Arik Hesseldahl

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Intel’s Otellini Sees Lots and Lots of Ivy Bridge Machines in Your Future

During a conference call with analysts discussing Intel’s quarterly earnings, CEO Paul Otellini had a look at what’s to come with its latest chip known internally as Ivy Bridge.

He said that Intel is currently tracking more than 140 Ivy Bridge-based machines in various stages of the design process. Of those, more than 40 will be touch-enabled and a dozen will be convertibles, or notebooks with a screen that flips around so it can be used like a tablet.

On the subject of tablets, Otellini says Intel views them essentially as “incremental machines” that will command an increasingly larger share of the consumer wallet. With Microsoft set to release Windows 8 later this year, Otellini said that Intel “will participate in that market,” but that sales of Intel-based Windows 8 tablets won’t be material in 2012. Those tablets, by the way, will be built around a variant of Intel’s low-power Atom chip codenamed Clover Trail. At least 20 of those tablets are in the works, too.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik