Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Oldest First | Newest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 7   >   >>
User Rank
media consumption to content creation
junko.yoshida   8/23/2013 3:54:34 PM
So, analyst Peddie believes:

I think the tablet will now go from just a media consumption device to a content creation machine.

I am not entirely on board with that premise -- at least on a personal level. I love my tablet precisely because it's not capable of doing my work. When I am on my tablet, it's all play and no work. I don't even check my e-mails....

User Rank
Seems like the natural progression
Bert22306   8/23/2013 4:17:35 PM
While I don't agree that PCs are hard to use, nor that they are obsoleted every two years (not these days, anyway), I think the trend you describe (tablets becoming real PCs) has been going on for some time. Certainly with the advent of the Surface tablet. Good to see that Intel appears to be on the right track.

I have less than zero interest in tablets of the iPad sort, although a super-portable PC which can also be docked, for use beyond the mere little gadget - tiny screen -ridiculously compromised I/O - not to mention reliance on silly "apps" that no one ever needed with a PC, would be very nice. And it seems almost an obvious progression of the PC.

User Rank
toy, not work
krisi   8/23/2013 4:20:14 PM
I am with Junko on this...tablet is a nice toy, I have it and use it for fun...but I can't do any work on it...and I am not special, I assert 90% of engineers can't do any real work on tablets, let's take a poll amoung EE Times readers!...Kris

rick merritt
User Rank
Sell thru of x86/Windows tablets
rick merritt   8/23/2013 5:15:09 PM
...there's the rub. It seems the tablet world is mainly arm/android. I haven't seen many compelling systems or volume sales for x86/win versions yet. Anyone else?

Duane Benson
User Rank
Return of the worksataion?
Duane Benson   8/23/2013 5:16:54 PM
Back in the early days of personal computing, complex CAD and other applications requiring heavy lifting, used workstations. The term wasn't as generic back then as it is today. Essentially, they were just really powerful (for the day) small computers optimized for computational processing.

As PCs became more powerful, the performance gap decreased and the expense gap increased to the point where a "workstation" just became a more powerful PC.

Perhaps, that category will be returning. The gap between what many, many people need (those that can get by with a tablet) and what engineers and designers need has suddenly gotten quite large again.

My prediction is that the categories will fall out as such:

1) Personal home use computing and light corporate computing needs will be addressed by tablets and tablet/notebook hybrids.

2) Hard core gamers will have more traditional PC type systems with powerful CPUs and GPUs.

3) Engineers, and media producers will have more traditional PC type systems optimized similarly to game systems, but for commercial usage.

Category one is already at risk of replacement, even though it's not fully evolved. Not long from now it will be a person's phone wirelessly connected to dumb displays and input devices.

Categories 2 and 3 will likely keep the form factor for quite a while yet.

User Rank
Re: Return of the worksataion?
junko.yoshida   8/23/2013 5:52:36 PM
Duane, workstation is a nice analogy. Obviously, tablets are getting powerful enough to do PCs' job, just as PCs got powerful enough to do workstations' job. The question, then, is as you pointed out, will "personal home use computing" become all tablets?

User Rank
Re: Return of the worksataion?
Bert22306   8/23/2013 7:06:19 PM
Junko, in terms of actual time spent on the PC, most of my "personal use computing" at home is probably watching Internet TV. For that, I'm in the den watching on a 42" HDTV set and separate audio system.

If I can dock a tablet to connect it to the HDTV set and the audio system, then it would make sense. Otherwise, why would I ever want to go to tablet for this?

I guess I'm saying, although tablets are getting more powerful, they're still small gadgets. In place of a book or magazine, sure. In place of home theater, uuh, not so good. There are uses of the home PC that a tablet, by itself, will remain unsuited for.

User Rank
Re: toy, not work
pixie1   8/23/2013 8:26:06 PM
" I assert 90% of engineers can't do any real work on tablets, "


That's true but what percentage of computing users in the world (smartphone-only users included) are engineers?

One aspect of the issue I did not see addressed in the comments so far is the use of VNC sessions. Sure, I use a laptop for design work but that same design work is performed on powerful machines in remote locations that I merely access screen sessions on. I don't see how a comparatively "wimpy" docked tablet or even phone couldn't do the same. I'm just using this thing to pass mouse and key inputs.

User Rank
Where is the meat?
KB3001   8/24/2013 6:40:57 AM
I find this article full of assertions with no substance. It is about time we saw real solid numbers to have any confidence in Intel's claims. The latest AnTuTu mobile benchmark fiasco does not give me any confidence things are about to change.....

User Rank
Re: Sell thru of x86/Windows tablets
jonpeddie   8/24/2013 8:24:21 AM
It's the x86-based tablets, using Intel's new Atom-based SoC and AMD's APU that will allow us to do real work on a tablet. I agree, the Android tablets are imposible and don't have the app base for producity (Sure, you canget by and compromise by unlearning everything you did learn for the past ten years). X86 tablets will change the game and our usage modes

Page 1 / 7   >   >>

Autonomous vehicles on our roads soon? What could go wrong with that? Listen in as EE Times' Junko Yoshida asks industry experts what the intended and unintended consequences will be.
Most Recent Comments
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Special Video Section
The LTC®4015 is a complete synchronous buck controller/ ...
The LTC®2983 measures a wide variety of temperature sensors ...
The LT®3042 is a high performance low dropout linear ...
Chwan-Jye Foo (C.J Foo), product marketing manager for ...
The LT®3752/LT3752-1 are current mode PWM controllers ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...