Intel CEO: Era of 'ubiquitous' computing is here

Intel's leader discussed the future and essentials of computing from the mobile level to servers during the opening keynote at Intel Developer Forum.

A new era of "ubiquitous computing" is here, presenting huge new opportunities for Intel and developers worldwide, said Intel CEO and president Paul Otellini during the opening keynote of Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday morning.

Otellini posited that this new era "expands boundaries of the digital revolution," even for industries that originally saw technology as their "biggest threat."

There are three essential factors, Otellini explained, for computing today: they must be engaging, consistent and secure by design.

"We expect that our computing devices provide us with lifelike computing devices," Otellini said, "We expect our devices to engage with us as fast as we think."

Intel's Otellini talks up Ultrabooks

Citing the Ultrabook as a prime example, Otellini boasted Intel's notebook venture as the "most satisfying and complete computer experience" ever with a sleeker and lighter design with a long battery life at mainstream prices. The first Ultrabooks have already started shipping from select partners, and more will be on the way by the holiday season this year. Otellini briefly touched on Intel's next generation of processors, the Ivy Bridge series, which will be discussed in further detail during IDF on Wednesday and seen rolling out in 2012.

As for consistency, Otellini reiterated several of the themes discussed during Intel's Software Media Day last week concerning a push towards supporting apps and data on multiple platforms seamlessly.

"These experiences are available to us no matter which device we carry under our arm or in our pocket," Otellini said. He added that people expect a consistent experience and want familiar apps to work across every platform and every device.

Part of that could be made possible thanks to Intel's new development partnership with Google around Android, which was first announced during the keynote.

Although Andy Rubin, Google’s senior vice president of mobile, stepped onto the stage briefly towards the end of keynote saying that "we can talk pretty openly" about the partnership, he didn't reveal much of anything except that all future versions of Android will be optimized for the Intel architecture.

However, Otellini stated that Intel-based phones will start debuting during the first half of 2012.

Finally, regarding security -- an ever-important topic in tech that has only grown more so this year -- Otellini pointed out that "every type of device is vulnerable," and that smartphones and tablets are "not immune from this." He cited that malware is costing companies $3 trillion worldwide.

Candace Worley, senior vice president and general manager of endpoint security at McAfee, explained the pitfalls of the traditional, software-based approach and briefly introduced McAfee's new Deep Safe platform, which is touted to provide "a new vantage point" on zero-day attacks.

The platform will become the foundation for a number of future products from McAfee to protect all sectors of computing, ranging from smartphones to servers.