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Intel: Notebooks, Tablets Eradicated in a Decade

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In the near future, we won't have tablets, netbooks and notebooks says Intel.

During his keynote address at the SEMICON West conference in San Francisco, vice president of Intel's architecture group Rama Skukla said that the lines between a netbook, laptop and tablet are disappearing faster than today's designers can even realize. That said, it's quite possible that these form factors will be gone within ten years.

"It's going to be very difficult to see where one device goes and the next one takes off," he told the audience. Even today, the concept of PCs is already outdated. He added that future PCs will probably serve as "personal companions" instead of bulky devices, synchronizing around the owner in an individual cloud of information that users will be able to share with others or keep private.

To achieve this oneness with the cloud, Skukla suggested to the captive audience that hardware manufacturers will have to address this cloudy trend by working closely with software developers and distributors so that end-users will have a solid way to manage their identity while also experiencing a seamless, secure computing environment.

Intel is already gearing up for this change, he said. In fact, the industry will see major advances in processor technology within the next five years. Graphics performance on mobile chips alone is expected to rise by a factor of 12 by 2015 – just look at what Intel has achieved with its second generation Sandy Bridge processors.

Unfortunately, Skukla didn't really explain what he envisioned consumers would actually use in ten years. Looking back on the last decade however, desktops still look like desktops, laptops still look like laptops (although they've gotten bigger and thinner), and consoles still look like consoles. The biggest change that's taken place, or so it seems, is in the mobile sector. Tens years ago phones were bulky, ugly and had enough brains to store a few phone numbers; now they can load Flash-based websites, play Angry Birds and stream video content straight to our palm.

So if all of our familiar mobile form factors will be eradicated in the future, what will we use? Smart-watches that can project HD+ imagery on any surface while detecting our finger motions, making mobile keyboards obsolete? Will it connect to Bluetooth glasses that are capable of displaying HD video and audio directly to our eyes and ears? Will the desktop grow wheels, a domed head, and toot electronic beeps while it projects holograms for our entertainment?

There's definitely some fun with speculating.

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    reggieray , July 14, 2011 11:19 AM
    Cloud is their way of making everyone pay a monthly service fee to use your computer. The FEDS (sieg heil) love it too, they can easily see what you have stored away.
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    xahydra , July 14, 2011 11:58 AM
    Yeah, the "cloud" is a trendy way to have everyone willingly give up their stuff and then pay to access it! No thanks.
  • 10 Hide
    mauller07 , July 14, 2011 9:43 AM
    Has anyone ever seen wall-e? because the fat lazy and tech absorbed from birth humans on the axiom is how i see this going.

    "i didn't know we had a pool!"
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    alikum , July 14, 2011 9:22 AM
    Augmented reality?
  • 10 Hide
    mauller07 , July 14, 2011 9:43 AM
    Has anyone ever seen wall-e? because the fat lazy and tech absorbed from birth humans on the axiom is how i see this going.

    "i didn't know we had a pool!"
  • 7 Hide
    becherovka , July 14, 2011 9:57 AM
    in 10 years we will have implanted computers that connects to the collective (cloud/ borg?)
    Or am i just making up cra p like this guy
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2011 10:06 AM
    Cloud is the way forward but I don't believe touchscreen or augmented reality is going to be a game changer in the most part.

    Work out how I can more easily edit and format a spreadsheet without a keyboard and mouse and you will make millions
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    DjEaZy , July 14, 2011 10:39 AM
    ... Intel Will Be Eradicated in a Decade ...
    1) No powerful GPU with DX11, OpenCL support...
    2) Apple is looking to shift laptop CPU's to ARM...
    3) M$ Windows 8 will be ARM compatible...
    4) AMD will work with ARM on OpaenCL...
    5) nVidia haz TEGRA...
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    molo9000 , July 14, 2011 11:05 AM
    Quote:
    oneness with the cloud

    Salvation sold separately?
  • 3 Hide
    killerclick , July 14, 2011 11:13 AM
    Whatever we will be using I will need large, crisp displays where I can look at 10 things at once.
    I'm hoping for images beamed directly to our eyeballs by tiny lasers and controlled by virtual controls and subvocalization.
    Still I'm predicting that this mobile craze is just a fad and that people will have less and less reason to be mobile. After all there's nothing for you out there except humiliation and defeat, better stay in the basement where it's safe.
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    reggieray , July 14, 2011 11:19 AM
    Cloud is their way of making everyone pay a monthly service fee to use your computer. The FEDS (sieg heil) love it too, they can easily see what you have stored away.
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    pbrigido , July 14, 2011 11:35 AM
    DjEaZy... Intel Will Be Eradicated in a Decade ...1) No powerful GPU with DX11, OpenCL support...2) Apple is looking to shift laptop CPU's to ARM...3) M$ Windows 8 will be ARM compatible...4) AMD will work with ARM on OpaenCL...5) nVidia haz TEGRA...


    lol thanks for that! I needed a good joke to get me going this morning.
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    custodian-1 , July 14, 2011 11:38 AM
    +1 to ReggieRay. Mobile rates are so high now I see dark cloud forming in the future where I'm shaken down by a few internet providers every time I want a little data. Paying for data by the MB isn't going to cut it.
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    doorspawn , July 14, 2011 11:41 AM
    Can you please start blurring the line between servers and PCs a bit more, too.
    We need cheaper 8-slot boards so that games can actually increase their scale and unit-counts instead of just their graphics.
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    palladin9479 , July 14, 2011 11:44 AM
    No we won't be moving to some "cloud" for data storage, that would be a very very bad thing for both privacy and freedom in general. When groups like Lulzsec run around playing cops and robbers with companies, that demonstrates what the world is ~really~ like. Just like IPv6 the "cloud" concept is based on a flawed utopian world idea that doesn't take into account very determined bad guys who want to screw with you, "just for the lulz".
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    xahydra , July 14, 2011 11:58 AM
    Yeah, the "cloud" is a trendy way to have everyone willingly give up their stuff and then pay to access it! No thanks.
  • -2 Hide
    xahydra , July 14, 2011 11:58 AM
    Yeah, the "cloud" is a trendy way to have everyone willingly give up their stuff and then pay to access it! No thanks.
  • -4 Hide
    xahydra , July 14, 2011 11:58 AM
    Yeah, the "cloud" is a trendy way to have everyone willingly give up their stuff and then pay to access it! No thanks.
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    anony2004 , July 14, 2011 12:03 PM
    Btw, it's Rama Shukla, not Rama 'Skukla' Tom's.
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    jean 1990 , July 14, 2011 12:21 PM
    as long as people need a physical keyboard, laptops will never die
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    geekapproved , July 14, 2011 12:43 PM
    "Graphics performance on mobile chips alone is expected to rise by a factor of 12 by 2015 – just look at what Intel has achieved with its second generation Sandy Bridge processors."

    Yeah look what Intel achieved, mediocre graphics that are already sunk by AMD's new A8 apu's.
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    Computerrock1 , July 14, 2011 12:48 PM
    The cloud scares me...
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2011 12:57 PM
    Cloud computing is not going to happen as it is unlikely to break the laws of human greed. The biggest bottleneck of them all, your ISPs. They are going to impose bandwidth cap, throttling, and high price to make all cloud computing slow and intolerable. Until all ISPs are run by governments and provided to public using tax money, like road, there is no chance cloud computing is going to be a common consumer's service.
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