SAN FRANCISCO--At the Intel Developer Forum on Monday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini devoted considerable portions of his keynote address to smart devices and Intel's expanding software businesses.
Otellini led off with a stat, saying that the current number of 2.8 billion smart devices worldwide will double by 2014. "No single device is going to meet the demand for pervasive computing," he said.
"Infineon is a leader in 3G and cellular. Together we're leaders in delivering LTE technology," Otellini said, referring to a 4G technology that rivals Intel's longstanding WiMax 4G technology. He also said that the TI acquisition will boost Intel's presence in smart TVs.
To demonstrate smart TVs, Otellini brought out someone who did a demo of a Facebook page on Google TV--which could hit the market this month--in which the Facebook page displayed an embedded TV program and game sharing.
Intel is also investing heavily in software. Its planned $7.68 billion acquisition of security company McAfee marks an opportunity to "offer secure capabilities across all Intel connected devices," Otellini said. "Move to a known good model. A trusted machine that only allows trusted software. Hardware and software can only do this together. That was the fundamental reason why we acquired McAfee."
Intel's next-generation Sandy Bridge architecture was also a major focus of the keynote session. The initial "second-generation Core i series" processors are due early next year, Otellini said.
"Sandy Bridge puts the whole PC on a single piece of silicon," said David "Dadi" Perlmutter, an executive vice president and co-general manager of Intel's Intel Architecture Group. Sandy Bridge will combine the graphics chip function with the main processor--a first for an Intel mainstream processor.