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December 11, 2013

Intel 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Predictions

This year,Intel launched a range of exciting products focusing on innovation and delivering next generation processors that became the backbone for a new era of thinner, faster, and more portable devices.

Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Chisholm
 
Intel also worked closely with industry experts and government heads to help connect people across the Asia Pacific region, and provide cost-effective solutions to address key issues such as education and training.


2013 Year in Review Intel Factsheet


1. Changing the PC landscape
One of the anticipated announcements of the year was the release of Intel’s 4th Generation Core Processor,enabling a range of 2 in 1 convertible devices that can act as both a tablet and a PC. Intel Labs conducted research that found PCs are nearly twice as fast as they were 4 years ago at 1.8x the speed.


Where you really notice the difference is multimedia – converting videos now happens at a pace that’s 23x faster. Convertible devices may also provide a smoother and more intuitive process for people with touch screens, voice assistance, and high resolutions displays, with some even boasting facial recognition.

There’s also been an increase in the number of NFC compatible devices that enable users to pay by waving a compatible credit card across the NFC sensor that sits below the keyboard on select devices.

It wasn’t just tablets and desktops that surprised and delighted in 2013, the launch of Intel’s Silvermont microarchitecture in May introduced an innovative 22nm Tri-Gate System-on-a-Chip (SoC) process, promising to deliver significant increases in performance and energy efficiency.

Silvermont delivers ~3x more peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over current-generation Intel® Atom™ processor core . Another massive release for the device market was the Intel Atom Processor Z3000 series which has been designed for tablets and smart phones.

Known as Bay Trail, the chip has been designed to increase battery life on high usage devices and allows manufacturers to provide thinner, lighter, and more powerful devices at a range of different price points. Bay Trail is available in three types, Bay Trail-T (Intel’s Atom Processor Z3000 series) is for tablets while Bay Trail-M and Bay Trail-D are for entry level devices in the laptop and desktop space.

The family of SoCs allows one hardware configuration for both the Windows8 and Android platform to drive a wider choice of devices for both consumers and business users. We observed that prices have dropped in a number of tablet markets this year.We’ve seen ASUS and Dell bring out devices that capitalize on the impressive battery life and standby power available with Bay Trail.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 comes with a 10.1 inch display and an 11 hour battery life.Other new products are expected to be released by AAVA*, Acer*, Lenovo* and Toshiba*. In the Philippines, Intel scored a landmark design winin the tablet space with a local stakeholder like RedDot, who has enabled us to come into agreements with brands they distribute, such as Polaroid, and scale other MNC brands. Earlier this year, Intel Philippines secured the first IA tablet design win for Polaroid in the world.


2. Big Data
Industry analyst firm International Data Corp (IDC) projects the global big data technology and services market to grow at more than 31 per cent each year. Revenues are forecast at US$23.8 billion by 2016.

Changing the way we view data center-based graphics – the new Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3 product family is a huge leap forward in the design of processors. Built on the 22-nanometer manufacturing process and featuring ‘Haswell’ architecture, the new Intel® processor microarchitecture transforms server capabilities and creates new possibilities for the data center.

From 2012 to 2020 the amount of stored data will double every two years , reaching 40ZB. Fast, on-demand access to this amount of data for tasks such as big data analytics require more intelligent compute and storage intensive solutions, as well as a dramatic decrease in the cost-per-stored terabyte.

Keeping up with the huge increase in data is vital and the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 and E5-1600 v2 processors, based on Intel’s leading 22-nanometer process technology, have been designed to offer more security to private clouds. Also designed to help bring down costs for enterprises, the processors are designed to power cost efficient scale-out, distributed, and software defined storage.

For more details on these new Intel Xeon processors, visit www.intel.com/xeon. For more details on world records and other claims, visit www.intel.com/performance.

3. Enabling tomorrow’s innovators
Intel believes that education is a fundamental right for everyone, and that educating and providing girls and women with the opportunities to succeed will break the cycle of generational poverty.

As a founding strategic partner of 10x10, Intel is extremely proud of our collaboration on the creation of an important documentary film called “Girl Rising” and accompanying global social action campaign. Girl Rising, 10x10’s full-length feature film, reveals the extraordinary stories of girls who are tackling the reality of socio-economic roadblocks and sometimes impossible odds on the road to education.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is one of the world’s largest high school science research competitions that encourages millions of students to use their imagination to come up with innovative solutions across a range of areas. Young scientists and next-generation entrepreneurs are encouraged to tackle topics ranging from environmental disasters to cancer treatments .

This year, more than 1,500 students from around the globe were given the opportunity to travel to Phoenix, Arizona to present their ideas. IonutBudisteanu, 19, of Romania was awarded first place for using artificial intelligence to create a viable model for a low-cost, self-driving car. Ionut said his research addresses a major global issue. In 2004, car accidents caused 2.5 million deaths worldwide , and 87 percent of crashes resulted from driver error . With 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Ionut created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car that could detect traffic lanes and curbs, along with the real-time position of the car – and this solution may only cost $4,000.

Intel’s 2014 Predictions  Factsheet

Increased connectivity to boost the economy
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecasted that global growth is projected to remain at slightly above 3 percent in 2013, but there are risks of a longer growth slowdown in emerging markets


“People and businesses need a supportive environment to succeed and push for innovation.  Governments need to stop protecting big incumbent industries to foster this growth and innovation.”
Richard Hsu, Managing Director, Intel Capital, China

“Asia is the heart of global technology innovation, driving technological change that is helping to improve the lives of people around the world. In 2014, Asian technology companies will continue to set the pace for technological innovation.”
Gregory Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Intel Asia-Pacific and Japan

Looking to China, growth may have been revised down slightly by the IMF, but the country is still forecasted to have one of the highest growth rates across the globe for at least the next 12 months.

I think you’ll start seeing more emerging markets using the technology that’s been brought to market in China with a huge focus on mobile internet. The Year of the Horse will see China concentrate on providing innovative local solutions to address local market needs.”
Richard Hsu, Managing Director, Intel Capital, China

“There’s a common myth that emerging markets are behind developed markets. But, people in these countries are just as connected; simply the way they connect and the devices they use are different. Tablets and smartphones will continue to drive connectivity in 2014.”
Uday Marty, Managing Director, Intel South East Asia


The education evolution
Intel predicts that within the next three to five years, the region will see a huge increase in device ownership with one device for every student increasingly being the norm. The key challenge will be providing the adult population, particularly in regional areas with the right education, devices and services to engage them.

“In 2014, we will start to see digital literacy programs extend beyond school education. Governments need to invest to accelerate digital literacy throughout the community; a digitally literate SME sector will boost Asia’s global trade. Intel’s working closely with governments to extend the digital literacy programs to adult communities. Intel Easy Steps is just one such program.” Philip Cronin, Director, Regional Sales Organization, Intel Asia Pacific


Consumers demand new levels of interaction

In 2013, research firm Gartner acknowledged that machines are becoming better at understanding humans and the environment – software that can recognize the emotion in someone’s voice is just one example.Intel agrees, and believes that 2014 will bring a rapid increase in emerging technologies such as human augmentation, speech-to-speech translation, augmented reality, gesture control and wearable user interfaces.
 
“We’ve reinvented ourselves. We’re bringing through ‘horse-power’ at lower power and we’re doing it across a wider choice of platforms. We will continue to be truly agnostic as a company and move full steam ahead into the tablet and 2 in 1 space. Touch it, type on it, or talk to it – these devices are multitasking powerhouses that will offer us new interaction possibilities. ”
David McCloskey, Director of Operations, Intel Asia Pacific

“It’s difficult to predict new business models but, the company that incorporates biometrics, speech recognition, gesture recognition and eye tracking will be the one that produces a truly integrated device.”
Sudheer Kuppam, Managing Director, Intel Capital, Asia Pacific Region

Big Data paves the way for innovation
Intel believes that having 15 billion connected devices in the next few years is achievable. The biggest question is around where the data will go when these devices connect and the best way to make use of that information. This will prompt a whole industry to grow around predictive analysis and raw data. Big Data will help make companies smarter, more progressive and give them a business advantage. Governments will soon follow.

“During the next era of personal computing, the biologic problem shifts to a computational problem in the treatment of cancer. Computing doesn't get any more personal than when it saves your life.”
Renee James, President, Intel.

“In the next few years, we will see 15 billion devices or more connected to the Internet of Things. This will present huge growth opportunities in data analytics, mobile devices and machine-to-machine interfaces. This will lead to a huge volume of data, and a corresponding need for smart analytics. Intel is working with key businesses, Telco’s and cloud service providers across APAC to provide leadership.”
Philip Cronin, Director, Regional Sales Organization, Intel Asia Pacific

“There are some services that are already delivering value to consumers through using personal data, from straightforward things like personalization and recommendation engines to things like precision medicine and genomic profiling. The Indian government’s current initiative to create unique, biometric identity-cards for all its citizens, and to start to use those as a way to manage resource allocation, is another way to think about how personal data might work for us.”
Genevieve Bell, Futurist and Director of User Experience Research, Intel

“Of course there are also challenges around things like privacy, security, identity and reputation. There’s a lot of digital footprints we leave behind that we don’t always think about. This used to be a story of privacy but now it’s also about people’s reputations. As a result, there is a lot of governmental and regulatory activity to help clarify this emerging area – it will be fascinating to see what emerges around the globeiv.”
Genevieve Bell, Futurist and Director of User Experience Research, Intel


 

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