Intel drops the curtain on the Intel Developer Forum

Intel unceremoniously killed its long-running Intel Developer Forum event series today with a terse announcement on the IDF site:

Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward. Thank you for nearly 20 great years with the Intel Developer Forum! Intel has a number of resources available on, including a Resource and Design Center with documentation, software, and tools for designers, engineers, and developers. As always, our customers, partners, and developers should reach out to their Intel representative with questions.

In past years, IDF served as a rich conduit for new x86-related product announcements, architectural details, and more happenings around Intel, making it one of the can't-miss events of the PC hardware calendar. The Tech Report attended and reported on many an IDF over the years, but it appears that yours truly's experience with the show will begin and end with IDF 2016.

In a statement to Anandtech, Intel says that as it broadens its non-PC businesses, a single event like IDF doesn't let it communicate with its various communities the way it wants to. Indeed, the Kaby Lake CPU briefing from last year's event wasn't even officially part of IDF. Instead, it sounds like we'll be getting narrower, more frequent briefings like that Kaby Lake side event and the recent Optane Tech Day so that each new innovation or product gets enough breathing room in the future. Fair enough, we suppose.

Still, losing IDF means losing a great opportunity to socialize with Intel employees, partners, and members of the tech press from around the world in one spot, and whatever comes next almost certainly won't fill that hole. Adieu, IDF.

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    • blahsaysblah
    • 3 years ago

    They have to claw back the MacAfee losses somehow.

    I mean this is Intel, any penny-wise/pound-foolish comments are likely on the mark, yet at the same time, off the mark for the amount of utter waste involved in overhead. Both true and false at same time, wait, is Intel hinting at their quantum tech?

    • Tristan
    • 3 years ago

    Intel will copy AMD apporach, and begin to release slides

      • Longsdivision
      • 3 years ago

      Hey, the interns worked hard on those power points!

    • TwoEars
    • 3 years ago

    Well that’s a bit of a shame. Maybe they want to split it up into several different event and focus on each part individually, but it was very useful to have a big event like this at the same time every years and have intel present their broad vision. I fear perhaps the helicopter perspective will be lost a bit. And it’s also useful for companies to get outside of their little bubble and socialize with different people from around the world, you can get some great ideas and feeback that way.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 3 years ago

    I always wanted to go to one of these…

      • stmok
      • 3 years ago

      An IDF admission costs US$1500.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Yes, but if you knew anything about my ability to consume crab puffs and top-shelf liquor, you’d know that Intel didn’t make a profit on my ticket!

    • Lianna
    • 3 years ago

    Maybe they could finally properly link up-to-date Optimization Manual including Goldmont (Apollo Lake) architecture?

    Edit: Link, not publish. Usability and searchability of their website is… low.

    • thedosbox
    • 3 years ago

    I’m going to guess Zak gets sent to the Intel LED event?

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      “RGB LED event?”. Happy to fix that for you. ;->

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    A live look-in at [url=<]Intel IDF planning offices[/url<].

    • slowriot
    • 3 years ago

    I’m very cynical about this stuff but I imagine… they’re killing off the event where real information was provided to people who could actually benefit from it. And instead focus on “influencer” events where they’ll wine and dine popular online personalities for coverage that might as well be paid marketing.

    All these tech companies, even the one’s like Intel who make more “core” tech than gadgets, rather have their events covered by YT personalities who will glamorize PR events for access and paid trips.

      • w76
      • 3 years ago

      I got a feeling that’s part of it, but also with things stagnating there’s less to talk about. Maybe if AMD brings some heat and has the money to maintain the pressure, IDF will return in 2018 or 2019.

      But with Intel in a position of such utter dominance, what’s the point in letting plebs in on what’s going on at Intel? Why put employees in front of people that might potentially seek to poach them? Why bother marketing on technical or B2B terms when the win is almost a foregone conclusion?

      Of course, Ryzen puts them on notice, so there’s already some hubris in all this.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Interestingly the Moscone Center is still publicly listed as being reserved by Intel for the original IDF dates.


      • the
      • 3 years ago

      Could be cheaper to hold onto the reservation than trying to get out of it with the venue. Events like this are booked well in advance (typically a year) and there are penalties for cancelling. Considering that we’re only ~4 months away, chances are they’ll hold that reservation but won’t do anything with it (or something far smaller and specialized).

      So Frisbee championship?

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