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Intel aims to dominate, from mobility and the data centre to wearable computing

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shows off prototype devices utilizing Intel's new Quark processor. (Intel photo)

Intel’s new president and its new CEO took to the stage in their new roles for the first time last week at the processor company’s annual Intel Developer Forum, and outlined a plan for Intel to compete in every segment, from the data centre and mobile devices to wearable computing.

Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich and president Renée James kicked off the conference, with Krzanich saying Intel plans to leave no market segment untapped.

“Innovation and industry transformation are happening more rapidly than ever before, which play to Intel’s strengths,” Krzanich told attendees in San Francisco. “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.”

James went on to paint a vision of a new era of computing where every device and object have computing power, which will require systems that are smaller and faster than those of the base, being produced in higher volume with the ability to do ever more.

“Semiconductor-based technology will continue to address the world’s most pressing problems and exciting opportunities, changing how we live our lives, run our cities and care for our health,” said James. “Intel has played a pivotal role in every previous technology transition and will continue to enable breakthroughs in the future.”

Beginning to put the vision into action with new products, Intel targeted the data centre with its new Xeon E5-2600 v2 processor family, also known as Ivy Bridge-EP. Intel said the family of 22nm processors are well-suited for the high performance computing, cloud and enterprise segments, as well as telecommunications vendors.

Intel has also added to its “Bay Trail” family of low-power systems on a chip (SOC) designed for tablets, two-in-ones and other mobile devices. The Atom Z3000 Processor Series is Intel’s first mobile multi-core SOC. Variants are available for different market and hardware segments, and Intel says they enable all-day battery life.

In other news at the IDF conference, Intel announced the availability of 4th generation Intel Core cPro processors for business computing, showcased Cbromebooks running Intel Haswell-based processors, and disclosed plans for a next-generation LTE modem.