Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which commenced on 7 January, saw Intel CEO Bob Swan taking the stage to open this year’s Intel CES news conference. He kicked off the event in a grand way by outlining Intel’s strategy with the emerging technologies and unveiling its exciting new tools. Swan was later joined by client computing group executive VP, Gregory Bryant and data platforms group executive VP, Navin Shenoy.
CES is one of the main events of the year, where companies get to flaunt their innovations to the whole world. This event has been the world’s most favoured gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and a platform for breakthrough technologies for 50 years — a global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced.
In the keynote speech by Swan, he shared updates on the Mobileye business — Intel’s computer vision and machine learning company, along with a demonstration of its self-driving robocar. This demonstration highlighted Mobileye’s capability of providing a unique and innovative approach to deliver safer mobility with AI.
Here are the other Intel’s highlights from the summit:
Intel previewed upcoming mobile PC processors code-named “Tiger Lake.” Tiger Lake is Intel’s newest 10nm core-based processor, which has been built on Intel’s 10nm+. Tiger Lake process is integrated with new Intel Xe graphics architecture to deliver massive gains over 10th Gen Intel Core processors. This is a first-of-its-kind foldable, world’s first 17-inch, OLED PC, which is built around Intel’s new 10nm Tiger Lake platform.
The Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit puts 5GHz desktop performance in the palm of your hand with a computer unit that’s removable and upgradeable.
Intel, with a view toward providing inspiration for an entirely new generation of devices, demonstrated a prototype of its foldable laptop. The prototype is called Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend is built around Intel’s new 10nm Tiger Lake architecture, which is set to ship in laptops later this year. It allows for a 7mm-thick chassis with a 9W TDP, and without any active cooling.
Intel has verified 25 Project Athena designs to date, and also announced an expanded partnership with Google that has already resulted in Project Athena-verified Chromebooks.
Project Athena-verified designs have been tuned, tested and verified to deliver fantastic system-level innovation that benefits spanning battery life, consistent responsiveness, instant wake, application compatibility and much more.
Intel is expected to verify approximately 50 more designs across Windows and Chrome by this year in order to deliver a target specification for dual-screen PCs.
Intel’s executive vice president Navin Shenoy has also promised that Intel Xeon Scalable processors will be available in the first half of 2020, which will include new Intel® DL Boost extensions that facilitate AI training acceleration, providing up to a 60% increase in training performance over the previous ones.
Faster Streaming For Netflix
Intel’s and Netflix’s have joined hands to develop an open-source high-performance encoder (SVT-AV1), that helps Netflix deploy its service with high-performance gains.
Netflix has been using the latest video compression technology, AV1, to enhance its media streaming services and was able to achieve up to 60% compression efficiency over the previous compression technology (AVC).
3D Athlete Tracking
3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) uses AI to enhance the viewing experience with near real-time insights and visualisations. To achieve this, highly mobile cameras are placed in a position to capture the form and motion of athletes.
The captured footage is then run through algorithms optimised with Intel DL Boost to analyse the biomechanics of athletes’ movements. Intel also announced that this technology will be available at the upcoming Olympics games in Tokyo where it will be used to view the 100-meter and other sprinting events.
To enhance the viewing experience of the audience, Intel’s True View will be synthesising the entire volume of the stadiums’ field, which can be used to provide the audience with an option to pick up different points of views as they stream the game on their devices. A single NFL game generates 3TB per minute and to handle such vast amounts of data and deliver real-time experiences, Intel seems to be the go-to choice for many sports organisers.
Partnership With American Red Cross
Swan also spoke about Intel’s Missing Maps project that is being done in collaboration with the American Red Cross society to improve disaster preparedness. To do this, they are using integrated AI acceleration on 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, that help to build highly accurate maps with bridges and roads for remote regions of the world, which helps emergency responders in the event of a disaster.
“At Intel, our ambition is to help customers make the most of technology inflections like AI, 5G and the intelligent edge so that together we can enrich lives and shape the world for decades to come.”Bob Swan, CEO
This year’s CES event has highlighted the several ways in which Intel is extending its intelligence to various data platforms across cloud, network and edge and how this is transforming the sports and entertainment industry.
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