SAN FRANCISCO -- Ultrabooks and Intel's upcoming Haswell x86 architecture were the stars of the Intel Developer Forum. But the annual event also included updates on everything from smartphones and embedded systems to flash memory, servers and USB 3.0.
Dadi Perlmutter, general manager of the Intel Architecture Group, kicked off the event with a broad keynote on everything from smartphones to servers. Afterwards, he jousted with reporters, facing off with their questions on issues of the day.
For example, one analyst asked if the Ultrabook still looks like a hero product despite slow uptake to date. Perlmutter said Intel is "keeping its foot on the gas," noting innovations in user interfaces, form factors and more.
Indeed Intel brought many diverse Windows 8-based Ultrabooks to IDF. The pages ahead show a sampler of them as well as some Atom-based smartphones, servers and embedded systems.
We also saw upcoming solid state drives using the NVMe protocol and a diversity of USB 3.0 chips and tools--including a USB 3.0 controller for handsets.
Dadi Perlmutter fielded questions from the press after his keynote.
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