Intel vice-president and chief technology officer Patrick Gelsinger at his key note session at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Mumbai said that silicon integration would lead to accelerating convergence of the computing and communications industries. This higher level of integration could be achieved through joint efforts of the industry and Intel in driving standards, manufacturing and specification areas. He further added that the industry collectively is poised to deliver new products and services that provide real innovation and customer benefit.
The IDF, a half-yearly event held throughout the world, was hosted in India for the third consecutive time and for the first time in Mumbai.
Mr Gelsinger said that the company is very excited about the Wi-Fi technology also called 802.11. The company had recently announced plans to invest $150 million in companies developing Wi-Fi technology worldwide.
Wi-Fi technology is an emerging and increasingly popular technology that provides high-speed wireless Internet access in many locations around the world, including airports, cafes, corporate offices, universities, factories and homes. This $150 million investment is part of Intels $500 million Communications Fund, managed by Intel Capital.
The company at its Developer Forum called upon local developers to recognise the opportunities in the convergence of computing and communications in India as the country becomes a total IT nation.
Intel Asia Electronics director for south asia Avtar Saini said, To accelerate our development as an IT nation, we should take advantage of the opportunities that the convergence of computing and communication offers. Indian developers should develop new computing devices that communicate and communication devices that compute. This will translate into global business opportunities for Indian technology companies in hardware design and development.
Intel also announced that the National Stock Exchange of India has deployed its mission-critical parallel Risk Management Solution (PRISM) running on Intel-based servers. The new deployment brings the benefit of a real-time risk management system to Indias financial markets, a critical component of an efficient futures and option market, said company officials. It announced that an online Passenger reservation system running on Intel-based servers has been launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways.