New Intel Mobile Products, Initiatives to Simplify, Accelerate Developer Innovation
The announcements included a new family of 22nm multi-core SoCs for tablets, 2 in 1s, all-in-ones, desktops and other compute devices, new Chromebooks using processors based on the Haswell microarchitecture and the availability of 4th generation Intel Core vPro processors for business users. Disclosures were detailed in speeches by Doug Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group, Hermann Eul, corporate vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group, and Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group.
Other disclosures included new capabilities added to the Intel cloud services platform that address developers' needs to cater to the growing enterprise and service provider markets, and a range of new software tools and capabilities across multiple operating environments, including Android, Chrome* and Windows.
"As mobility becomes more personal and personalized, Intel is innovating to address this shift by creating a set of new services, user experiences and designs for consumers and also IT managers and business users to choose from," said Fisher. "Our strategy is to help ensure Intel architecture offers the best experience across all devices, operating environments and price points."
Doug Fisher, Corporate VP and GM, Software and Services Group
Fisher outlined the growing business opportunities that multiple ecosystems present to the developers as users demand a consistent experience across all their devices. He announced a series of Intel software tools, technologies and initiatives that will help developers create cross-platform experiences.
Fisher cited as an example the Intel XDK NEW software tool that is part of the new Intel HTML5 development environment and helps developers create HTML5 apps that can be written once and run across devices and operating environments.
Fisher introduced the latest lineup of Chromebooks using Intel processors based on the Haswell microarchitecture, including a lead design from HP*, followed by systems from Acer*, ASUS* and Toshiba*. Chromebooks are another example of Intel's unique software strategy to support multiple operating environments that run best on Intel architecture, thereby increasing user choice.
Welcoming Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai to the stage, Fisher emphasized Intel's commitment to helping ensure the best Google experience is available on Intel architecture, with Android and Chromebooks. Next to Google, Intel is a large contributor to Android and has been working closely with Google and the developer ecosystem to optimize Intel architecture for Android and Chrome.
Fisher also welcomed on stage Gonzague Vallois, senior vice president of publishing at Gameloft, who said the company, a leading developer of mobile games, is now optimizing a large part of its portfolio for Android and Intel architecture.
Furthermore, Fisher announced Intel is enabling 64-bit kernel support for Android, providing developers with more than 4GB system memory to help enable better performance for applications, provide new memory configurations for consumers and help pave the way for Ultra-HD video in mobile devices.
As more mobile devices connect to the Internet, there is a growing need to deliver applications and services for a rich user experience. To help developers monetize this opportunity, Intel cloud services provides capabilities that can be used to create applications and games, aimed at businesses and consumers.
Fisher demonstrated how capabilities from the Intel cloud services platform can help developers build robust cross-platform applications utilizing APIs and cloud services. He showcased building a B2B cloud service using the Intel XDK NEW and API services from recently acquired companies Aepona and Mashery, and the Intel cloud services platform.
Fisher concluded by highlighting the Intel Developer Zone (IDZ), which offers tremendous value to the developers as a one-stop shop for Intel software tools in maximizing their development efforts across many form factors, platforms, operating systems and HTML5.
Hermann Eul, Corporate VP and GM, Mobile and Communications Group
Emphasizing that technology is becoming more personal and pervasive, Eul addressed the rising expectations around personalization and performance in mobile devices. He outlined how the company is taking full advantage of the broad spectrum of capabilities enabled by its design, architecture, leading-edge transistor technology and manufacturing to deliver the best products with Intel inside.
Eul described the Silvermont microarchitecture as "an extraordinary achievement of engineering." He added that building a world-class SoC first begins with a great CPU core, and through Silvermont Intel is delivering efficient cores that can very quickly scale up and down in performance and power to address a vast range of market and device needs.
Building on this foundation, Eul announced a family of multi-core, low-power SoCs for tablets, 2 in 1s and other compute devices scheduled to come to market in the fourth quarter of this year from leading OEMs including Acer, ASUS, Dell*, Lenovo* and Toshiba.