Pushing the Boundaries of Modern Computers at Computex
With Intel’s 50th anniversary next month, it’s a perfect time to celebrate one of the most important technologies of Intel’s legacy: the PC. As we transition to the data-centric era, the PC remains a critical facet of Intel’s business, and it’s an area where we believe there are still so many opportunities ahead.
Today, atComputex in Taipei, I shared our vision for the future of the PC and introduceda wide range of new technologies that will help us and the broader ecosystem makethis future a reality. One that transforms the PC from a simple computer into aplatform that can power every person’s greatest contribution.
Most of usare already choosing the PC as the place to go to focus. In fact, when peoplereally need to get things done, over 80 percent1 turn to theirPC. At the same time, we are more distracted than ever. Data shows that onaverage people are interrupted every three minutes2. The nature ofwhere, how and why we work is also changing. And the waypeople connect with one another has changed, with technology being a keydriving force.
Against thisbackdrop, there is an opportunity to fundamentally improve the PC experience tomeet today’s needs and help people focus on what is most important to them. Tohelp them create and build a sense of community. But to make this leap, we needto innovate the PC around five key vectors: performance, connectivity, batterylife, adaptability and intelligence.
Ourunwavering commitment to delivering the best performance continued as weannounced the latest additions to our mobile lineup of the 8th Gen Intel® Core™processor family: the Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series, featuringup to double-digit performance gains3 and integrated gigabitWi-Fi. Expect more than 140 new laptops and 2 in 1s from OEMs starting thisfall. And for desktop, by the end of this year, we’re delivering a new X-seriesrelease and the next Intel® Core™ S-series processor.
Beyondprocessing power, we also see the opportunity for even more PC accelerationwith the introduction of the Intel® Optane™ SSD 905P, now available in an M.2form factor. Delivering industry-leading endurance4, this new, slimIntel Optane SSD is a high-performance drive that allows the processor to spendless time waiting and more time computing, enabling users to enjoy an amazingcomputing experience.
As wecelebrate Intel’s 50th anniversary, we also recognize the 40th anniversaryof Intel’s x86 architecture. In honor of that, we revealed the limitededition 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8086K processor, the first Intelprocessor with a 5.0 GHz turbo frequency. In celebration of this milestone, andour enthusiasts, we’re giving away 8,086 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086Kprocessors. Visit www.intel.com/8086sweepstakes for more information onmarkets and rules.
At Mobile World Congress, we talked about our leadership andthe importance of 5G. Sprint* is now joining us as a partner to sell Intelprocessor based, 5G-connected PCs in stores around the world. Acer*, Asus*,Dell*, HP*, Lenovo* and Microsoft* are working with us to deliver theindustry’s first 5G-connected laptops and 2 in 1s in 2019.
As we pavethe way for 5G, expect us to deliver 10 more 4G-connected PCs from partnerslike Acer, Asus, Dell and HP – on top of the 25 currently in market. Thesealways-connected PCs are not only sleek and beautiful, but packed withperformance.
The displayconsumes the most battery in a device, and one way we’re working to enableall-day battery life is by co-engineering the new Intel Low Power DisplayTechnology, featured in a one watt panel manufactured by Sharp* and Innolux*,which can cut LCD power consumption by half. Through continued innovation withthe industry, we expect to deliver an additional four to eight hours of localvideo playback – that means battery life could be up to 28 hours5 onsome devices.
People arelooking for PCs that adapt to their lifestyle and location. This can take shapein new form factors like dual screen, along with designing platforms forspecific usage scenarios. We showed several examples on stage today, includinga preview of an innovative Yoga Book* with uncompromised performance comingfrom Lenovo later this year.
Additionally,we highlighted multiple creator notebooks, desktop towers, all-in-ones andperipherals from Acer, ASUS, Corsair*, Dell, HP, MSI* and Twist*. This is acategory built specifically for creators that we’re enabling with our OEMpartners. Creator PCs providedifferentiated aesthetics and peripherals, upgradable form factors, andend-to-end technology optimized for the creator workflow, including Intel®Core™ i7 and Intel® Core™ i9 processor performance, Thunderbolt™ 3 technologyand Intel Optane SSDs.
Intelligencewill be integral to the modern, adaptable PC experience. Our plan to bring AIto the PC is by delivering tools and resources to the developer community andcollaborating with OEMs to package the AI capabilities into new devices.
Weintroduced the AIon PC Developer Program to provide tools and training for developers –including the OpenVINO™ toolkit and Windows* ML – to fully utilizehardware capabilities to unlock AI innovation.
Additionally,ASUS joined me on stage to showcase a new concept PC called Project Precog, aconvertible dual-screen notebook equipped with intelligent features forversatility and productivity. They also showed off a new ZenBook Pro*, whichallows developers to take advantage of the low-power Intel® Movidius™ VPU tocreate AI-centric features for both existing and new applications.
There hasnever been a greater opportunity for Intel and our ecosystem to work togetherand deliver even more positive change to the PC – turning it into the bestplatform to power your contributions.
GregoryM. Bryant is senior vice president and general manager of the Client ComputingGroup at Intel Corporation
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3Based on SYSmark* 2014 SE (WindowsDesktop Application Performance). Comparing 7th Gen i7-7500U, PL1=15W TDP,2C4T, Turbo up to 3.5GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, vs. Estimates for 8th GenCore i7: PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.2 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400,Storage: Intel® SSD, Windows* 10 RS3. Power policy assumptions: AC mode. Note:Performance estimates are Pre-Silicon and are subject to change. Pre-Siprojections have +/- 7% margin of error.
4Highest endurance as shown in Tom’sHardware comparison of industry SSDs, as of Jan. 19, 2018; seehttps://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ssds,3891.html
5Based on Intel internal analysis of amodified production system with an Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor (PL1=15WTDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.0GHz) with 8GB DRAM, an Intel 600p SSD, Intel UHDGraphics 620, and Windows* 10 operating system. Potential 28 hour batterylife projection based on several power savings techniques. Test workloadis local video playback at 150 nits screen brightness and audio in headphones.
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Thebenchmark results reported above may need to be revised as additional testingis conducted. The results depend on the specific platform configurations andworkloads utilized in the testing, and may not be applicable to any particularuser’s components, computer system or workloads. The results are notnecessarily representative of other benchmarks and other benchmark results mayshow greater or lesser impact from mitigations.
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ByGregory Bryant, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Client ComputingGroup, Intel Corp.