Intel’s internet of things notion is bonkers

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceApparently Intel used the second day of its developer forum to attempt to convince the world and its dog that it knows all about the internet of things (IoT).

Well, it just doesn’t have an earthly or a clue.  INTC is showing every sign of being a has been rather than a here and now company.

Intel was an impressive company but it’s barking up the wrong tree on the IoT front, that’s for certain.

It knows how to put on a good show, and the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) has always been about glitz and glamour after the first few IDFs when you could actually meet and talk to developers.

It’s been a while since that happened. It’s now a PR festival where Intel attempts to not say too much about not very much.

Intel, like Microsoft, has failed to capture the mobile market. The pair believed they could dominate the mobile phone industry like they did the world of PCs, but smartphone vendors just weren’t going to let that happen.

Gartner’s report today shows little sign that Windows for smartphones is making any kind of a dent on Android and Apple iOS. ARM, basically, won the day.

And Intel has come late to the ball with its internet of things notion – other chip manufacturers are way ahead of it and the chip behemoth shows every sign of panic as fewer and fewer people use PCs to access the web.

That’s not to say it’s down and out. Intel is very cash liquid and can stutter on for quite a while longer. But it’s clear from this week’s IDF that Chipzilla has totally run out of ideas and the only way is down, rather than up.

A bit like Microsoft.