CES: Intel CEO Aims Beyond The PC

In his keynote, Paul Otellini demonstrated advances in mobile device applications and 3D content and launched an app store for netbooks.
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Earlier on Thursday, Intel introduced more than two dozen processors, wireless adapters, and chipsets built with its latest 32-nanometer manufacturing process, which produces faster and more energy-efficient chips than Intel's previous generation of products. The latest chips include Core i7, i5, and i3 processors for desktops, laptops, and embedded systems.

Otellini demonstrated a Core i7-powered interactive sign for a retail store that could be used by retail customers for in-store navigation. He also showed a prototype of a home power management system, running on an Atom processor, that could monitor energy use in every device in the home and suggest ways to reduce consumption.

"Computing in the home is going to be a lot more than the PC," Otellini said.

The chief executive also demonstrated an LG-built smartphone with a five-inch screen running Intel's Moorestown platform, scheduled for release this year. Otellini also showed a Moorestown-powered phone in which a person could remove the device's display and use it as a tablet PC.

Moorestown comprises a system-on-chip, code-named Lincroft, that integrates a 45-nanometer Atom, a graphics processor, video, and memory controller; and an I/O hub, code-named Langwell. The platform will be accompanied by Intel's Moblin operating system, which handles voice calls, and will compete with ARM-based products from Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments.

Otellini also demonstrated the use of Intel's system-on-a-chip product used in digital TVs. The platform enables the creation of user interfaces for searching and managing programming and stored video and for accessing Web services, such as YouTube. The SoC also can be used to run a variety of downloaded applications.

The chip chief also made a pitch for 3D TV, which has been a hot topic at CES this year, with many TV makers showing new products. Besides the TV, the equipment needed to create 3D content is sure to require "a ton of computing power," Otellini said.

"I think 3D is the next thing to explode in the home," he said.

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