Intel predicts the death of mobile computing as we know it

Jul 13, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- The folks over at Intel have come up with an interesting prediction, one that may make all of you feel a little bit foolish for buying a laptop, and a netbook or a tablet. They are predicting that as time goes on the form factors in the mobile device market will break down and the distinctions between the devices will be largely a moot point. Companies will instead make multi-purpose smart computing devices.

This prediction is based on the statements of Rama Skukla, the vice president of Intel's architecture group. During his keynote address at SEMICON West, a conference that takes place regularly in San Francisco, he stated that "tablets are disappearing", and that the current types of devices we would be using in a decade from now "could not be described".

His remarks went off to say that, "The lines between a , laptop and tablet are disappearing faster than designers today realize. It's going to be very difficult to see where one device goes and the next one takes off."

Of course, he also has some other ideas about the future of technology. It was strongly implies by his remarks that he thinks that the will become outdated and that the future of PCs will be more like personal syncing grounds, connecting the users to an individual cloud of information that can be shared at will. While that concept is intriguing it could easily make the more security minded consumers out there nervous, since all data that is on the cloud is data that can be breached by determined .

In order to be read for these changes Intel is expecting to make major advances in processors over the next five years, including raising graphics performance by a factor of 12.

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Yellowdart
3.1 / 5 (8) Jul 13, 2011
There'll be a PC market, although reduced, until mobile gaming can become as good as desktop.

I think governments could benefit greatly from getting away from desktops for most employees too.
Porta67
3.8 / 5 (4) Jul 13, 2011
I think there will still be a difference between consuming and creating content. But hey, if my smartphone get's powerfull enough and can be connected to a large screen, keyboard and mouse that would be totally acceptable
jjoensuu
4.9 / 5 (16) Jul 13, 2011
"since all data that is on the cloud is data that can be breached by determined hackers."

never mind the hackers. Keep an eye on the administrators of the cloud databases instead. And the companies they work for. Not to mention the government.
MorituriMax
1 / 5 (4) Jul 13, 2011
tablets are disappearing.....

hmmm, okay, so when is the ipad no longer going to be a tablet?
that_guy
2 / 5 (2) Jul 13, 2011
I believe the tablet form factor may be partially absorbed into another category, but saying that mobile computing will disappear is like saying that we won't have cell phones in 10 years. They're directly connected, and intel's statement on the matter is ridiculously stupid.
jwalkeriii
1.3 / 5 (4) Jul 13, 2011
Seems like a fairly tale prediction to me. It's all about the screen, not the processor- though speed is obviously important.

You find a way to turn our screens paper thin and transparent then I'll believe the hype, otherwise processor speed is simply over-rated. It's all about the screen...

An you think we'll all be walking around with cool shades and gesturing in the air, you're either as stupid as a rock or been watching too much scifi...
Caliban
1.7 / 5 (3) Jul 13, 2011
All just speculation. Until we can have a third eye implanted, as well as continuous, at-will access to universal, streaming information. Then some sort of 2-way, oversize-screen portable device will be necessary.

But seriously, is any one else as alarmed and disappointed as I am about the precipitous decline in editorial standards at Physorg? Was this article spell-checked in Outlook, and then cut-and-pasted into some blogging software? I stopped counting at nine separate spelling/grammar/syntax errors.

dirk_bruere
3 / 5 (2) Jul 13, 2011
I'm looking forward to the day my phone has a more convenient 17" screen...
DamienS
2 / 5 (2) Jul 13, 2011
I think this may be somewhat true and I do agree that it's about the screen. But not physical screens, virtual screens.

I can see a time when the main computing platform is a pair of eye-glasses which either act as projection screens (like a HUD) or it uses lasers to scan an image directly onto your retinas.

The possibilities are endless. No need for large flat screens, computer monitors, etc. 3D comes for free. Couple that with geo-location and virtual overlays and you have a truly disruptive and pervasive technology.
mrcoldheart
1 / 5 (1) Jul 14, 2011
From your lap to your pocket and in the near future, your car.

Imagine augmented reality like visual 3D icons appearing above the store fronts of that upscale shopping district you're driving your new car through.

Forward still by their hourglass. Wont you look stylish new rechargeable wifi sunglasses pre-installed with 'social' apps. Now you'll never miss your friends. Because they're tracked by a floating green arrow that appears within a certain distance. Are all the women in this bar single? You'll know now with actual green lighting.
n0ns3ns0r
4 / 5 (4) Jul 14, 2011
I'm sure companies would love the "cloud" business model. Want your music? Your family photos? Your financial information? Your term paper? Be sure to pay the monthly fee. And such plans won't include unlimited usage plans.

Only foolish people would consent to such a system.

No thanks. I'm happy with cramming my hardware into a box. A box that I have in my possession. A box that I can unplug from all these companies that wish to steal my money.

I will plug in and take what I want from the world. Not let corporate overlords plug into my bank account and take what they want.
Husky
5 / 5 (4) Jul 14, 2011
Intel is just expressing their wish of ARM and Ipad B gone! they missed out for quite a while on the mobile market because their Atoms for too powerhungry/pricy/techie for a phone and too little for a game desktop pc, this will change offcause as phones/pads become more demanding pc-like and intels atoms improve, but you can still taste a hint of sour grapes in the keynote
StandingBear
1 / 5 (3) Jul 14, 2011
Are all the women in this bar single? You'll know now with actual green lighting. How about one better...Any of them horny?...now you will know with red lighting...now that is going toooo far!
Rdavid
not rated yet Jul 14, 2011
All electronic devices will go the way of the Pony Express.
kochevnik
3 / 5 (2) Jul 14, 2011
I want a phone that 'tazes' with wireless. That way annoying republicans and christopaths could be controlled remotely, just as they love controlling everyone else.
HTK
not rated yet Jul 17, 2011
I've already stated this 4 month ago in linked in to Nokia sales & marketing among many many things.

Got ignored.
Hoodoo
not rated yet Jul 17, 2011
@DamienS Too right! It's 2011 already, where are my retina-painting lasers? Laser pico projectors have been stuck at 480p for bloody ages too, it seems.
@jwalkeriii who said "[If] you think we'll all be walking around with cool shades and gesturing in the air, you're either as stupid as a rock or been watching too much scifi"
Be prepared to be an extremely cranky old man. There are no shortage rock-stupid people or scifi nuts. No-one thought "sane" people would spout their half-a-conversation rubbish at full volume on public transport either, until mobiles and bluetooth arrived.
knikiy
not rated yet Jul 18, 2011
If Intel is going to be "raising graphics performance by a factor of 12", they're going to have to buy Nvidia.
thematrix606
not rated yet Jul 18, 2011
I'm looking forward to the day my phone has a more convenient 17" screen...


Correction: your multi-purpose smart computing device!
YSLGuru
1 / 5 (1) Jul 25, 2011
The industry in general, both hardware & softeare, have been predicting for over a decade that the death of the IPCD ( independent personal computing device) is just around the corner and each time they've been wrong even when they were pushing for that death.

First it was dummy terminals and then remote computing (Citrix, RDP, ect) and now its marketed as the CLOUD.

Lets hope humans are smart enough to realize that they should NEVER fully give up independent personal computing dveices as doing so will fully hand over the power to the provider and thats never smart.