Intel CES 2020 Keynote Live Blog: Ice, Comets, and Tigers To Comeby Ryan Smith & Gavin Bonshor on January 6, 2020 6:50 PM EST
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06:51PM EST - We're here at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for Intel's CES 2020 keynote
06:51PM EST - Intel always makes their CES presentations exciting affairs, and we're expecting much the same this year.
06:51PM EST - However there is no escaping the big question that Intel must face: how do you keep products fresh and competitive when the company's 10nm fab plans have gone well off course?
06:58PM EST - As we wait for the keynote to start, it's interesting to note how much CES keynotes have changed in the last few years
06:59PM EST - The "prime" keynote, which Intel has delivered before, is gone
06:59PM EST - In its place are a number of official, corporate keynotes
07:00PM EST - These don't carry quite the same prestige as the "prime" keynote. But they're also mercifully shorter: most of them are just 45 minutes
07:01PM EST - As for Intel, they have already shown at least part of their hand for 2020, with last night's embargoed news: https://www.anandtech.com/show/15313/intel-at-ces-2020-45w-10th-gen-mobile-cpus-soon-tiger-lake-with-xe-graphics-later
07:01PM EST - 45W Comet Lake-H CPUs to bring more power to larger, desktop replacement laptops
07:02PM EST - And Tiger Lake farther down the line
07:02PM EST - Alright, here we go!
07:03PM EST - As is usually the case, Intel is starting things off by rolling a video
07:03PM EST - Focusing on "digital intelligence"
07:04PM EST - Now on stage: CEO Bob Swan
07:05PM EST - "Innovation through intelligence" and how Intel and its ecosystem partners can make this happen
07:06PM EST - "In 2019 there were 38B devices connected to the network"
07:07PM EST - This is expected to reach 56B in 2025
07:08PM EST - And with the growth of devices is growth in the amount of data produced. An exponential growth
07:10PM EST - And pretty much all of this data needs to be processed in some way to be useful
07:10PM EST - So systems are needed to process data, store that data, and move it around to other places
07:11PM EST - To get there, we'll need 5G networks, AI, and intelligent edge devices
07:12PM EST - These are not independent developments; each drives the other two
07:12PM EST - "How do we embed intellience into everything we make?"
07:13PM EST - Intel is investing in all 3 of these pillars to get there
07:14PM EST - Now on to transportation, and how computing can improve it
07:14PM EST - Recapping Intel's MobilEye acquisition
07:16PM EST - Playing a video showing a MobilEye car in action in Jerusalem (a very tricky place to drive)
07:17PM EST - Next example: applying intelligence in disaster relief
07:19PM EST - Rolling a video about working with the Red Cross to help digitize maps, based off satellite images
07:20PM EST - AI can do it in the fraction of a time as a human identifying and marking roads and bridges
07:21PM EST - Now on stage: Navin Shenoy, EVP and GM of the Data Platforms Group
07:22PM EST - Discussing the "data economy" and how it's transforming businesses
07:23PM EST - One only has to look as far as streaming, and what it did to both video rentals and internet traffic as a whole
07:24PM EST - Navin thinks video will be the killer app for years to come
07:24PM EST - Joining Navin on stage: Anne Aaron, Netflix's Director of Encoding Technologies
07:24PM EST - Both Netflix and Intel have been big supporters of the work-in-progress AV1 codec
07:26PM EST - Better codecs lead to better image quality at lower bitrates, improving the user experience
07:28PM EST - Intel and Netflix have SVT-AV1 ready for commercial deployment. Meaning AV1 streaming to customers is going to happen this year
07:28PM EST - Moving on to Intel's neural network processing hardware
07:29PM EST - The Nervana NNP-I inference accelerator is launching this year
07:30PM EST - Meanwhile Intel has also acquired Habana, and will be usiong their tech in new ways as well
07:30PM EST - "More AI technology runs on Xeon than any other platform"
07:30PM EST - Recapping Intel Deep Learning Boost
07:31PM EST - The 2nd gen Xeon scalable is the fastest ramping Xeon in Intel's history
07:31PM EST - And the 3rd gen Xeon, due this year, will provide even more performance
07:32PM EST - Shifting gears to athlete tracking: 3DAT
07:33PM EST - Intel is preparing the tech for the 2020 Summer Olympics
07:33PM EST - Now on stage: Ashton Eaton, 2x Olympic Decathlon gold medalist
07:35PM EST - He's an Intel employee too
07:35PM EST - The US Olympic Team is using 3DAT to analyze their performance
07:38PM EST - Now on stage: James Carwana, VP and GM, Intel Sports
07:39PM EST - Discussing how technology has changed how content and information are delivered to viewers
07:39PM EST - Starting, of course, with Intel's volumetric video technology
07:40PM EST - Intel has continued to iterate on the technology, improving speed and quality
07:41PM EST - The goal is to do it all in real time, and to do it with a high degree of quality
07:41PM EST - Right now Intel is half-way there: 30fps with a medium degree of quality
07:42PM EST - The raw cameras produce 67GB/sec of data
07:44PM EST - Demoing recent work in volumetric video in football
07:45PM EST - It's quite competent, but there are still artifacts
07:45PM EST - Intel needs 6x more computing power, along with better camera resolutions, to reach its goals
07:45PM EST - Now on stage: Gregory Bryamt, EVP and GM of the client computing group
07:47PM EST - Rolling a quick promo video
07:47PM EST - "Advancing PC experiences from the inside out"
07:47PM EST - Recapping Intel's Project Athena
07:48PM EST - Intel has now verified 25 Project Athena devices
07:48PM EST - Both consumer and commercial devices
07:50PM EST - Quickly showing off a couple of examples, such as the Acer Swift 3 and HP Elite Dragonfly
07:50PM EST - ~50 new Athena devices planned for 2020
07:51PM EST - Intel is partnering with Google for Athena Chromebooks as well
07:51PM EST - The first one is the ASUS FlipBook, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
07:51PM EST - These are very high end Chromebooks, to say the least
07:52PM EST - "Where do we go from here?"
07:52PM EST - Highlighting connectivty and form factor
07:52PM EST - Intel is going to extend 5G support into PCs, as part of their new MediaTek partnership
07:52PM EST - Samples to customers in Q3 of this year
07:53PM EST - Intel has released a new Athena specification for dual screen devices
07:53PM EST - Now on stage: Christian Teismann, President of Commercial PC and Smart Device Business for Lenovo
07:54PM EST - Announcing the first foldable PC
07:54PM EST - A "full performance" device based on Intel Core hybrid technology
07:55PM EST - Able to use it as a single large tablet or a smaller dual screen tablet
07:55PM EST - ThinkPad X1 Fold
07:56PM EST - Now showing off a Dell prototype
07:57PM EST - Folds like a clamshell laptop
07:57PM EST - Concept platform name: "Horseshoe Bend"
07:58PM EST - Showing off an even larger (17-inch) foldable
07:58PM EST - Showing off dual screen and full screen modes
07:59PM EST - One of these would make a really good monitor for portable system testing...
07:59PM EST - Shifting gears to Ice Lake and AI
08:00PM EST - Now on stage: Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe
08:02PM EST - Demoing, among other things, using AI techniques to quickly remove image backgrounds in Photoshop
08:04PM EST - And demoing Premiere auto reframe, very intensely
08:04PM EST - Now on to chips
08:05PM EST - Intel's next Core based-processors: Tiger Lake
08:05PM EST - Rolling a promo video
08:05PM EST - Intel Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6
08:06PM EST - Gregory has a Tiger Lake chip and a sample board in his hand
08:06PM EST - Tiger Lake was also in the Horseshoe Bend prototype
08:06PM EST - "Tiger Lake: Mobility Redefined"
08:07PM EST - Now on stage; Lisa Pearce, VP of Intel Architecture, Graphics
08:07PM EST - Tiger Lake is "One of the first products with our Xe graphics architecture"
08:08PM EST - Demoing a thin and light Quanta system running Tiger Lake for gaming
08:09PM EST - Also demoing AI acceleration for image processing
08:09PM EST - Double digit performance gen-on-gen
08:09PM EST - 10nm+ CPU core architecture, coming this year
08:10PM EST - Lisa is also announcing that Intel's DG1 discrete GPU is up and running
08:10PM EST - First Discrete GPU for the client
08:10PM EST - Quickly showing it up and running a game as a demo
08:11PM EST - And that's a wrap. Thanks for joining us
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brakdoo - Monday, January 6, 2020 - linkWhere are the drones?
evilpaul666 - Monday, January 6, 2020 - linkLook up!
Smell This - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - linkB Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z . . .
The Chipzillah Drones are too busy trolling the AMD mobile thread ... ;-)
Spunjji - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - linkTruth. It's funny how they all went to the AMD thread to whine about AMD fanboys, rather than sitting here bigging-up the mothership's accomplishments. I wonder why might that be..? :D
brantron - Monday, January 6, 2020 - linkI just sat through an hour of this for Intel to announce...Chromebooks?!?
Alistair - Monday, January 6, 2020 - linkAnd basically learning Intel isn't building a GPU for gaming at all. It's for everything else except that.
tiggers - Monday, January 6, 2020 - linkThis is turning into a lame year for enthusiasts, at least for Intel products.
Looking more like another year of AMD.
Spunjji - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - linkMy bet: they know the drivers will be terrible, and the end result will make AMD's struggle to get full performance out of their architecture look like a fait accompli by comparison.
ksec - Monday, January 6, 2020 - linkThunderbolt 4 ? Is this new? Dont remember seeing it before.
olde94 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - linkIt's been on it's way for some time so yeah it's new, but i doubt there is anything "new" to it other than what we already knew