Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Intel leaders reveal company vision at CES

Steve Rogerson
January 9, 2018



On the eve of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel leaders – Gregory Bryant (pictured), senior vice president of the client computing group; Navin Shenoy, executive vice president of the data centre group; and Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Intel subsidiary Mobileye – took to the stage to showcase the company's commitment to improve the computing and communications foundation that will advance how people experience the world and expand human potential.
 
The company made several announcements spanning PCs and new devices to diverse growth segments including artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and autonomous driving. And Intel's leaders discussed the innovation necessary across the data centre, cloud, network and edge to enable user experiences and form factors of the future.
 
Intel showcased its latest Xeon scalable products, shipping with AI and memory capabilities, and ninth generation Intel Core desktop products. It also announced 10nm products for PCs, servers and 5G wireless access base stations.
 
The chip giant spotlighted what's possible when technologies work seamlessly together across the entire spectrum of computing. Comcast and Intel are working together to bring the connected home to life. Initiatives with Alibaba demonstrate how Intel AI plans to deliver athlete tracking technology during the next Olympics. Mobileye and Ordnance Survey aim to bring the industry closer to the realisation of smart cities and safer roads.
 
"Anyone can claim leadership in an isolated use case, but at Intel our aim is broader,” said Bryant. “The next era of computing demands innovation at an entirely different level, one that encompasses the entire ecosystem and spans every facet of computing, connectivity and more. We won't settle for anything less."
 
Intel announced the Nervana NNP-I neural network processor for inference. This chip is dedicated to accelerating inference for companies with high workload demands and is expected to go into production this year. Facebook is an Intel development partners on the NNP-I. Additionally, Intel is expected to have a neural network processor for training, code-named Spring Crest, available later this year.
 
"The product, innovation and partnership announcements we’re making today highlight that Intel’s strategy is working,” said Shenoy. “We are making excellent progress in pursuing a massive $300bn data-driven market opportunity spanning the most important workloads, such as AI, 5G and autonomous driving, and on a scale unmatched by others."
 
Intel also spotlighted what's possible when technologies work seamlessly together across the entire spectrum of computing from device to cloud and across the network to the edge to deliver new, immersive experiences.
 
Mobileye announced an agreement with UK mapping agency Ordnance Survey to bring high-precision location data to improve operations between businesses and cities and bring closer the realisation of smart cities and safer roads. Ordnance Survey's geospatial and technology expertise will be paired with Mobileye's automotive camera-based mapping capabilities to offer a highly accurate and customisable location information service to Ordnance Survey customers across energy, infrastructure and other sectors. The service will also support 5G, intelligent mobility and additional digital services.
 
Intel and Chinese technology company Alibaba announced a partnership to develop AI-powered 3D athlete tracking technology. The technology uses existing and upcoming Intel hardware and the Alibaba cloud to power a computing-intensive, deep learning application. The combination of computer vision with AI deep learning algorithms will enable the team to extract 3D forms of the athletes in training and competition from multiple standard video cameras without the use of special sensors or suits. Intel and Alibaba, together with partners, aim to deliver this tracking technology for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
 
Intel and Comcast are laying the foundation to deliver immersive experiences in the home. It is estimated that each person in North America will have 13 or more connected devices by 2022, and demands are increasing for high-resolution content streaming, gaming and more.
 
The collaboration between Intel and Comcast aims to deliver faster speeds, more capacity and responsive networks that will bring immersive experiences to millions of people, including during the Olympics in Tokyo. For the next wave of gigabit and beyond broadband, Intel is working with cable industry companies on a global standard for 10Gbit technology and is starting to test this in lab settings. Next up, Comcast and Intel are also working together to develop Wifi 6-enabled technologies.