This spring’s IDF draws to a close and the Moscone Centre is full of shell shocked geeks staggering out with the look of people who just want to analogue out with a good book.
Personally I’m heading home with a strong desire for Marmite toast, some dead tree publications to read, and no keyboards for a few days. Many others feel the same and the bars of San Francisco will be doing good business tonight.
It’s been a good show – initially very content free but some themes have become clear.
Firstly AMD need to do some catching up. After whupping Intel but good on 32/64 bit processors they’re starting to lose that lead. Intel has spent the interim investing heavily in dual core and multi core processors and is about to steal back the lead on processor technology.
Secondly Intel’s relationship with Microsoft is as strong as ever and it’s going to use that leverage on the business market to good effect. Open source vendors beware – you’re not going to get a look in on new security hardware until Redmond is good and ready.
Finally the race over GHz speed is finally over. The next generation of processors aren’t going to be faster, they are going to be smarter. Bigger front side bus, fatter data pipes and stacked memory are the new battleground.
This is going to make things more difficult for IT buyers but you’ll need to get smarter if you’re going to stay ahead.
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