KARACHI: Higher adoption rate of new technology in Pakistan, increased connectivity, greater use of broadband, and excitement for third generation (3G) technology might bring more investment in technology in 2014 that will certainly boost the economy.
Intel Pakistan Corporation Country Manager Naveed Siraj told Daily Times on Saturday that Intel has ever been introducing innovative solutions in its multiple products in different segments.
Such technology innovations include rich user experience, performance improvement, security benefits, etc to the consumer. He said, in 2014 Intel will push more tablets into the use of common man. "Intel is basically a chip making giant. It is our collaboration with manufacturers that makes technology products available to the consumer."
According to the latest forecast from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, worldwide tablet shipments are expected to reach a total of 270.5 million units in 2014 as compared with 221.3 million units forecast in this outgoing year 2013 and 144.3 shipments in 2012. By 2017, the shipment will peak at 386.3 million units.
One key factor to watch going forward is the mix of small versus large tablets. The market has trended toward small tablets in a big way over last 24 months, but the rise of large phones could well push consumers back toward larger tablets as the difference between a six-inch smartphone and a seven-inch tablet is not great enough to warrant purchasing both.
He added to use the technology it is necessary for common people to have an easy access to broadband connections. And besides big cities, still there are many small cities, towns, districts, villages, etc where broadband connections are not available.
He said such use of broadband connections, plus 3G licence might bring more investment in telecommunication sector in coming years.
"Intel is not making only investments in the country but also making products easily affordable to the final consumer so that everyone could have easy access to technology."
Besides, Intel has also been very active in information technology (IT) literacy programmes to the students from nursery to intermediate level.
The company predicts 2014 will bring rapid increase in emerging technologies as well as the emergence of a whole new sector for home entertainment as more and more TV shows, movies and content will be created for mobile devices.
As more people get connected, demand for big data services will grow, said Intel Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Head of Public Relations and Marketing Asma Aziz.
People's interaction with technology is changing every year, resulting in emergence of all kinds of computing devices, such as all-in-ones, two-in-ones, convertibles and detachable, Ms Aziz said.
In Pakistan, the use of data and connectivity is higher compared to many other markets in the world, she said, adding the demand for big data services will grow in years to come.
For Intel, the main highlights in 2013 were the release of Intel's 4th Generation Core Processors, Intel's Silvermont micro-architecture and Intel Atom Processor Z3000 series- which has been designed for tablets and smartphones.
The year 2013 was exciting for Intel in the Asia Pacific region. Technology innovation from the region made possible devices with an immersive and personal computing experience.
Intel is proud to be a driving force behind this innovation. This outgoing year Intel made a leap forward by delivering next generation processors that changed the way people use and interact with computing technology from interactive signs, smart cars to smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks and servers.
Intel also continued its work to help transform Asia into a global powerhouse through focus on education, encouraging the adoption of 21st century skills and investing in Asian start-ups and entrepreneurs across the region.
In 2013 Intel made smarter, faster and more secure computing possible through the integration of revolutionary technology. The highlight of the year was the release of Intel's 4th Generation Core Processor, enabling a range of two in one convertible devices that can act as both a tablet and a personal computer (PC). Intel Labs conducted research that found PC's are approximately 1.8x faster than they were four years ago.
It wasn't just tablets and desktops that surprised and delighted in 2013, the launch of Intel's Silvermont micro-architecture in May, introduced an innovative 22nm Tri-Gate System-on-a-Chip (SoC) process, promising to deliver significant increase in performance and energy efficiency.
Silvermont delivers ~3x more peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over current-generation Intel Atom processor core.
Another massive release for the device market was the Intel Atom Processor Z3000 series which has been designed for tablets and smart phones.
Formally known as Bay Trail, the chip has been designed to increase battery life on high usage devices and allows manufacturers to provide thinner, lighter and more powerful devices at a range of different price points. Continuing Intel's commitment to consumers to make computing easier, faster and more engaging will continue with the emergence of a whole new sector for home entertainment in 2014. As more and more TV shows, movies and content are created for mobile devices, the media industry is undergoing a massive change across the globe.
Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair held in 2013 was one of the world's largest high school science research competitions, encouraging millions of students to use their imagination to come up with innovative solutions across a range of areas.
This outgoing year more than 1,500 students from around the globe were given the opportunity to travel to Phoenix, Arizona to present their ideas.
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