Intel Developer Forum Fall 2004 kicked off today with the usual keynote address by one of Intel's top executive, Paul Otellini, President and Chief Operating Officer. The three day event will allow technologists from the various industry to discuss and address all of the latest technologies available today and in the future. For most of us, it is an opportunity to learn what's new and to mingle with the experts of the industry which at the end of it, we hope to bring you a comprehensive coverage of what's happening with the industry and how you can be best prepared to embrace the upcoming technologies.
In the first keynote of the day, Otellini talked about the growth of the industry after the Internet bubble burst back in 2000. Otellini described how the growth of the industry today is happening not only in the computing arena, but in the communications space as well. The growth in both the computing and communications did not just happen by chance, as we know that the convergence of these two technologies were probably the main growth drivers. Intel's Centrino Mobile Technology brought the Wi-Fi technology to mobile computing and about 65% of notebooks shipped today come with built-in Wi-Fi. Intel expects the numbers to hit more than 90% in the years that follow. It goes without saying that Wi-Fi has certainly changed the way we compute as well as how we communicate.
The convergence of both compute and communication facilities also took place in the mobile phone industry with data-enabled phones now crossing over the unit shipments of voice-only phones. Interestingly, the data traffic of mobile phones had a 56% compound annual growth rate. These evidences point to what Intel has talked about over the past IDFs and it's pretty clear that the market is driving the convergence of computing and communication.
Otellini went on to look at the amount of digital data found inside the walls of Intel and the total amount of data found on the surface of the worldwide web. What's interesting is that Moore's Law seems to be evidently driving the growth of digital data. Otellini pointed out that the amount of digital data, whether be it in the office or the web, is effectively doubling in size every 18 months. Obviously, with the amount of data growing like Moore's Law, Intel is committed to building solutions that have the ability to handle that sheer amount of data.
Otellini also talked about the growth of Internet users in Asia and ROW (rest of the world, e.g. Latin America, Eastern Europe) and that the amount of Internet users in Asia is estimated to make up one-third of the bulk of Internet users in 2010. One of the ways that Intel is ensuring that this growth is happening is by seeding efforts on the streets in cities of emerging countries. Otellini gave an example of how Intel is educating students how to use the computer and trained over one million teachers in the world on how to integrate computer technology into their curriculum. At the same time, Intel is also committed to ensuring that these areas have proper deployment of broadband Internet facilities, in order that these computers get connected and communicate with others. At the end of the day, Intel intends to capitalize on this growth.
Paul Otellini, President and Chief Operating Officer of Intel Corporation addressed a crowd of about 5,000 engineers, developers, designers and other technology leaders at IDF Fall 2004 today.