The Intel Developer Forum is no more. Intel has cancelled the event for this year, and has announced that it is retiring the programme. An extremely short announcement was posted on the IDF17 page, which read:
“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 intel.com, 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.”
IDF has traditionally where Intel shares what it’s been working on for the past year. New processor architecture, storage devices, networking options, and – as of late – an obsession with drones. With that gone, it’s uncertain as to how Intel will be communicating its roadmaps and direction for future development.
The company has told Anandtech that it will instead be looking towards targeted events for its various divisions. However, it is still exploring options on how to go forward from this point. It also sounds like future events will be region specific.
Intel looks to be taking the divide and conquer approach to future events; which may not be a bad thing. The scope of IDF has been expanded greatly over the last couple of years as the company explores more and more technologies. This has lead to lot of information coming out, which may have lead some things receiving less of a focus. Perhaps a divided approach will allow smaller projects to get a bit more attention from the media.