New ways that data will transform the world around us were on full display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 9-12 in Las Vegas. Intel and our partners showcased the promise of 5G, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and more.
Realizing the Power of 5G
Intel’s 12,000 square foot booth drew more than 80,000 people to experience our vision for the future of 5G-boosted connected cars, VR, and smart cities. One 5G wireless LAN was more than enough to serve up Intel demos from 10 ultra-high-definition and VR rigs, including several 4K video streams—a great example of how 5G will likely roll out, as fixed 5G to homes and businesses.
Intel® software tools and expertise are enabling developers to simplify, cost-reduce and better protect data-intensive networks to deliver greater 5G speed and reduced latency. For example, With the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK), service providers can convert general-purpose processors into packet forwarders without expensive, custom application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).
What a Keynote!
For many, the highlight of CES was on the evening before the show when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich delivered the pre-show keynote. After a spectacular musical performance by Algorithm & Blues, Brian took the audience on a journey through Intel’s investments and innovations in autonomous driving, AI and VR and more.
Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and Intel Sr. VP, joined Brian onstage to announce that two million vehicles from BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen will begin crowd-sourcing data to build and rapidly update low-cost, scalable high-definition maps with Mobileye Road Experience Management™ (Mobileye REM™) technology.
Mobileye also confirmed deals with 11 automakers who represent more than 50 percent of global vehicle production, and two partnerships were announced to extend Mobileye-based systems to China: SAIC will be the first Chinese automaker to work with Mobileye to develop cars in China, and NavInfo will use Mobileye for digital mapping.
Amnon Shashua, Mobileye CEO and Intel Sr. VP, announcing 2 million vehicles from BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen will use Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) technology.
For software developers, Intel’s toolkits and open source contributions boost programmer productivity and cut time-to-market for new automotive solutions for the car, connectivity and the cloud. For example, The Intel® GO™ Automotive SDK Beta accelerates development of automated driving systems—developers can build high performance, power-efficient designs for in-vehicle and cloud-based data center platforms.
Intel launched the first-of-its kind 8th Gen Intel® Core® processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M Graphics at CES. It features discrete graphics in a single package, designed for the next level of performance in small, thin and light computers.
Intel also announced 802.11ax chipsets for home routers and gateways at CES. The new silicon is for the smart and connected home, which is based on Draft 2.0 of the IEEE 802.11ax standard—the only way to truly guarantee multivendor interoperability.
These and other Intel® silicon products are supported by advanced software tools, like the newly updated Intel® System Studio 2018, which is specifically designed, and constantly updated to help developers rapidly move from prototype to production while supporting the newest platforms and operating systems.
AI Innovation and Momentum
Intel announced a three-year agreement with Ferrari North America to bring the power of AI to the Ferrari Challenge North America Series. With Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor technology, the neon™ Framework and AI algorithms, deeper insights will improve driver performance and augment the broadcast quality for fans.
Two big steps were showcased in Intel’s AI research and development: a 49-qubit superconducting quantum test chip, “Tangle Lake,” which could help solve problems that overwhelm today’s computers; and the first public demonstration of a self-learning neuromorphic research chip, “Loihi.” The demo featured the chip learning in real time, accurately recognizing objects in just seconds, using less than one percent of its compute capacity. In the first half of 2018, Intel plans to share the Loihi test chip with universities and research institutes.
Intel accelerates the standardization and adoption of AI with framework optimizations and software tools, academic programs, upstream contributions to the open-source community, and open standards leadership. Frameworks, algorithms, and tools for scalable, high-performance Intel® architecture platforms are available at the Intel® AI Academy.
CES attendees also got a first look at the Intel® Shooting Star™ Mini Drone, the company’s first drone designed for indoor light show experiences. Outdoors, on January 9-11 at the iconic Bellagio Fountains, a fleet of 250 Intel® Shooting Star™ drones lit up the Las Vegas nighttime sky in the first drone-powered performance ever to hit the strip.
Another high-flying announcement at CES featured Volocopter, an autonomous air taxi enabled by Intel® Flight Control Technology which helps the Volocopter maintain stability in the air for smooth and steady flights.
A growing number of exciting aerial innovations begin with the Intel® Aero Platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The ready-to-fly UAV development platform includes a fully assembled quadcopter built around the Intel® Aero Compute Board—geared for developers and researchers to help get applications airborne quickly. It uses Intel® RealSense™ technology, runs on the open-source Linux* operating system, has a pre-programmed flight controller using Dronecode* PX4* software, and it supports the AirMap* SDK for airspace services.
The debut of Intel Studios stirred excitement about the intersection of VR and cinema. As the most advanced, data-driven production studio ever created, it will enable companies to create life-like immersive media experiences like never before. Paramount Pictures is the first major Hollywood studio to explore this technology with Intel for the next generation of visual storytelling. Intel also announced it will produce the largest VR event to date by bringing Intel® True VR technology to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games. Intel will capture 30 Olympic events in VR with both live and on-demand content available in the U.S.
These and other innovations in VR and mixed reality (MR) take advantage of the performance and capabilities of Intel® Core® processors, advanced I/O technologies, and Intel® software tools and resources. Developers use Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® TBB) to leverage multi-core performance, Intel® VTune® Amplifier to profile and optimize performance, and Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA) to improve frame rates and performance, realizing the full potential of Microsoft* Windows, Ubuntu*, or Android* operating systems on Intel® architecture platforms.
At CES 2018, attendees experienced the promise of autonomous driving, AI, VR, 5G and more. To continue the journey, sign up for the Intel Developer Zone Newsletter and stay informed about the latest Intel® Software developments that are helping to transform the world around us.
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