Intel looks to cross the digital divide

Intel has declared ‘digital convergence’ as one of its primary goals for 2004 and has called on PC manufacturers to get in on the game.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  January 13, 2004

Intel has declared ‘digital convergence’ as one of its primary goals for 2004 and has called on PC manufacturers to get in on the game. “The same dynamics that drove the PC revolution are moving to consumer electronics," said Paul Otellini, president and COO, Intel Corporation, addressing the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. "As the world of consumer electronics and content shift from analog to digital, there is a great opportunity to advance the rate of improvement in performance, cost and integration of features in CE devices. Think of this as Moore's Law applied to yet another industry.” One of the more interesting developments announced by Intel during the CES was the concept of an entertainment PC, which can be used to organise and use digital content such as music, movies, TV programming, gaming and high-definition video. The devices will be capable of sharing content wirelessly and operated with a remote control instead of a keyboard. "Intel provides the silicon building blocks to develop and manufacture entertainment PCs,” said Tanguy de la Horie, Intel's marketing manager for the Middle East Turkey and Africa region. “Whether and when these products will be available in the Middle East is up to the PC manufacturers.” "Our goal is to eliminate boundaries between electronic devices inside and outside the home and we're working with the PC and consumer electronics industries to make this a reality," added Otellini.

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