NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Intel (INTC - Get Report) is driving a revolution in the way consumers interact with gadgets, according to Diane Bryant, the general manager of the chip giant's data center and services group, citing the rise of tablets and ultrabooks.
The executive, who delivered the keynote at the 2012 Citi Technology Conference on Tuesday, explained how Intel is throwing its weight behind tablets and ultrabooks with touchscreen capabilities.
"We have invited the whole industry to rethink the role of the PC," she said, pointing, in particular, to ultrabooks.
Ultrabooks are the new category of super-skinny laptops championed by Intel. Bryant explained that the next wave of products will also offer touchscreen capabilities. "There's over 40 touch ultrabooks in development that you will see coming," she said. "We believe that the touch interface will become more popular than even our OEMs predict."OEMs, or Original Equipment Manufacturers, that develop Intel-based ultrabooks include HP (HPQ - Get Report) and Dell (INTC - Get Report). Bryant also expects the debut of Microsoft's (MSFT - Get Report) Windows 8 operating system to have a major impact on the space. "We expect a dramatic increase in the move of ultrabooks,