Intel on Monday outlined the upgrade of its Core processors and could spur a PC upgrade cycle. The chip giant also started shipping its latest tablet processors.
Meanwhile at CES 2015, the following chip vendors also announced the following:
- Nvidia is diving headfirst into automotive computing.
- Broadcom is focusing on boosting video streams to connected devices.
- Marvell outlined its Smart Home Cloud Center, which is designed to connect mobile devices, home networking and the Internet of things. Marvell's ARM-based processors sit in the middle of the effort.
As ZDNet's Nick Heath noted, Intel can boost PC sales and advance devices across the board. HP and Lenovo were out of the gate early---along with players like Acer---with Intel-powered hardware. But here's the rub: Gartner is projecting a slowing tablet market and a PC market that will recover a bit but largely plod along.
Sure Intel's 5th generation Core chips have RealSense technology that provide more natural interfaces as well as wireless display connections. But where's Intel's wearable roadmap? How about the Internet of things story at CES? Intel has plenty to tell on the Internet of things front, especially for industries such as retail. But for now Intel is speaking to the base.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will hold a press conference Tuesday that will likely highlight more about mobile and wearables. Intel recently invested in Vuzix, which makes smart glasses used primarily in the enterprise. See: Intel gives capital, hope for Vuzix's enterprise smart glass ambitions
The focus on tablets and laptops provides a nice contrast to Nvidia's approach. Nvidia talked up mobile, but at a press conference Sunday was much more focused on automotive computing and the promise for its latest Tegra chip.
Bottom line: Intel's Broadwell rollout is important for the industry, but the company will have to skate to where the puck is going. Not where it's been.