Intel is also extending Bay Trail chips to low-cost Windows 8, Android and Chrome OS laptops and desktops. The company will also highlight developments in ultrabooks, which are thin and light laptops that can also function as tablets. Adoption of ultrabooks has been poor due to high product prices, but Lenovo and Dell in the past month have announced new laptops and hybrids based on Intel's fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell.
The chip maker is also expected to announce new server chips, and will also touch upon new data center technologies such as optical networking. Intel is tuning many of its server chips specific to software applications, and many technology briefing sessions will be focused on software development for big data, supercomputing and mobile devices.
Intel is also dabbling in the area of open-source PCs and the "Internet of things." In addition, the company will demonstrate Thunderbolt 2, which will transfer data between host PCs and peripherals at twice the speed of its current 10G bps (bits per second) rate.
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