Intel this week tried to breathe some life into a device category that's not exactly fertile ground: the desktop PC.
At the Game Developers Conference
, the chipmaker said it was reinventing
the desktop PC.
How is it being reinvented? "The desktop has gone from just a beige tower to all these new [designs]: touch, 170+ desktop [all-in-one] focused apps," an Intel spokesman told CNET.
In the GDC release, Intel goes on to cite "tiny PCs," small Steambox gaming systems, and portable AIO (all-in-one) PCs in the kitchen as reinvention.
Probably better, however, to call it a tweak to the desktop PC's internals, at least as far as Intel is concerned. Those modifications include the chipmaker's first 8-core processor for gaming rigs. "For those who demand the highest processor core count and memory bandwidth on the desktop, Intel will deliver an 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core processor Extreme Edition in the second half of this year," Lisa Graff, an Intel vice president and general manager, said at GDC earlier this week.