New Delhi, October4 2012: On the eve of its recent launch of a new nationwide print, TV and mobile marketing campaign titled “Go Do Something Wonderful” ( You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09AP2l1ODkU ), computing innovation leader Intel shared its renewed vision of putting the PC at the epicenter of our lives, at a day long “Conversations” event in Delhi. The company’s future vision was all about making a difference; making technology all-pervasive, said Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director of Intel South Asia in her opening remarks. With 3500 people in Indi—making this the largest non manufacturing site outside the US and as home to its first ever Frugal Computing Lab, Intel had a significant stake in India, she added. The company has been here for 43 years.
Sunil Sherlekar, Director of Intel’s Parallel Computing Research Lab pointed at the increasing democratization of high performance computing, where even a single Xeon 5 chip is capable of delivering one tera flop of sustained performance.
Coming down to earthier concerns, the conference highlighted the work of Bangalore-based Essae-Teraoka, a company that has created a smart POS system for the public distribution system, eliminating all malpractices. Since December 2012, Intel has joined HP, Dell, Lenovo, NASSCOM, Microsoft, NIIT and others in a National Digital Literacy Mission whose early results are simplified user interfaces like Darpan.
Greg Pearson, Intel’s Vice President for world wide sales said in his remarks that at 18% CAGR, the developing markets were growing faster that the developed world’s 10 % and would account for $ 20 trillion in consumer spends in the coming decade. And contrary to so many PC RIP stories, the personal computer in its various avatars was still the dominant Net access device.
Sanjay Vohra, GM Strategic Planning, PC Client Group at Intel suggested that within a year, joint work at Intel and Nuance ( makers of Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition) would enable users to talk to their PCs, do dictation, give oral commands, check mail and update social networks – all via voice.
Next in queue as a user friendly interface of the future? Gesture control and facial analysis; ultra books that convert to tablets; wireless charging of phones and notebooks ; all-in-one PCs that can be laid flat on a table to double as a surface computer.
Pradeep Tagare, Investment Director, Intel Capital, pointed at some leaders of innovative Indian companies in which Intel had invested – including Atul Phadnis of What’s-on-India, the nation’s first and biggest TV search and electronic programme guide player which has just expanded into the Middle East; Anil Pande of Vriti, a digital education content player Vijay Shekhar Sharma of One97 Communications, a mobile Internet services player.
Narendra Bhandari, Director, Intel South Asia’s Director for Software and Services Group, suggested how developers might work with Intel to create compelling cross platform apps and services. Over 2500 developers routinely work with Intel he added.
-- from Anand Parthasarathy in New Delhi