On the third day of the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF), the celebrity factor was cranked up somewhat. The keynote address featured Jeff Greenfield, CNN's senior analyst and host of the network's CEO Exchange. Jeff did a short monologue that was quite funny. Then he interviewed three of Freescale's GMs, representing the transportation (Paul Grimme), wireless (Sandeep Chennakeshu), and networking (David Perkins) sectors.
While the exchange between the host and three GMs was lively and entertaining, no real tough questions were asked. But here are some of the more interesting responses (note that I'm paraphrasing):
Perkins: Innovation across the entire network is being driven by video.
Chennakeshu: Ten years ago the killer app was voice. Today's it's still voice.
Grimme: In five years, cars will evolve from something that protects you in a crash to something that will avoid a crash.
Chennakeshu: There is still a market for separate (un-converged) devices. The products that win will be those that are the most convenient.
Grimme: Cars are being returned to the dealer for a new reasondead batteries, thanks to all the electronics being integrated (he cited Europe in particular for this phenomenon).
The best line fro the event came from Perkins, when asked what spot in the world he would most like to visit. He replied, "I'd love to visit a lot of the places I've been to."
Yes, business travel is quite glamorous.
Unfortunately, that concludes my week at FTF. But it was a week well spent.