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Keynote: Intel CEO sees 'Extended PC Era'
(IDG) -- The home of the future will have more digital consumer products interconnect through powerful home PCs, according to Intel President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Barrett, who is slated to deliver the keynote address at the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Barrett will introduce the "Extended PC Era" and the concept of an emerging consumer scenario that Intel calls PCX -- the PC to the power of X, according to a news release issued by Intel ahead of Barrett's keynote.
Barrett will tout the PC as the center of a digital universe that is expanding. The home PC will be tasked to do even more, and consumers will be at the center of their own Internet experiences, according to Barrett's prepared remarks. He will predict that in the near future 1 billion PCs will be connected to the Internet.
Barrett will demonstrate how digital cameras, toys, camcorders, books, personal audio products and PDAs (personal digital assistants) deliver their full value when linked to a powerful PC. Barrett also will demonstrate how powerful PCs will assist consumers in reproducing music tracks, processing images, editing their own home digital movies, and interacting with 3D environments.
In a preview of prototypes Barrett will demonstrate a Pentium 4-based PC that can automatically synchronize voice mail and e-mail with a cellular phone-based PDA. The Pentium 4 was officially launched in November running at clock speeds around 1.5GHz. Intel expects the processor to hit the 2GHz mark by the third quarter of next year. In another demonstration Barrett will use a Web tablet linked wirelessly to a home PC to purchase a Formula One hat online while watching an auto race on television.
Barrett's speech is being called a "pre-event kickoff." The Consumer Electronics Show opens its doors to the public on Saturday with Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates delivering the official "opening keynote" at 8:30 a.m. PST. He is expected to show off the company's Xbox game console and its Ultimate TV, which marries satellite television, WebTV, and digital video recording. The company also will highlight new Internet devices based on the Windows CE operating system.
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