Naveed Siraj- Country Manager Intel Pakistan

Intel is one name which is not only common among every other household or office you can possibly think of, its reminiscent of greatness. The world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturing company held a lavish event at one of the local hotels in Karachi yesterday where Mr. Naveed Siraaj, GM Pakistan shared a few thoughts on what the company has achieved so far in 2015 and also shed light on what great things we are to expect from the tech giants going forward in 2016.

In the words of Mr. Siraj, “Asia is a hotbed of innovation. New devices from numerous Chinese Tec Technology Ecosystem are increasingly coming to market, enabling more personal and engaging experiences designed specifically for the Asia-Pacific and Japan region. Simultaneously, some of the latest and and most innovative technologies ranging from super computers to computer processors, are being developed right here in Asia”

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Besides some of the aforementioned key highlights, Intel is also currently working with some of the leading tech Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEMs) in Asia such as Lenovo and Asus as far as mobile computing is concerned and hopefully we might get to experience those devices in the not so distant future here in Pakistan as well. The latest trends in tech these days mostly comprises of smartphones, portable computing devices like tablets, hybrid PCs, wearable devices such as smart watches and health bands and last but certainly not the least, the fast growing trend of Internet of things (IoT). With rapid advancements in silicon technology, Intel has not only opened a gateway for integrating and enhancing its own ecosystem, but at the same time has also provided a platform for other OEMs to pursue their resources towards R&D and innovation.

As far as the future is concerned, we are expecting to see a host of new innovations that include the next generation of nano chipsets on the 14nm architecture along with smart devices such as the next gen version of the Intel Compute Stick, the 6th generation Sky lake processors for PCs and servers, the ultra fast and powerful Cherry Trail processors for portable devices and the upcoming range of Intel SoFIA chip sets for smartphones and tablets with support for ultra fast LTE and 5G cellular connectivity. In 2016, both these processors will find their way into even smaller form factors.

Naveed Siraj Country Manager Intel Pakistan Adressing the attendees of YELTS 2015

A key trend to watch in 2016 is the potential for miniature form factors such as Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and Compute Stick to drive greater take-up of computing throughout Asia Pacific and Japan. The user case for the NUC – as a miniature PC that fits within a human hand yet offers capabilities that rival a desktop – is particularly compelling in emerging markets. Although it requires a connection to other components that must be purchased separately such as a keyboard, monitor and hard drive, it is ideal for people eager to customize setups. The NUC’s compact size makes it ideal for homes and workplaces in densely populated Asian cities where floor space is scarce. In addition, its ability to store and play high-quality media including movies, music, and games makes it a dynamic home entertainment tool.

 Finally, the NUC’s power efficiency enables massive cost savings and upscale potential. For example, a school in an underprivileged community may quickly exhaust its power budget with only a handful of desktop computers. By contrast, using NUCs allows exponentially more students to gain access to classroom technology. This represents an incredible opportunity in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam which have a 2.4% penetration rate and 89 million students combined.

 Intel Compute Stick

Originally innovated in Malaysia, the Intel Compute Stick is another miniature, low-cost form factor with exciting potential to erode technology adoption barriers. At present, there are about 50 million digital television sets in South East Asia. By plugging in the Compute Stick, a television monitor can instantly become smart and compute-ready, offering a variety of attractive educational and entertainment uses. For example, students could simply take their Compute Stick to school each day rather than have to carry around a laptop or a USB that’s susceptible to viruses. In a sign of things to come in 2016, Intel has begun collaborating with telecommunications providers such as StarHub in Singapore and PLDT in the Philippines to bundle the Compute Stick as part of home broadband and video-streaming subscriptions. Businesses have also shown interest in using the form factor to deliver intelligent digital signage.

Therefore, in 2016, Intel innovation is poised to act as a force multiplier for the innate strengths of Asia Pacific and Japan: it’s increasingly affluent middle-class population, its nascent start-up culture, its growing tech ecosystem, and young people who are the world’s leading adopters of technology. As a world of ubiquitous connectivity comes into view and begins to drive new value for individuals and societies, Intel is confident that the future of computing is indeed bright.

Talk Android Phones would like to once again thank Intel for letting us be a part of this event and we wish the company best of luck for the future.

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