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The outgoing chief executive officer of Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, believes that form-factors of personal computers are beginning to blur as media tablets and slates are gaining performance and feature-set comparable to traditional desktops and notebooks.

“The PC business, as we have known it and as it is evolving and I would include tablets in that because as we look forward, it is very difficult to distinguish between a detachable, clamshell notebook and a tablet,” said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel.

As portable electronics ceased to be expensive supporting devices, end-users started to expect high-quality experience from mobile gadgets. While Apple’s iPad supports word processors and spreadsheets, it does not feature PC-like experience. Meanwhile, loads of PCs are becoming thinner and smaller.

“The form-factors are going to blur here. The performance requirements are going to be the same spectrum of performance requirements that we think we have seen in the PC space over the last two years,” elaborated Mr. Otellini.

Tags: Intel, Haswell, Broadwell, 22nm

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I think differently than what Mr Otellini have said. The "form-factors" will not merge, but coincide with each other like notebooks and desktops did. If tablets have very good speech recognition, hunt-n-pecking will be less and efficiency go upward. People still use notebooks or desktops because some people are faster using a keyboard than they are of talking, so Intel or Otellini needs to stop saying the desktop or notebook form factor is obsolete. Ten years from now I am still planning to use a desktop. Intel really needs to stop with this nonsense.

Intel sounds arrogant that their processors are enough for all people. There are few percentage of people that needs a general purpose processor or CPU to advance to the need performance level every 18 months or so because for them time is money. A GPGPU is still far fetch for those people and not everything can run efficiently on a GPGPU.
1 1 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 01/19/13 06:09:47 PM]
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Intel sounds arrogant that their processors are enough for all people.
Intel has been in business for 40 years; if anything, it is arrogant to dismiss the idea that they know their own customers and/or the changing demands of their customers better. Their confidence is reflected in their share of the market. Though we could say it is arrogance towards predicting the needs of the portion adhering to AMD and others. It depends on how you look at it.

Ten years from now I am still planning to use a desktop. Intel really needs to stop with this nonsense.
On one hand, Otellini will be stepping down soon, what do you expect him to say on behalf of his company with respect to what they are working on that won't appear for years and who those products are ultimately targeted to?

On the other hand, get over it because there is nothing you can do about it-- strike that: We speak with our wallets, and as long as we keep buying Intel then we support their nonsensical rants. If you want to complain, do it by affecting their bottomline: Boycott Intel.

I for one do not feel threatened by talk of desktop PC obsolescence, and neither should anyone. Like the last few years, Intel will have a place for us, even ten years from now. It may be more expensive and possibly soldered down-- thus effectively evolving into a type of console-- but it is not like we will settle for anything less, so I do not see the big deal.
0 1 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 01/20/13 10:42:06 PM]
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You read too much into what I comment on. What I mean as Intel being arrogant is that statement that PC form-factors will be the thing of the past. There will be notebooks or desktops that will work together with tablets. Notebooks or desktops will flip-flop between being a workstation that a user will use and then a server that the tablet will use to store data.

It seems you dislike Intel. Right now, they are the only company that is going forward. AMD has no care to make 80x86 processors to compete at the same level as Intel, so trying to boycott Intel is stupid. The only way to boycott Intel is go with ARM based systems. ARM processors are basically niche market processors, so it is a catch-22. Trying to boycott Intel and then hit a obstacle to just want a desktop or a desktop that has upgradeable components. Going with AMD is not going to save the day of the catch-22 infinite loop.

Creating a console based system is not good because not easy to upgrade memory, CPU, graphics when these components becomes the bottom neck of future computing tasks. People usually buy want they need now, but prefer to upgrade later when they have the money. Throwing away a console based computer is very wasteful and it gets expensive.

Solder based business of computers works OK for Apple because of the OS and hardware integration. Not all Apple users like that type of business method. Those people prefer to buy an Apple computer with minimal RAM and then upgrade the memory later as a DIY project and it is cheaper.

Yes vote or speak with your wallet is only thing I agree with your comment. I will be buy separate components that are easily upgradeable and interchangeable.
0 0 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 01/21/13 05:09:53 PM]
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Whilst there is a dominate O/S the two chip makers are tied to it. The rest of the computer industry have a choice without one dominate player dictating their development. If PC sales are falling it is due to the public looking for an alternative non discriminatory O/S which has Legacy and a Walled in ecosystem., which it has had and ruthlessly pursued its own interests, whilst the chip makers did its bidding. As Dillion sang " Times are a changing." The share price is what drives all listed co's and on Friday look what happened to Intel's share price.
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