|Intel CEO Paul Otellini welcomes Google's Andy Rubin onstage at IDF|
An executive of McAfee pointed out the challenge of "Day Zero" trojan viruses (i.e. those for which there is no history), which can install root kits that become deeply embedded at the kernel level of an operating system. A traditional software-only approach to virus protection often fails to catch such threats to PC security. The Intel and McAfee collaboration will be based on a combination of hardware and software, using behavioral monitoring to block trojans in a new, more effective solution which the companies have dubbed “DeepSafe”
|Intel demonstrated this Medfield processor based tablet, |
running the Honeycomb OS, in a "computing continuum" demo at IDF.
It is apparent that Intel is backing away from the Meego operating system, which they announced in a collaboration with Nokia just about one and a half years ago. With Nokia now moving to Microsoft Windows 7 mobile operating system, Meego is about to become another orphan OS. Nevertheless, Intel has two Meego-related sessions scheduled for later today and tomorrow at IDF.
|SFTS006||MeeGo* Technical Deep-Dive Session for Developers||Lecture Session|
Technical Marketing Engineer,
Technical Marketing Engineer Manager,
|SFTS011||Overview and Market Opportunities forMeeGo* Developers||Lecture Session|
OS Tablet Segment Manager,
Director, ISPD Product Marketing,
In a surprise, Otellini disclosed that the smartphone that was used in the demo is Medfield-based, and is a working prototype which is being made available now to development partners. Otellini said:
We have learned a lot of things about smartphone silicon and device design. We want to make the Intel architecture the platform of choice.
Finally, Otellini announced a collaboration with Google, bringing VP of Android Engineering Andy Rubin onstage to declare that all future versions of Android will be optimized (no doubt non-exclusively) for the Intel architecture. With ARM-based processors continuing to dominate the mobile space, it will be interesting to see if this belated shift to Android bears fruit in the near future.