Intel CEO affirms interest in wearable devices

With pretty much all of the big dogs confirmed or rumored to be working on wearable computers, I suppose it was only a matter of time before Intel's name was included in the discussion. Freshly minted CEO Brian Krzanich told Reuters that the chip giant is working on hardware for wearable devices. We won't have to wait too long to see some of that hardware in action, either. Krzanich said wearable devices with Intel silicon should appear toward the end of this year or early next.

Interestingly, Krzanich revealed that Intel is both developing its own devices and trying to get its chips into wearable gear from other vendors. He didn't get into specifics, but it sounds like the Intel-produced devices are farther down the road than those that will only use the company's chips. There's no word on whether those chips will be smartphone-optimized Atom processors or custom solutions.

Intel's upcoming TV effort is due later this year, as well, and Krzanich mentioned a few tidbits about it. "We believe we have a great user interface and the compression-decompression technology is fantastic," he said. However, Krzanich also conceded that Intel isn't a player in the content industry, and that its lack of expertise is causing the company to tread carefully. Content will be crucially important for any TV endeavor, and current providers may not be eager to support services that could threaten their existing business models.

My television service needs a bigger overhaul than my wrist watch does, so I'm more interested in Intel's plans for the living room. Still, I wonder how much of a presence Intel will have in the wearable devices market. It arrived late to the smartphone party and hasn't yet made much of an impact there. If wearable computers turn out to be the next big thing, Intel may at least have an earlier start in that race.

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