In his keynote at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini says that "personal computing" has now expanded beyond the PC to almost every kind of electronic device, transforming the industry.
"Computing is no longer confined to your computer – it's everywhere," Otellini says. "Advances in connectivity, intuitive user interfaces, immersive content and computer chip performance have allowed computing to move into new areas. Computing moving into all manner of devices and experiences all around us improves our personal productivity and enjoyment."
Otellini described how Intel and the industry are delivering the vision he painted in his keynote two years ago at CES. Computing is being integrated into every relevant aspect of people's lives, he says, whether they are on their computer or smartphone, watching TV, in the car or out shopping. A seamless personalised experience tailored to individuals' interests, needs and social networks will deliver the information, entertainment and experiences people want, whenever, however and wherever they want.
To illustrate his point, Otellini demonstrated advances in mobile device applications, 3-D content, smarter phones and TVs, and areas traditionally not associated with computing such as home energy management and digital signage.
As an example of new ways to connect computing devices in the home, Otellini unveiled Intel Wireless Display. Using a laptop powered by select 2010 Intel Core processors and enabled with this display technology, he says, an individual can quickly stream videos, photos and other content from the PC to the HDTV over a WiFi connection.
"Computing in the home is rapidly expanding beyond the PC," Otellini says. "The TV will continue to be a focal point of the home while becoming smarter, much in the way phones are evolving into smartphones. New user interfaces and forms of connectivity will change the way we interact with entertainment in the home."
Otellini also described how advancements in microprocessor technology will continue to transform how people enjoy 3-D movies and TV in their homes. To prove his point, he showed new ways to visually search for TV shows, Internet access to videos and other applications on a yet-to-be introduced Orange media set-top box powered by one of Intel's computer-on-a-chip products.
"Two years ago I showed a suite of futuristic, compute-intensive applications for handheld devices," Otellini says. "The computing was really done on a desktop PC behind the curtain because handhelds didn't have the processing capability yet. Two years later, the future is here."
Otellini then demonstrated how multi-tasking capabilities combined with new user interfaces are creating exciting new applications for smartphones today. This included the world's first demonstration of the LG GW990 smartphone to illustrate the performance and software compatibility of Moorestown, Intel's next-generation platform for handhelds and smartphones.
Otellini also described how many machines and applications traditionally not associated with computing are now connecting to the Internet, creating more personal computing experiences at home and out in the world. Examples include infotainment systems for cars, digital interactive signs, shopping kiosks and medical devices.
Intel's Atom processor is making inroads in these and other intelligent devices, Otellini says, and customers are in the process of developing 2 500 different devices and machines powered by it, including a concept device for managing energy consumption in the home.