Intel Provides Sneak Peek On Future Tech

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New York - Intel Labs gave a peek inside its workshop today, here, showing off examples of several upcoming products based on Intel processors and technologies.


Among the first devices expected to work their way into the consumer electronics space is Light Peak. Light Peak is an optical-based input/output interface first introduced last year at Intel's developer's forum and shown again at International CES by Intel CEO Paul Otellini. It is designed to replace USB, HDMI and a host of other connectivity technologies, said Jeff Demain, an Intel Labs researcher.

Light Peak has a 10GBps data-transfer speed with the potential to hit 100GBps with further developments, and it is backward compatible with USB.

Demain expects the first computers featuring Light Peak to be on the market in the second half of the year.

For the car, Intel has worked with OEM supplier Visteon to develop a new in-car computer system dubbed The Connected Car. It features a constant Web connection via a 3G or 4G service, allowing for a constant data stream and the ability to access traffic and entertainment content on the go, said Michael Eichbrecht, a developer with Visteon.

The Connected Car is based on an Intel Atom processor and will be ready for aftermarket sales sometime next year, said Intel's Susan Yost, who is with the company's embedded and communications group. Factory-installed versions of The Connected Car will become available sometime after 2013, said Eichbrecht.

Intel also displayed its Intelligent Home Energy Management Concept. This is a small desktop-computer-type device that does more than simply monitor a home's energy use, said Ed Hill of Intel's embedded and communications group.

When working in conjunction with smart or Web-enabled appliances it can tell a home owner how much energy is being used, said Hill. However, since it is connected to the Web, it can go out and gather additional information ranging from an appliance's Energy Star rating to finding a more energy-efficient product as a replacement.

Intel is working with utility companies on the device, and Hill said products could be available in the next year or two either from a utility or as a retail product.


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