Intel: PC Form-Factors Are Blurring

Traditional PC Business Faces Huge Changes

by Anton Shilov
01/19/2013 | 01:26 PM

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.