Otellini's IDF talk hits on smart devices, software

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, CEO Paul Otellini tells how the company's pending acquisitions will help it address the next wave of computing.

Brooke Crothers Former CNET contributor
Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
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Intel CEO Paul Otellini at IDF
Intel CEO Paul Otellini speaking Monday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. James Martin/CNET

SAN FRANCISCO--At the Intel Developer Forum on Monday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini devoted considerable portions of his keynote address to smart devices and Intel's expanding software businesses.

Otellini led off with a stat, saying that the current number of 2.8 billion smart devices worldwide will double by 2014. "No single device is going to meet the demand for pervasive computing," he said.

Intel's plan to address the smart-device market is to tap into its planned acquisitions of Infineon and of Texas Instruments' cable modem division.

"Infineon is a leader in 3G and cellular. Together we're leaders in delivering LTE technology," Otellini said, referring to a 4G technology that rivals Intel's longstanding WiMax 4G technology. He also said that the TI acquisition will boost Intel's presence in smart TVs.

To demonstrate smart TVs, Otellini brought out someone who did a demo of a Facebook page on Google TV--which could hit the market this month--in which the Facebook page displayed an embedded TV program and game sharing.

Intel showed off a WiDi-capable tablet that can control an external display wirelessly.
Intel showed off a WiDi-capable tablet that can control an external display wirelessly. Brooke Crothers

Intel is also investing heavily in software. Its planned $7.68 billion acquisition of security company McAfee marks an opportunity to "offer secure capabilities across all Intel connected devices," Otellini said. "Move to a known good model. A trusted machine that only allows trusted software. Hardware and software can only do this together. That was the fundamental reason why we acquired McAfee."

Intel's next-generation Sandy Bridge architecture was also a major focus of the keynote session. The initial "second-generation Core i series" processors are due early next year, Otellini said.

"Sandy Bridge puts the whole PC on a single piece of silicon," said David "Dadi" Perlmutter, an executive vice president and co-general manager of Intel's Intel Architecture Group. Sandy Bridge will combine the graphics chip function with the main processor--a first for an Intel mainstream processor.