updated 12:30 am EST, Fri January 8, 2010
Exec forecasts future "smart homes"
Intel CEO Paul Otellini, speaking at a CES keynote, addressed a variety of current and upcoming trends such as 3D video, smartphones, apps, and the company's new Wireless Display Technology. The executive predicts that 3D -- the dominating topic this year at CES -- is the next big thing that will gain popularity in consumers' homes.
The keynote presentation included several clips of 3D footage from sources such as "Avatar" and the upcoming "How to Train Your Dragon" film. Otellini corroborates his 3D forecast by citing the number of upcoming 3D films, with 50 projects currently slated for 2010 release. The transition is said to be good for Intel because creating and managing 3D content "requires a ton of computing."
The CEO claims his company is focused on "making all computing personal," as mobile devices become more advanced. Intel on Thursday announced a slew of new processors, with many based on the Core i3, i5 and i7 platforms. Through a partnership with Netgear, the 2010 Core lineup supports Wireless Display Technology which transmits a notebook's display signal to an HDTV via Wi-Fi.
Amid the USB 3.0 announcements at CES, Otellini pushed Intel's faster Light Peak technology. The standard is claimed to transfer data at 10 gigabits per second, downloading an entire Blu-ray disc in 30 seconds. The CEO suggests the optical Light Peak cables will replace "all the cables in your system," such as HDMI and DVI.
The keynote also highlighted the Atom platform, which will support the company's upcoming AppUp Center. The portal, now in beta, will offer apps in areas such as games, education, health, and education, among others. Several OEMs have already committed to supporting the new store.
Otellini concluded the event with a technology preview for an interactive display geared for retailers. The system detects height and gender for an approaching customer, with the data used as a basis for product recommendations.
"Our goal is to have our architecture provide the brains for anything with a power source," Otellini said. "At Intel, our job is to invent the future."