Intel compliments Dubai women

Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel, used the keynote speech on the opening day of the bi-annual Intel developer’s forum to single out Dubai as a key area of technological innovation

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By  Simon Duddy Published  February 19, 2003

Intel head honcho Craig Barrett praised Dubai’s technological advances today at Intel’s developer forum. He singled out Dubai Women’s College with its use of a high-speed wireless network as a prime example of how institutions could use technology to increase the appeal of the services they provide.

This fitted in well with the general theme of the Forum, which focuses on the convergence of computing and communication. Craig Barrett said: “Trends in computing are moving towards connecting home entertainment and mobile devices, as well as fibre optic devices, with the silicone world of computing.”

Many innovations are on display at the Forum, including a chip designed for mobile phones, codenamed Manitoba. Uniquely it is the first model to feature a processor, GSM connectivity and flash memory all on the same chip. It will be used in mobile phones and can allow, for example, enhance graphics for better gaming on mobile devices.

The concept of closed lid computing was also explored. This means that a notebook PC can be used, via a small LCD screen even while the lid of the notebook is closed. It can automatically detect and communicate with any network, which it finds itself in the proximity of. It means that knowledge workers can work faster and access their PCs in a truly mobile fashion says Intel.

Intel also unveiled a range of concept PCs for consumers, knowledge workers and server use, illustrating how Intel plans to integrate wireless features and support into future chipsets and motherboards.

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