Feeds

Intel plans for digital planet

Think different, developers told

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

IDF Fall '04 Intel has called on its developer community to recognise that it's designing for a digital planet now, and urged developers to think differently in approaching both established and emerging markets.

In his keynote address at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco, Intel President Paul Otellini revealed little detail about the company's product plans, focusing instead on what he says will be the main trends driving the market: communications, convergence, and the spread of technology into emerging markets.

According to Otellini, growth in the communications market has already eclipsed the dotcom boom; he predicted that 2004 would see the computer industry in its best shape since the 90s. Alongside this, device convergence - in particular the transformation of the phone into a data device - has created a whole new industry. "What we are seeing now is the surge after the bubble", he said.

Another important growth area will be the "next three billion users"; the new markets that are emerging. By 2010, Asian users will account for 37 per cent of the connected population. Tapping into this market will be the key to growth, according to Otellini.

"We are seeding markets for products," he said. "We're educating teachers to think about integrating technology into the curriculum, for example."

Intel's selling prices are roughly comparable whichever country it sells in, but Otellini acknowledged that price point is an issue in some of the newer markets. This will ensure that desktops continue to outsell notebooks globally, doing so until notebooks can be priced competitively with their larger cousins.

In the more established markets, he said that there is a shift away from looking to the bare MHz and GHz figures to get a guide to a device's performance. Form factor, security, wireless technology and manageability are increasingly important to users, and require a shift in attitude from Intel and its partners. ®

Related stories

Beastly Itanium delayed until Q4
AMD heralds OS support for dual-core CPUs
Microsoft sees sluggish PC growth ahead

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.