Taking Tech to the Next Level
Written on June 6, 2012.
I think we’ve become sort of blasé about big advances in technology. Just 20 years ago – that would be 1992 – we were carrying around cell phones that looked like a brick, routinely dropped calls, and cost us $75 per month without any data or texting plans – because that capability didn’t yet exist. Our laptops looked like this, were considered “portable” at 14 pounds, and had a whopping 20MB hard drive. That’s megabytes, people! You could fill an entire hard drive with 4 MP3s – except the MP3 algorithm had yet to be invented.
Think about it. In the past 20 years we’ve seen the rise of text messaging, then actual smartphones. We’ve seen “portable” computers give way to 3-pound Ultrabooks. We’ve seen film cameras replaced by digital SLRs. And the Intel 8086 processor which ran at 10Mhz and had 29,000 processors is now superseded by the newly released 3rd generation Intel Core processor family running at speeds up to 2.9Ghz and built with more than 1 billion transistors. To put that processing power in perspective, that’s like going from Highland, Illinois – a small town of about 9,807 located just north of St. Louis – to Chicago which has a population in excess of 2 million.
It’s not just that bigger is better or that more transistors make a processor faster. It’s what those transistors – that technology – enables. With the new 3rd generation Intel Core vPro processor family you can create and share video faster than before, have your online apps update even when your system is asleep, resume from sleep and connect wirelessly in seconds, have remarkable power efficiency because of the 22nm process technology, and have the whole system more secure from the threat of viruses and malware, as well as providing more secure access and better data protection.
What all that means for business – and your clients – is that they can be more productive, more efficient, and more secure. Intel is enabling new ways of computing in ways only the most visionary of us imagined 20 years ago. Who could have imagined sitting in a coffee shop, using free high-speed Internet and an Ultrabook that weighs less than a dictionary (remember those?) to connect to an office 326 miles away? I know I couldn’t, but that’s exactly where I am today – working with small businesses customers in Las Vegas while also checking on business at my home office back at Intel in Chandler, Arizona.
Eric Townsend is Director of MSP and SMB Marketing for Intel Corporation. You can contact Eric at email@example.com.