Each year at Computex, Intel uses the opening keynote to give a pep talk to its partners in Taiwan that design and build the world’s laptops and desktops. This year the company was forced to do even more cheerleading than usual.
The headline is that Intel announced the industry’s first 14nm processor family, but the reality is that Broadwell is late and won’t be available until the holidays. Furthermore Intel’s current mobile chipsets are not cost-competitive, forcing it to subsidize tablets until new processors arrive in early 2015.
Despite these setbacks, Intel President Renee James said that Moore’s Law will continue to drive innovation and revive a sluggish PC market. Noting that the PC had been left for dead many times over in the past, she urged partners in Taiwan to continue developing new x86 devices such as smartphones, tablets and 2-in-1s.