Intel's new chief executive is playing catch up in the wearables space, a hot and arguably over-hyped sector at this year's CES. Krzanich also aimed to show Intel is relevant to today's cutting-edge design trends at a time when the company's PC market is on the decline.
Intel's Edison comes in the wake of a rising tide of wearables such as Google Glass powered by a Texas Instruments SoC. Freescale rolled out its Warp at CES, a competing module for wearables.
Separately, Krzanich announced Intel’s first dual-operating system capability, giving two-in-one devices a new meaning. This year, users will be able to choose Windows or Android operating systems with the click of a button. Customers no longer have to choose between security and choice, he said.
"Intel SoCs are the only ones that offer that capability. You don't have to make a choice moving forward. You can have a secure environment... all offered with full 64-bit support," he said. "These capabilities will revolutionize how business gets done."
The move to providing equal support for Android and Windows for mobile systems is a milestone for Intel. It shows the PC giant recognizes the smartphone and tablet OS is as relevant as the PC operating system it was once mated to as part of a so-called "Wintel" duopoly.
In addition to the dual-OS capability, Intel has announced it will offer device protection technology across all devices, with MacAfee security coming standard on all new mobile units for free.
“We are in the midst of a transformation from a world of screens and devices to a world of immersive experiences,” Krzanich said. “With Edison, we believe opportunities are endless.”
— Jessica Lipsky, Associate Editor, EE Times