This year’s IDF was quite different from previous years and not just because they moved the conference to the Moscone center in downtown San Francisco which is a far better location to my opinion, there were simply much more keynotes and seminars within a much tighter time schedule. For me that meant I sometimes had to make difficult choices as often two very interesting seminars were held at the same time, thus I either had to do half-half or pick one and hope to catch up on the information from the other one during the next few days.
But the whole IDF conference left a very good impression; the information was insightful and in some occasions touched upon subjects never before openly discussed at Intel. I specifically found the validation and design seminars very interesting, they offered a sneak peek into Intel’s ‘kitchen’ and because I have an engineering degree myself (MSEE) I could very much relate to what they were trying to get across which is simply that if proper design and validation go hand-in-hand you’ll end up with a working product. I was impressed by the amount of effort Intel puts towards their product testing and validation, we’re not talking 100s but literally 1000s of machines testing and evaluating their products and making sure they work.