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« on: January 18, 2007, 11:16:14 AM »

I picked up this interesting story on the tradearabia.com web site concerning a set of trend predictions from Intel based on the latest and near future developments within their semi-conductor range where CPU's now have multiple cores, i.e. effectively multi-brains within a single chip. I'd say that for tech future watchers the whole article is worth reading:


Some highlights:


1. Ubiquitous Mobility Will Become A Reality. With laptops already making up around a third of all PC sales, consumers and businesses alike are enjoying the convenience of mobile computing. As the performance, energy-efficiency and ease-of-use of portable devices continues to improve, people’s computing experience will increasingly be defined by what they are doing, not where they are doing it.

* The ultra mobile PC platform, introduced by Intel in 2006, aims to have ten times lower power consumption than today’s laptops, by the end of the decade.

2. Carrying Broadband Internet With You. The coming year will see high-speed internet access move to the next level through mobile technologies such as WiMAX. Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, predicts: “the next inflection point for the industry is clearly broadband to go or carrying broadband internet with you.” When you imagine being able to work online, whilst downloading a movie during a long train journey, the advantages are clear to see.

* Intel has certified 90,000 Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology verified wireless hotspots worldwide. The company has been working with government bodies to enable mobility on a wide scale through the creation of entire Wireless Cities – as in the case of Oseem (Egypt), London (UK), Bochum (Germany) and St. Petersburg (Russia) and Umea (Sweden).

3. Technology: From Communication to Collaboration. Email, mobile phones and the internet were all about faster and easier communication. And they have had an amazing impact on our lives today. But we’re heading into a new realm as technology now allows us to enjoy a realistic experience through advanced multimedia communication. The results are more immediacy and spontaneity in our communication – making for a much better relationship-building tool – whether you are using video- or web-conferencing, for private or business use. Imagine being able to watch a live streaming of your niece’s birthday party in another country. In our professional lives, with 80 per cent of the workforce expected to be working collaboratively and not necessarily face to face by 2015, collaborative technology will continue to be critical.

* Intel is supporting and driving collaborative technology initiatives including integrating VoIP into product lines from handhelds and PCs to carrier-grade communications; working with industry leaders to develop secure, standards-based platforms and investing in promising companies through the Intel Capital Communications Fund.


6. Closing the digital divide will remain a priority. As the advantages provided by access to IT grow, the comparative disadvantages of being denied access also increases. Therefore, tackling the digital divide is a global priority. Until recently, the focus has been on delivering access to technology but now it needs to be focused on the results of this access. Moreover, digital equality will become an issue closer to home as regional competitiveness continues to be a priority.

* Through its World Ahead Program, Intel is investing $1 billion over the next five years to enhance lives by providing access to technology for anyone, anywhere. Intel has recently created a wireless high-speed Internet network in Oseem Village, a small town on the outskirts of Cairo, where residents can now access vast resources of medical, educational and commercial knowledge through computers.



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