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Thread: Intel Predicts Five Technology Trends For 2004

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    Sydney, Australia, 22nd December, 2003 - Technology trends are fun to watch.
    They offer a compelling mix of unfamiliarity, excitement, mystery and possibility. Predictions afford a glimpse into the future and will often transform people's lifestyles - if they come true.

    Intel Corporation has a great track record on technology predictions. Almost four decades ago, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors on an individual piece of silicon would double every couple of years. This prediction came to be known as "Moore's Law" and it helped fuel the pace of innovation that led to home computers and portable communications equipment. Fast forward to 2004 for a look at five interesting technology trends to watch for in the coming year.

    A Wireless Digital Home
    The lines between the PC and Consumer Electronics (CE) industries will become increasingly blurred, but the benefits for consumers will be remarkably clear.

    PCs will begin to take on more CE-functions while traditional CE devices will feature computing power and more capabilities. The melding of these worlds will produce an influx of exciting "converged" products and entirely new categories of devices, such as wireless-enabled devices such as networked DVD players and camcorders.

    This new category of products will to work together with a wireless network in "the digital home," a connected environment where consumers can access personal content - anytime, anywhere on any device.

    Desktop, Hotspot?
    With the introduction of Intel® Centrino(tm) mobile technology, sleeker, lighter notebooks with built-in wireless networking capabilities allowed consumers to wirelessly access the Internet from "hotspots" located in coffee bars, airports, restaurants, hotels and public parks around the world.

    In the coming months, look for wireless capabilities to become integrated into desktop PCs as the digital home emerges. A new chipset from Intel will incorporate an innovation called "Integrated AP," or integrated access point, which gives desktop PCs the capability to be "stand-alone" wireless network hubs, creating a "hotspot" in the home.

    Phones Get "Smarter," More Powerful
    Sophisticated PC capabilities will begin to appear in smaller devices- namely, cell phones and PDAs. Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) is helping drive an array of next-generation "smart phones" and PDAs with PC-like capabilities that will be available in 2004. With horsepower rivalling that of previous-generation laptops, consumers can wirelessly surf the Web, experience music, video clips and even movie trailers in an entirely new way on these pocket-sized communications devices.

    Wi-Fi Goes to the "Max"
    Several metropolitan cities across the globe now boast hundreds of commercial and public Wi-Fi hotspots. But what about consumers in emerging markets or in sparsely populated rural areas where the technology is significantly more costly to deploy? Enter WiMAX.

    The popular name for the 802.16 wireless standard, WiMAX is a wireless metropolitan area network. One WiMAX antenna can cost effectively deliver broadband to homes up to 30 miles away, eliminating the expense of deploying wires. Implementing WiMAX will essentially provide an entire town with wireless communications capability.

    Intel's production of WiMAX silicon, scheduled for the second half of 2004, will help accelerate the technology's deployment in 2005 and beyond.

    Doctor Digital
    Computers have made a powerful impact on the world of medicine, from researchers using supercomputers to identify cures for complex diseases to doctors easily accessing patient information on tablet PCs and PDAs.

    In 2004, technology will open up new health care models. For instance, Intel is working with medical researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to explore how Intel technology that detects chemical compositions during chip manufacturing could also be used to examine proteins in human blood serum and foretell susceptibility to various forms of disease.

    Intel will begin testing smart technologies predicated on wireless "sensor networks" in the homes of people diagnosed with cognitive decline. These sensors would track people's individual behaviour patterns to analyse treatment options and anticipate problems as well as provide the necessary visual and audio prompts if they detect those persons are having difficulty performing routine tasks.

    About Intel
    Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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    Default Re: Intel Predicts Five Technology Trends For 2004

    great stuff

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