The Intel of today isn’t the Intel you know, and that truth was hammered home at the annual Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco this week.
Sure, Intel’s still the most prodigious PC chip maker in the world—by far—but its focus has shifted away from computers alone to embrace the idea of bringing smarts to all sorts of devices. While the IDFs of yesteryear leaned heavily on PC processors and new tech designed to make computers more potent, at IDF 2016 PCs shared the stage with drones, DJ tables, robots, Raspberry Pi-esque maker boards, and even 5G networks.
And that’s not even mentioning the “hell froze over” announcement about Intel and ARM—or the surprise mic-drop moment from AMD.
The times are definitely a-changin’, but at the same time, IDF has always been about what’s coming next in the world of computing—and IDF 2016 delivered wild visions of the future in spades. Let’s dig in, starting with some radical new PC hardware.