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Asia-Pacific: Hot Spot For Computing

Asia-Pacific: Hot Spot For Computing And Communications Convergence

Technology advancements to be announced at Taiwan Intel Developer Forum

Jason Chen, vice president and general manager of Intel Asia-Pacific, called on Asia’s developers to continue to play an important role in reaffirming the continent’s role as the world’s leading hot spot for the convergence of computing and communications. Chen’s remarks were made today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Taipei.

“Developers in Asia have the opportunity to lead the world in developing computing devices that communicate and communications devices that compute,” Mr. Chen said. “Asia has the history of being one of the quickest markets to embrace new technologies for domestic consumption.”

The Yankee Group has forecast that the number of broadband subscribers in Asia-Pacific will swell to around 64.5 million by year-end 2006 . In 2001, the number of broadband users had surged to 12.9 million in Asia Pacific. Datacomm Research predicted that the Asian handset market will be the big winner when it comes to wireless Internet “killer applications” .

“There’s also a sizeable opportunity to export these new devices to more mature markets such as the United States and Europe. Design and manufacture of these devices for convergence communications are therefore a good opportunity for the region to expand its role in the global digital economy.”

Mr. Chen also revealed that a number of major announcements will be made during IDF-Taiwan, including alliances with members of the industry to forge technology advancement, and Intel product launches in various areas that will enable the next generation of computing and communications convergence.

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Attendees will also have a chance to attend a Technology Showcase participated by Intel and other industry leaders. Winners of the 2002 Intel Innovative PC Awards will also be on display.

Senior Intel executives will deliver keynotes during the two-day event, sharing their visions and unveiling strategies and the latest technological developments focused on the convergence of computing and communications.

Driving Convergence through Silicon Integration
In his keynote, Sunlin Chou, senior vice president and general manager of Technology and Manufacturing Group will explain how silicon integration will lead to accelerating convergence of the computing and communications industries. This higher level of integration can be achieved through joint efforts of the industry and Intel in driving standards, manufacturing and specification areas. He will further highlight in his keynote that the industry collectively is now poised to deliver new products and services that provide real innovation and customer benefit.

Internet Infrastructure: Server Modularisation & Communication Integration
Embracing standards-based technologies that integrate communications and computing capabilities will provide a significant competitive advantage for corporate information technology (IT) operations, as Intel’s Jeff Dawkins, general manager of Storage Components Division and Andy Combs, co-general manager of Advanced Components Division Enterprise Platforms Group will discuss in their joint keynotes. They will explain how a modular IT infrastructure that mixes wired and wireless communications capabilities with open and scalable Intel-based servers, networks and storage will generate lower operating costs and increased flexibility.

Enterprise: The Internet is No Longer a Static Place
From the mainframe to the Internet, each generation of computing and communication technology has improved on the last. The nature of computing and e-Business has evolved for businesses, governments and even countries. An Internet infrastructure can deliver dynamic content and modular applications to anyone, anytime. The converging themes are to deliver efficient and flexible IT infrastructure centered around security crucial infrastructure technologies, globalisation and total cost of ownership. Prasad Rampalli, vice president of Enterprise Business Computing at Intel, will outline key components of enterprise optimisation by reviewing these trends, drawing correlations to Intel's experiences, assessing industry inflection points that pave the way for the future, and establishing the business case for the intelligent IT data centre.

Internet Clients: Desktop, Mobile & Handheld
As computing and communications merge, and the Internet continues to grow, client usage models are evolving. Seamless interaction and connectivity are the keys to unlocking the opportunities inherent in this evolution. Multiple client devices exist in this new converged world requiring devices to work together, share functions and features and run on the same shared, scalable applications. Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless Communications and Computing Group, Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of the Desktop Platforms Group and Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Platforms Group will talk about the evolving usage models for business and the digital home with extended wireless PCs, mobile notebooks and portable handheld devices. They will also outline products and technologies that will enable “any device, any time, anywhere” connectivity for converged computing and communications.

About IDF Intel Developer Forum is a worldwide program that gives developers the technical information and vision they need to succeed in creating innovative products for the Internet economy. The IDF Fall 2002 conferences, held in Taiwan and throughout the world, feature a full slate of sessions and hands-on labs, along with numerous demonstrations of cutting-edge products and technologies. Industry participants include software and hardware developers of communications equipment, servers, and PC and handheld clients. Visit www.intel.com/idf/us for more on IDF Fall 2002 conferences. For the latest information on technology developments throughout the year, visit Intel Developer Update magazine at http://developer.intel.com/update.

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