Futurist Paul Saffo may have been the first to proclaim the PC dead, but he wasn’t alone. Over more than two decades, as networked devices, mobile devices and most recently tablets have come to market, a host of industry figures and observers have continued to predict the death of the PC.
Construction at Intel’s massive D1X computer chip development fab in Hillsboro, Ore is a multi-billion dollar facility expected to be the first 14nm factory in the world. Putting cutting edge manufacturing in the U.S. manufacturing, Intel has invested billions of dollars at this site over the past several years where the company’s leading- edge silicon R&D teams define and develop the recipes for manufacturing Intel chips in other production factories around the world. Construction is expected to continue with yet another expansion targeted to support the company’s 450mm wafer technology.
Intel’s Mr. Bluetooth - Retired chief power architect Jim Kardach recalls a 1997 assignment to design low-cost wireless into laptops, and how that led to the creation of Bluetooth technology that today allows 9 billion headsets, mobile phones, computers and other personal devices to connect wirelessly and securely.
The full story: The Man Who Named Bluetooth.
Analysts questioning how 7-inch tablets, convertible touchscreen notebooks will redefine PCs leading into the Consumer Electronics Show — Tablets, Competing Form Factors to Dominate CES 2013.
Tablets will take center stage at CES 2013, but Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, expects the focus to be on new 7-inch tablets. Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, says that these new tablets will face stiff competition from souped-up smartphones while more new 10-inch and larger tablets will be countered by new Ultrabook computers that convert from a thin notebook into a tablet. John Jackson, vice president at IDC, says this CES could reveal whether or not tablets remain a distinct device or is seen as a logical evolution of the PC.
As the first day comes to a close, much of these predictions came true, as there’s talk of high quality and value smartphones (and possibly an iPhone mini), marriage of phone and tablets dubbed phablets, convertible Ultrabook-tablets and adaptable table-top touch screen all-in-one PCs.
Rob Deline of the Intel PC Client Group said, “We were looking for any sweet spots. Do end users gravitate to a certain screen size? A certain folding mechanism? Detachable vs. non-detachable? Do they prefer low weight or thinness?”
Patterns of Predicting the End of Moore’s Law — VLSI Research’s Dan Hutcheson describes why young engineers want to prove wrong seasoned engineers. Video by IntelFreePress.
A more in-depth interview with Hutcheson: What’s the Outlook for the Semiconductor Industry?
Innovations such as large touchscreens as seen on this Lenovo all-in-one PC are making stationary computers more engaging and multi-functional than traditional desktops. An estimated 16.4 million AIOs are expected to sell this year, a 20 percent increase from 2011, according to research firm IHS. While total sales remain a fraction of 132.3 million traditional desktop PCs forecast to sell this year, AIO sales growth is attracting attention leading into the back to school shopping season.
Intel design teams often create their own internal logos on major projects like this one for Ivy Bridge, the moniker for the third generation Intel Core processor family. Here’s the off-beat story Ivy Bridge: Origin of a Codename.
Recent user testing shows that people want touch as part of their laptop computing experience. These research findings from Intel counter longstanding notions about touch-enabled displays on clamshell computers.
“Touchscreen on the display is ergonomically terrible for longer interactions,” Avi Greengart of Current Analysis said to Wired in 2010. In user testing conducted by Intel in Brazil, China, Italy and the United States, however, people embraced touch on laptop displays.
“People told me that touch on the laptop was intuitive, fun, immersive and freed them from the mouse and trackpad, especially when they discovered actions like flicking the screen to scroll up or down and navigate between tasks,” said Daria Loi, a user experience manager at Intel.
In testing Loi found that people spent 77 percent of the time touching the laptop screen while running through a variety of tasks such as surfing the Web, watching online video, viewing and editing photos and adjusting the laptop’s setting.
“Many people found touch on a laptop screen intuitive,” she said.
A mounting body of evidence finds that the spread of mobile technology is adding to news consumption, strengthening the appeal of traditional news brands and even boosting reading of long-form journalism. But the evidence also shows that technology companies are strengthening their grip on who profits, according to the 2012 State of the News Media report by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
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A rapid rebound from the 2008 global economic crisis, distribution of wealth across a growing middle class and more affordable prices are driving Russia to become the biggest PC market in Europe…surpassing Germany, the decades-long epicenter of PC demand.
Improved living standards, computer literacy and Internet access across Russia, combined with a significant drop in prices, are making PCs attractive and accessible to more people, according to IDC analyst Stefania Lorenz.
The computer technology behind NASA’s latest high definition photograph of Earth.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist Norman Kuring, who created the images, said that he did his data crunching on a custom-built 64-bit Linux desktop system powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU. “It’s just a grey box by my desk,” he said.
Kuring says his Intel-based machine began chewing through the tens of gigabytes of raw satellite data for each image when he went home to eat dinner. About 4 hours later the job was done.
Full story: Mother Earth in High-Def
New techniques, including advances in brain scans, are helping to reveal the hidden anatomy of brain wiring and giving scientists a new understanding of how thoughts, memories and emotions are formed. WSJ’s Robert Lee Hotz reports.
Implications for the ability of computers to match human intelligence.
Professor Stephen Hawking and highlights from his 70th birthday symposium at Cambridge University, The State of the Universe. And a look at Stephen Hawking’s New PC.