The PC is changing, but it continues to be crucial to Intel's future. "The PC is foundational to our compute strategy and to our business," Renduchintala wrote. "It's an engine that creates critical shared IP that drives innovation across our entire product portfolio. Intel will continue to deliver an annual cadence of leadership performance and innovation in our PC and broader computing roadmap, with a focus on key growth opportunities in 2 in 1s, gaming and home gateways."Intel has the hardware and software assets for this transition, which Renduchintala said is why he is "bullish on Intel." "I'm resolute in my belief that Intel is the only company on the planet that can do all of this from one end of the network to the other, delivering unique value to our customers," he wrote.
SoCs, which had been aimed at smartphones and tablets, will now be aimed at IoT devices, from drones and robots to PCs, cars, retail systems and smartphones, he said.