Intel pulls plug on Intel Developer Forum after 20 years

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Intel pulls plug on Intel Developer Forum after 20 years

Intel has pulled the plug on its annual show, Intel Developer Forum, which the company has used for almost 20 years as a launching pad for new product announcements.

"Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward," said the company on its IDF website.

"Intel has a number of resources available on Intel.com, including a Resource and Design Centre 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."

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Intel also canceled its flagship Intel Developer Forum show in China.

Intel has typically launched new products, including Client Compute processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake, at the Intel Developer Forum. But the company in an interview with Anandtech said that the change is in part due to Intel is not as PC-centric as it used to be, and has a wider range of products – including IoT modules and microcontrollers, Optane storage and FPGAs.

That was certainly true during last year's show, where the company introduced an array of products – from its Joule platform, which was a module built for IoT applications, to its Knowledge Builder Toolkit, which enables developers to create intelligent sensing applications that run directly on Intel’s low-power Curie module solution for wearables.

Moving forward, Intel told Anandtech, the company will instead have a greater variety of smaller, "targeted" events, as opposed to one broad conference. Tibbils said the cancellation of the event might help solution providers tighten their focus in vertical markets, if Intel were to host specialised conferences for various vertical markets and specific products.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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