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IDF 2013 | Recap of Intel's Day 2 keynote

Day 2 of IDF brought with it Silvermont, Bay Trail, a look forward to 2014 and a preview of new Intel-powered devices.

Yesterday's opening address here at IDF focused on the mobile computing experience, including the announcement of Intel's new Quark line of processors, and today brought with it the same line of thought. Intel's Doug Fisher, Kirk Skaugen and Hermann Eul all addressed the crowd today, but they also shared the stage with other company execs, including ASUS CEO Jerry Shen and BMW's Mario Mulller.

Kicking things off, Intel showed off their new 22nm, tri-gate Silvermont, a multi-core, 64-bit architecture that they claim leads in performance per watt. The much-anticipated Bay Trail SoCs are based on this architecture, and Intel introduced three of them today. The first of these is the Atom Z3000, which is intended for tablets and sleek devices while allowing over 10 hours of battery life and supporting Intel Burst Technology 2.0.

Thanks to the new Bay Trail lineup, Intel is introducing a new category of products, that of 2-in-1 devices. Certain criteria have been set by the company, including a screen size greater than 10", Windows 8, and an integrated keyboard and touchscreen. These 2-in-1 devices are expected to offer the best of notebooks and tablets, ranging from $349 to $999 in price. Lenovo's Yoga 2, Dell's XPS 11 and HP's Split x2 are all examples of such devices and over 75 models are anticipated by next year. 

Intel PC Chief Kirk Skaugen also touted the 4th-generation of Core iX CPUs, highlighting the 13x graphical performance they provide, all while being 50% thinner and lighter than previous models. Skaugen also introduced the new line of Intel SSDs, the Pro 1500 which include unlimited vPro use (Intel's remote access suite) as well as encryption within minutes rather than hours. The drives will be available in 80/120/180/240/360/480GB models and offer read/write speeds of 540MB/s and 490MB/s.

Of course, Intel didn't hog up the entire stage today, with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen announcing the T100 2-in-1, which comes with a quad-core CPU, 11 hours of battery life and an IPS display. BMW VP Mario Muller made an appearance as well, revealing the i8, BMW's first electric car which also features an Atom navigation system. The fashion industry was also represented by Victoria Molina, who presented a "virtual shopping" experience where user created avatars allow them to try out the look and fit of clothing remotely, thanks to data that is transferred securely using Intel technologies.

The keynote wound down with a sneak peek at what 2014 has to offer, mainly Broadwell CPUs that should usher with them fanless laptops that still offer 2x the graphical performance. Broadwell will also be physically smaller than the current Haswell generation, yet it will offer a 30% reduction in power at the same performance levels.

Intel also announced their new support for ChromeOS and Chromebooks, with ASUS, HP, Acer and Toshiba all launching new devices in time for the holidays. These new Chromebooks promise over 9 hours in battery life, but it will be interesting to see how Intel's backing affects sales. 



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Omar Qudsi, 2013-09-11 (Update: 2014-09- 4)