Winter 2002 IDF - Day 1
Twice each year Intel puts on the Intel Developers Forum here in the U.S., which is a chance for people within the industry to get together and find out what Intel and its partners have cooking for the next six months. This event is being held in sunny San Jose, California, and the weather has of course been good, but the bigger question is what new surprises are in store.
Day one could perhaps be called the event's ramp up day, and always really gets the ball rolling. And this year was no exception. By all accounts from others who had been here before, it takes a little time to really get things into gear. The focus of IDF is always more on the technical briefings than the Technology Showcase, which is not to say that you can't find good information and demonstrations in there as well, but don't expect the lavish booth extravaganzas that you perhaps find at some other shows, because at IDF the focus is strictly on the technology. If you want to learn about what is going on in the industry, you will get about all of the vision you can handle and more technical briefings than you can possibly attend.
Keynote Address From Patrick Gelsinger & A Message
To lead things off, Intel's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Patrick Gelsinger treated us to an excellent presentation that was full of vision. What was unique about this vision is that it carried a message. His message was that Intel will continue to produce the silicon that is the engine that powers computing, and that they will move to provide the tools to deliver information anytime, anywhere and on any device.