System OEMs are hopeful that the combination of a strong Microsoft OS and feature-laden Intel processors will turn around a struggling PC market.
The company's holiday lineup includes new high-performance notebooks and a twisty convertible running Windows 10 on Intel's just-released processors.
Company officials expect the new processors combined with Microsoft's Windows 10 will revive a stagnant global PC market.
The industry is still hamstrung by global economic issues, a lack of new models and free Windows 10 upgrades, but two-in-ones offer hope.
A still stagnant PC market and weak corporate IT demand is still plaguing HP, though servers and networking were strong points in the third quarter.
SAN FRANCISCO—At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here this week, CEO Brian Krzanich noted that computing essentially is everywhere today, but that "what is changing is that computing and the computing experience are becoming personalized." Krzanich said that the evolution of computing going forward will be based on three assumptions: "sensification," or that sensory input from the systems—such as touch, sound and sight—will become increasingly personal; computing will be smart and connected via the Internet of things (IoT); and that the devices will become an "extension of you." Those assumptions formed the foundation of this year's IDF, with much of the focus being on the end user experience—from immersive gaming to devices to robots—and the software and hardware tools (such as RealSense 3D cameras and the Curie IoT module) that developers can use to provide and enhance those experiences. Flip through this eWEEK slide show for a look at some of the sights at Intel's three-day event.
SAN FRANCISCO—This year's Intel Developer Forum has a different vibe from past IDF shows. On the first day (Aug. 18), Intel touched on its upcoming 14-nanometer "Skylake" processors but spent much of the time on technologies going into the silicon that will improve the user experience and push what can be done in wearables, the Internet of things (IoT) and PC gaming. CEO Brian Krzanich touched on how Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology can be used in everything from robotics to games to more mobile devices, and its support for platforms beyond Windows and Android, including Linux and the Robot Operating System. Intel is expanding what it can do in wearables and IoT, from unveiling a software platform for the Quark-based Curie module to working with Microchip and Amtel to implement the chip maker's Enhanced Privacy Identification technology for improved security and privacy in connected devices. Chris Young, SVP and GM of Intel's Security Group, discussed strides the company is making in that arena, while Kirk Skaugen, SVP and GM of the Client Computing Group, and Doug Fisher, SVP and GM of the Software and Services Group, focused on the PC gaming market. (Photos courtesy of Intel)
The number of gamers and amount of money involved is proliferating, and Intel wants its products to be the technological foundation for the industry.
During the show's opening keynote, Intel's top executive focused on technologies that the company is putting into its silicon.
Dell is convinced that Chromebooks, notebook computers running Google's Chrome operating system, have a future as business PCs. To prove its point, Dell on Aug. 13 introduced the Chromebook 13, which includes several features that Dell says are aimed squarely at enterprise users. Dell not only makes the pitch by bundling these enterprise features in Google's operating system, but also relies on Google to make its own sales pitch that the Chrome OS is suitable for mobile users accessing cloud-based business apps. It's an interesting development that tests whether Chrome is becoming another viable alternative to Microsoft Windows as the business computing standard. To that end, Google is teaming up with major PC vendors to go after the corporate world. Will the Dell Chromebook 13 help Google advance the cause of Chrome OS adoption in the enterprise? This slide show takes a look at the Chromebook 13's features to help readers judge for themselves whether the notebook holds promise for business computing.
Businesses hoping to hang the massive Windows 10-powered device in their conference rooms have a little longer to wait.
For enterprise customers seeking a high-powered notebook, Lenovo has introduced one with a familiar brand name. But it's not just the brand that will impress them. The ThinkPad P70, part of the company's mobile workstation line, is based on Intel's Skylake processors and is one of the most powerful notebooks on the market. In fact, a key component in Lenovo's sales pitch on the P70 is that it's fully capable of handling "the most demanding Independent Software Vendor applications." For consumers, that might not mean much. But enterprise buyers are most interested in notebooks capable of running their most power-hungry business apps for workforces that are more mobile than ever. Lenovo, which has long catered to the enterprise, knows that and has delivered in the P70 a strong option from top to bottom. The P70 gets its processing power from Intel's 14nm CPU that the chip maker is describing as a server-class processor suitable for use in enterprise mobile workstations. Read on to learn more about the performance-centered Lenovo ThinkPad P70.
The ThinkPad P50 and P70 systems will be powered by Intel's new Xeon E3-1500M v5 processors and include Nvidia GPUs and a new cooling system.
Company officials say the 14nm processors will be aimed at engineers, architects and designers who want more performance in their mobile workstations.
The chip maker is doubling the bonuses for employees who refer minorities and women for Intel jobs, while investing in programs at Georgia Tech.