Day 2 at IDF 2013: Intel App Show for Developers

The Intel App Show for Developers took on Day One of IDF 2013 with their insightful review of  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”.

For Day Two of IDF 2013, community managers Bob Duffy and Eric Mantion discuss the keynotes given by Doug Fisher, Hermann Eul, and Kirk Skaugen. Topics covered ranged from the debut of Bay Trail to developer enablement at the Intel Developer Zone. Watch the video below:

Bay Trail

Bay Trail, the next-generation Intel Atom processor-based SoC for ultra mobile devices had its official debut. “Bay Trail," Intel's first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, is based on a new low-power, high-performance Silvermont microarchitecture, which will power a range of innovative Android* and Windows* designs, most notably tablets and 2 in 1 devices:

“The "Bay Trail" family of processors is based on Intel's low-power, high-performance microarchitecture "Silvermont," announced in May 2013. The Intel® Atom™ Z3000 Processor Series ("Bay Trail-T") is the company's first mobile multi-core SoC and its most powerful offering1 to date for tablets and other sleek mobile designs. It delivers a fast and fluid experience and a powerful balance of performance, battery life, graphics and rich features.” – “Intel Launches New Multicore, Low-Power SoCs for Tablets, 2 in 1s and Other Computing Devices”, Intel Pressroom

The first demo of this hotly anticipated family of processors was live video editing on a tablet – which is not something we’ve seen be available on a tablet device before. Many more form factors and price points will be available. The tractability of the new Bay Trail microarchitecture allows for variations of the SoC to serve multiple market segments, including new Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for entry 2 in 1s, laptops, desktops and all-in-one systems. The family of "Bay Trail" SoCs provides a wide range of options for Intel's customers.  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich  announced that more than 20 Android and Windows* 8 tablets based on Intel's new Bay Trail processor family will be on sale by the US holiday season, with prices ranging to below $100. 

Haswell, 2-in-1’s, PC evolution

The  4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family code-named Haswell has inspired many great new form factors, including brand new consumer 2-in-1’s with new flip-over and slide-over screens.  With this newest microarchitecture development, software developers and consumers are able to select a performance and choice of power that meets their unique requirements across the device spectrum of tablets, convertibles, Ultrabooks™, and desktops.

The evolution of the PC appears to be happening right in front of us with the 2-in-1 device, which is ushering in a whole new category of computing. It’s a tablet when you want it or a PC when you want it; there’s no longer a need to choose between two different and separate devices. Recently we’ve seen quite a shift in the PC industry with brand new designs that flip, detach and do all sorts of interesting things. There will never be a “one size fits all” device, which would just serve to stifle innovation and growth.  Everyone has different requirements for their computing devices. The general direction does seem to be more processing power in ever more smaller devices. Mobile and PC devices are essentially merging. What does this mean for Moore’s Law? Who knows – but as President Renee James mentioned in her Day One keynote, the death of Moore’s Law along with the oft-predicted death of the PC seems to be the opposite of what is happening in the Intel landscape.


WiDi was also on the Day Two agenda. WiDi is an Intel technology that allows you to share anything on your PC or mobile device wirelessly on your television, in high definition, surround sound, and low latency, supporting interaction with your favorite apps and digital platforms. With Intel WiDi you can wireless display anything from your compatible Windows or Android OS devices to your compatible HDTV or projector, or by using a receiver device connected to your existing HDTV or projector, free from the burden of wires. Using a compatible Ultrabook™, Notebook, All in One, Tablet or Smartphone based on Windows or Android OS enabled with Intel® WiDi, or a Intel® vPro™ technology notebook enabled with Intel® Pro Wireless Display, a user can quickly and securely connect their device to a compatible HDTV or projector.

The Intel Developer Zone

Intel wants to support developers. In order to help with that mission, Intel has created the Intel Developer Zone, a one-stop hub for developer enablement. For example, Android developers can take advantage of Beacon Mountain, a complete set of design, coding, and debugging tools for native apps targeting Android-based ARM and Intel Atom processor-based devices. Project Anarchy is a free mobile game engine for iOS, Android (including X-86), and Tizen. It includes Havok’s Vision Engine along with Havok Physics, Havok Animation Studio and Havok AI. Intel XDK Cross-Platform Development Kit gives developers the power of HTML5 and Intel's cross-platform tools to write your app once and distribute it broadly. With the Intel® XDK, you really can “write once, deploy too many.” Build for iOS and Android, tablets and phones then deploy to the Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, and more. 

If you’re a developer interested in creating something that will make a difference, you’ll definitely want to check out IDZ.

Day Two Keynotes

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