On the first day of Computex 2016, Diane M. Bryant and Navin Shenoy from Intel gave an hour-long keynote on “Expanding the Boundaries of Computing“. It was basically a combination of new product announcements and the technologies that Intel will be focusing on going forward.
Diane M. Bryant is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, while Navin Shenoy is the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group. Hang on to every word they say, because they will show you why Intel is changing direction.
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Before the Intel Computex 2016 keynote started, there was a wushu demonstration. It was not mere entertainment, but a demonstration of Intel RealSense’s ability to follow the wushu master’s moves, and Intel processing power in determining how the background display should react to her movements.
The Intel Computex 2016 Keynote
Here is the 70-minute long Intel Computex 2016 keynote in its entirety. We will summarise the 5 key takeaways from this keynote in the following section.
5 Takeaways From The Keynote
No. 1 : Intel’s Evolution Is Underway
Last month, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich radically changed the direction for the entire company, based on five core beliefs :
- The cloud is the most important trend shaping the future of the smart, connected world – and thus Intel’s future.
- The many “things” that make up the PC Client business and the Internet of Things are made much more valuable by their connection to the cloud.
- Memory and programmable solutions such as FPGAs will deliver entirely new classes of products for the data center and the Internet of Things.
- 5G will become the key technology for access to the cloud and as we move toward an always-connected world.
- Moore’s Law will continue to progress and Intel will continue to lead in delivering its true economic impact.
That change is underway, with Navin Shenoy describing how Intel will change the way we view computing. He not only emphasised the future of connected homes, smart vehicles and drones, but also unveiled new products to deliver new capabilities in those spaces.
No. 2 : Visual cloud, machine learning unlock human potential
Video streaming is now taking up almost 80% of all Internet traffic, so delivering that content via the cloud is top priority for many service providers. To help them accelerate video encoding for secure streaming, Intel announced the Intel Xeon E3-1500 v5 family of processors. This allows service to pack more video streams into a single server or appliance for a minimized data center footprint and reduced power consumption.
Intel demonstrated that capability by live-streaming a 360-degree virtual reality jazz concert delivered from the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York using hardware-assisted 4K video delivery on Intel Xeon E3-1500 v5 servers.
No. 3 : Continuing to push the boundaries of PC innovation
Intel will continue to work on newer and faster processors. To demonstrate that commitment, Intel announced the availability of the new Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor. This is the first 10-core desktop processor that can handle up to 20 threads simultaneously.
Intel also confirmed that the 7th Generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Kaby Lake) as well as the low-cost Intel Pentium, Celeron and Atom processors (codenamed Apollo Lake) are on schedule for release later in Q3, 2016.
No. 4 : “Things” are getting smarter and more connected
Intel is betting on connected homes, vehicles and the Internet of Things. They demonstrated that by announcing the Intel AnyWAN GRX 750 system-on-a-chip (SoC) family and the Intel XWAY WAV500 Wi-Fi chipset – Intel’s new 5th Generation 11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi family of products for home gateways.
The Intel Atom x3 (formerly known as SoFIA) lives on though. Intel will continue to expand Intel Atom x3 processor-based solutions for products like point-of-sale systems, healthcare tablets and industrial devices within the IoT.
No. 5 : 5G will transform mobility
5G is not just about faster mobile Internet. It is about more powerful wireless networks that connect “things” to each other, to people and to the cloud. To that end, Intel announced an agreement with Foxconn to collaborate on the development of 5G network infrastructure technologies like Mobile Edge Computing, Cloud Radio Access Network (CloudRAN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).