CES 2019: Intel Unleashing ‘New Era’ Of Computing

Expanding from PCs to AI, 5G and beyond
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Intel's Gregory Bryant ushers in "a new era of computing."

Intel's Gregory Bryant ushers in "a new era of computing."

Intel has its sights set high: $300 billion high, to be precise.

That’s the adjustable market opportunity that the chipmaker is pursuing as it builds on its core PC-centric model with a range of data-driven initiatives.

“We’re in the early stages of a new era of computing,” said Gregory Bryant, senior VP and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group. “And that’s an era that’s being defined by the innovative use of data on every technology platform — from the client to the Cloud, from the network to the edge, and increasingly everywhere in between.”

In that spirit, Intel announced a series of products at its CES press conference Monday afternoon that are designed to accelerate innovation in everything from personal computing, gaming and music production to AI, 5G service and autonomous driving.

Enabling these pursuits is the development of the company’s latest chipsets: Intel debuted six new ninth-generation Intel Core processors and three ninth-gen mobile processors, and announced that it has begun shipping it latest Xeon processor series, Cascade Lake.

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But the centerpiece of the show was its forthcoming 10nm chipsets. These include:

  • the Ice Lake 10nm client system on chip (SoC) for mobile computing, which the company says brings a number of firsts, including native integrated Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6;
  • Lakefield, a five-core hybrid CPU that enables increased battery life and higher performance on a smaller chip; and
  • Snow Ridge, a network SoC being developed specifically for 5G access, to be installed on wireless base stations on cellphone towers.

The company also announced its plan to bring a 5G modem to market this year.

In addition, Intel highlighted several industry partnerships, including its work with Comcast for improved home networks; a deal with the Alibaba Group and Wrnch AI for 3D athlete tracking for the 2020 Olympics; and closer to home, its work with Mobileye, an Intel subsidiary that develops vision-based autonomous driving systems.

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