Forbes had an interview with Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Enterprise Group. They talked about the company's new strategy, which aims to put Intel chips in everything from cars to medical devices to handheld devices.
Forbes: Intel's direction for decades was faster processing and more power. What's changed?
Pat Gelsinger: If I'm doing a Google map, I don't want the entire planet represented on an iPhone. That's an enormous database, and I need just one little piece of that. That's the quintessential cloud. There is a large aggregation of data or services on the back end, a small amount of data and bandwidth that you need to provide to it. Those applications are ideal for the iPhones of the future. If you look at the three basic elements of a computing resource, it's processing, storage and communications. But communications is the weakest of the three. Moore's Law applies directly to processing. Storage is growing faster than Moore's Law. Communications is growing significantly slower, so applications that demand high bandwidth never effectively use a cloud model.