IDF 2013 Day One Keynote Review: Intel App Show for Developers

IDF 2013 was one exciting week, with exhibits, demos, and hundreds of thousands of developers taking in the best of Intel technology. One of the many highlights on the first day’s agenda were keynotes given by new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and new President Renee James, who gave their first IDF keynotes at the Moscone Center on IDF opening day, touching on such subjects as datacenters, ultra-mobile devices such as tablets, phones and wearables, and “lifestyle computing”.

This week, Intel’s App Show for Developers featured community managers Bob Duffy and Eric Mantion summing up their reactions to Day One’s keynotes.  In the video shown below, we hear that the keynotes kicked off a “different vibe for IDF”, and that this year’s keynote is the “best they’ve ever seen.”

 You can watch both keynotes online in their entirety:

There was definitely a different “feel” to the keynotes, with Mr. Krzanich and Ms. James giving opening keynotes separately then coming back together for a combined Q and A that was open to everyone.  The emphasis –a s always at IDF – was definitely on technology, with a focus on how technology can help you live your life to the fullest; i.e., lifestyle computing.

Intel Quark processor family

One of the more exciting announcements for Bob and Eric was the introduction of the Intel Quark processor family. The Intel Quark processor family will extend Intel’s reach to multiple computing segments, and is especially designed for form factors that will take advantage of lower power and size vs. higher performance:

“As an example of how Intel will continue to use its manufacturing and architectural leadership to push further into lower power regimes, Krzanich announced the Intel Quark processor family. The new lower-power products will extend Intel's reach to growing segments from the industrial Internet-of-Things to wearable computing. It is designed for applications where lower power and size take priority over higher performance.” – Intel Pressroom

And more from Engadget:

“The hits keep coming from IDF. After showing off svelte new 14nm silicon built for laptops, CEO Brian Krzanich announced a brand new SoC series named Quark. It's the smallest SoC the company has ever built, one-fifth the size of an Atom chip, and is built upon an open architecture meant so spur its use. Early on in his keynote, Krzanich said that Intel plans to "lead in every segment of computing," and Quark is positioned to put Intel in wearables -- and, in fact, he even showed off a prototype smartwatch platform Intel constructed to help drive wearable development.” – “Intel announces Quark system on a chip, the company’s smallest to date”,

“Hospital in a patch”

What would happen if you could bring the technology of a hospital to people, rather than people to the hospital? House calls could make resurgence with what one video panelist called a “hospital in a patch”, demoed by Renee James. A bulky wristband with vital signs was displayed at first, with a transition to a simple (and more comfortable) patch that did the exact same thing:

"It's one thing to install computing power in billions of smart objects," said James. "What we're doing is harder -- making powerful computing solutions that turn data to wisdom and search for answers to the world's most complex problems like cancer care. What we've seen so far is just a glimpse of how Intel technology could be used to help heal, educate, empower and sustain the planet."

Mr. Krzanich spoke on Intel moving into every aspect of the computing spectrum:

 "Innovation and industry transformation are happening more rapidly than ever before, which play to Intel's strengths. We have the manufacturing technology leadership and architectural tools in place to push further into lower power regimes. We plan to shape and lead in all areas of computing."

“The difference is intelligence”

The healthcare demo led naturally to a demo of the transition from the big and bulky phones of yesteryear to what we have today: thin smartphones that are essentially small computers. Continuing the emphasis on innovation and mobile integration, Mr. Krzanich noted that “Intel’s new LTE solution provides a compelling alternative for multimode, multiband 4G connectivity, removing a critical barrier to Intel's progress in the smartphone market segment.” Intel’s next generation LTE product, the Intel® XMM™ 7260 modem, is now under development with a ship date in 2014. This modem will deliver such LTE-advanced features as carrier aggregation with future advanced 4G network deployments:

“In high-speed 4G wireless data communications, Krzanich said Intel's new LTE solution provides a compelling alternative for multimode, multiband 4G connectivity, removing a critical barrier to Intel's progress in the smartphone market segment. Intel is now shipping a multimode chip, the Intel® XMM™ 7160 modem, which is one of the world's smallest and lowest-power multimode-multiband solutions for global LTE roaming.

As an example of the accelerating development pace under Intel's new management team, Krzanich said that the company's next-generation LTE product, the Intel® XMM™ 7260 modem, is now under development. Expected to ship in 2014, the Intel XMM 7260 modem will deliver LTE-Advanced features, such as carrier aggregation, timed with future advanced 4G network deployments. Krzanich showed the carrier aggregation feature of the Intel XMM 7260 modem successfully doubling throughput speeds during his keynote presentation.”  - Krzanich Announces New Lower-Power Product Family, Demonstrates Upcoming LTE and Lead 14nm Products

“Best Keynote Ever!”

Both video panelists agree: Day One at IDF delivered the “best keynote ever!” It was both intimate and innovative, with a healthy dose of inspiration given by top Intel leadership.  Brian Krzanich’s mandate was this: “lead in everything that computes”, with Renee James following that up by encouraging those in the audience to “do something wonderful”. What did you think of the Day One keynote? What were your key takeaways, inspirational points, or particular points of interest? Share with us in the comments below.



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