Unleashing Creativity in Fashion

Whether it’s the creation of smart and connected accessories, immersive runway experiences or enabling data-driven sales with analytics technology, the rapid convergence of technology and fashion is evolving beyond the wrist to enable brands to unleash creativity and allow consumers to experience brand new forms of personalization.

Intel is reinventing the boundaries for what it means to innovate in fashion by enabling designers and brands to deliver stylish wearables that consumers want through accessible and versatile computing technology such as Intel Curie. By powering and creating virtual reality and immersive retail experiences, Intel is also helping brands secure new touchpoints with consumers through IoT and software solutions. From stunning runway collaborations to retail inventory tracking systems, Intel is empowering brands to innovate and enhance their end-to-end solutions through wearables, real-time insights, inventory tracking, and more, resulting in seamless experiences for consumers and brands alike.

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Creativity in Fashion

Whether it’s the creation of smart and connected accessories, immersive runway experiences or enabling data-driven sales with analytics technology, the rapid convergence of technology and fashion is evolving beyond the wrist to enable brands to unleash creativity and allow consumers to experience brand new forms of personalization.

Intel is reinventing the boundaries for what it means to innovate in fashion by enabling designers and brands to deliver stylish wearables that consumers want through accessible and versatile computing technology such as Intel Curie. By powering and creating virtual reality and immersive retail experiences, Intel is also helping brands secure new touchpoints with consumers through IoT and software solutions. From stunning runway collaborations to retail inventory tracking systems, Intel is empowering brands to innovate and enhance their end-to-end solutions through wearables, real-time insights, inventory tracking, and more, resulting in seamless experiences for consumers and brands alike.

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Intel Transforms New York Fashion Week with Immersive Tech Experiences

At NYFW, an Intel experience powered by VOKE’S TrueVR platform and Intel data center technologies, creates a natural viewing environment, transporting viewers from their couches to the runway. (Credit: VOKE)
At NYFW, an Intel experience powered by VOKE’S TrueVR platform and Intel data center technologies, creates a natural viewing environment, transporting viewers from their couches to the runway. (Credit: VOKE)

As the official technology partner of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Spring/Summer 2017, Intel is showcasing new immersive experiences and technology solutions that will help transform and grow the fashion industry. From a reinvented runway viewing experience to retail solutions that provide real-time analytics to beautiful connected accessories, Intel’s presence at NYFW will show how technology is a welcome disruption to the fashion industry.

From Sept. 8 to 14, Intel will put the future of the fashion industry on display:

 Transforming the Runway Experience: This season, Intel and IMG are partnering with select designers – including Erin Fetherston, Noon by Noor, Lisa N. Hoang, Dan Liu, Namilia, Marissa Webb, Band of Outsiders, Irina Vitjaz, Supima, Misha Collection, Prabal Gurung and Telfar – to live-broadcast runway shows in full stereoscopic virtual reality. An Intel experience powered by Voke, the technology creates a natural viewing environment, transporting viewers from their couches to the runway. Fans can access the experience by downloading VOKE’s GearVR app to use with a Samsung Gear VR headset or head to NYFW.com and participating designers’ websites for an immersive 2D offering.

Intel is enabling new ways to interact and experience digital content in our daily lives. This new experience is made possible by Intel® Xeon® processors that power high-performance and power-efficient computing platforms, integrated Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics for graphics-intensive applications, Intel® Quick Sync video for hardware-enhanced transcoding and Intel® Graphics Virtualization Technology for flexible, secure remote application delivery.

Innovative Designer Collaborations: Intel continues to collaborate with designers and brands focused on blending aesthetics and consumer insights with advanced, cutting-edge technology. At the forefront of experimenting with new ways to bring wearable products to market, Intel this season has partnered with:

  • TOME – Luxury designer TOME will show its accessories line with a bracelet based on Intel® Curie technology that will help women improve their health and the quality of their day by staying connected on-the-go. The bracelet will be shown as part of the runway show and line to retailers/buyers interested in adopting in their stores. The environment around us affects our overall wellness and beauty. TOME and Intel have created a proof of concept handbag that is not only a beautiful sustainable bag, but it’s also aware of its environment. The Intel technology in the bag detects ambient temperature, toxic gases and barometric pressure – sending you helpful alerts to live a more informed life.
  • BAJA EAST x FILA – The “loose luxury” designers known for blurring the lines between men’s and women’s attire and everyday dressing where West Coast ease meets aggressive city cool will show this season a new connected shoe line with Fila, the sportswear company. The connected shoe is powered by Intel® Curie technology that helps track and interpret fitness data. The shoes will be shown as part of the runway show and line to retailers/buyers interested in adopting in their stores.
  • Enabling Retail Transformation: Converging digital and physical capabilities are challenging retailers to reinvent the brick and mortar experience with a data-based approach. In collaboration with ByReveal – a one-of-its-kind, stand-alone pop-up retail store that can be installed anywhere in 30 minutes – innovative Intel technology, including the Intel® Retail Sensor Platform, will provide real-time data analytics about products and buying patterns. Edge to cloud Intel-based technologies provide retailers with the ability to know sooner and act faster, optimizing labor productivity, inventory and merchandising, and powering new value-added services that differentiate them from their competition.
  • A History of Wearable Innovation: At The Shop at NYFW, a cross-section of Intel’s wearable products and proof of concepts will be showcased under beautiful jewelry display cases while a limited number of Tag Heuer Connected watches will be available for sale. Open to the public, visitors to The Shop can interact with a connected mirror, powered by Intel RealSense technology, to experience a digital history of Intel’s Wearable innovation.
In collaboration with ByReveal and using innovative Intel technology – including the Intel Retail Sensor Platform – a one-of-a-kind, stand-alone pop-up retail store that can be installed in 30 minutes will provide real-time data analytics about products and buying patterns. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
In collaboration with ByReveal and using innovative Intel technology – including the Intel Retail Sensor Platform – a one-of-a-kind, stand-alone pop-up retail store that can be installed in 30 minutes will provide real-time data analytics about products and buying patterns. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

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Intel to Acquire Movidius: Accelerating Computer Vision through RealSense for the Next Wave of Computing

By Josh Walden

Josh_Walden_04_printWe’re entering an era where devices must be smart and connected. When a device is capable of understanding and responding to its environment, entirely new and unprecedented solutions present themselves.

As part of our RealSense™ vision and strategy, we built and acquired critical technologies to ensure our leadership in computer vision and perceptual computing. Simply put, computer vision enables machines to visually process and understand their surroundings. Cameras serve as the “eyes” of the device, the central processing unit is the “brain,” and a vision processor is the “visual cortex.” Upon integration, computer vision enables navigation and mapping, collision avoidance, tracking, object recognition, inspection analytics and more – capabilities that are extremely compelling in emerging markets.

With the introduction of RealSense™ depth-sensing cameras, we brought groundbreaking technology that allowed devices to “see” the world in three dimensions. To amplify this paradigm shift, we completed several acquisitions in machine learning, deep learning and cognitive computing to build a suite of capabilities that open an entirely new world of possibilities: from recognizing objects, to understanding scenes; from authentication to tracking and navigating. This said, as devices become smarter and more distributed, we recognize that specific System on a Chip (SoC) attributes will be paramount to giving human-like sight to the 50 billion connected devices that are projected by 2020.

For this reason, I’m excited to announce our pending acquisition of Movidius*. With Movidius, Intel gains low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating computer vision applications. Additionally, this acquisition brings algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions, as well as broad expertise in embedded computer vision and machine intelligence. Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings RealSense™ capabilities to fruition.

We see massive potential for Movidius to accelerate our initiatives in new and emerging technologies. The ability to track, navigate, map and recognize both scenes and objects using Movidius’ low-power and high-performance SoCs opens opportunities in areas where heat, battery life and form factors are key. Specifically, we will look to deploy the technology across our efforts in augmented, virtual and merged reality (AR/VR/MR), drones, robotics, digital security cameras and beyond. Movidius’ market-leading family of computer vision SoCs complements Intel’s RealSense™ offerings in addition to our broader IP and product roadmap.

Computer vision will trigger a Cambrian explosion of compute, with Intel at the forefront of this new wave of computing, enabled by RealSense™ in conjunction with Movidius and our full suite of perceptual computing technologies.

Computer vision is a critical technology for smart, connected devices of the future. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Computer vision is a critical technology for smart, connected devices of the future. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Josh Walden is senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group.

* Transaction is subject to satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions.

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Intel Receives Drone Waiver from the FAA

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One hundred drones take to the air over Tornesch, Germany, on the evening of Nov. 4, 2015, to create Drone 100.
Intel has received the Part 107 Certificate of Waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration. The waiver was posted today on the FAA’s website.

The agency waived for Intel regulations regarding daylight operation and the operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft. Intel is authorized for operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft systems at night within special security notice flight restriction areas in the United States. This is an extension of the Section 333 Exemption that Intel received earlier this year to fly multiple aircraft in the United States for the company’s Drone 100 light show. This FAA waiver extends the capability for Intel in the US, to innovate beyond Drone 100 – to 100s and even 1,000s of drones in the future.

Drone 100 is a demonstration of how Intel pushes boundaries and shows people an exciting new way to experience the wonders of drone technology. Intel has showcased Drone 100 globally – receiving the Guinness World Record for this innovative breakthrough. Intel has performed private shows with 100 drones flying in the night and at twilight in Germany and Palm Springs, California. Intel debuted the first public showcase of Drone 100 on five consecutive nights in Sydney where the drones took off from two barges in Farm Cove. The Australian events were witnessed by more than 100,000 spectators.

Intel is looking forward to showcasing this technology and related light shows in the United States – expanding the technology and the number of the drones in the light show. Aside from showcasing creative expression, Drone 100 highlights the exciting future of UAVs, including the different ways they can be integrated into different industries. In the future, this technology can also be applied in other segments, from commercial to search and rescue uses to allowing for faster and more efficient operations and missions.

Learn more about Intel’s activities in the drone space from the company’s drone technology site and from Intel IQ’s drone series.

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Intel to Deliver Leading Platform for Artificial Intelligence

Jason_Waxman_02_printIntel is known for pushing the edge of technology innovation, both creating and leading major advancements in the industry. We did it first with the move from mainframes to standards-based servers, and then again with the move to cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big wave of compute that will transform the way businesses operate and how people engage with the world. And while Intel is inherently well-positioned to support the machine learning revolution — after all, Intel processors power more than 97 percent of servers deployed to support machine learning workloads1 — we know that to truly lead the industry, we must do more.

Our industry needs breakthrough compute capability — capability that is both scalable and open — to enable innovation across the broad developer community. Last week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), we provided a glimpse into how we plan to deliver the industry-leading platform for AI:

  • Commitment to open source with optimized machine learning frameworks (Caffe, Theano) and libraries (Intel® Math Kernel Library – Deep Learning Neural Network, Intel Deep Learning SDK).
  • Disclosure of the next-generation Intel® Xeon™ Phi processor, codename Knights Mill, with enhanced variable precision and flexible, high-capacity memory.
  • Announcement of the planned acquisition of Nervana Systems, bringing together the Intel engineers who create the Intel® Xeon® and Intel Xeon Phi processors with Nervana’s machine learning experts to advance the AI industry faster than would have otherwise been possible.

AI is nascent today, but we believe the clear value and opportunity AI brings to the world make it instrumental for tomorrow’s data centers. Intel’s leadership will be critical as a catalyst for innovation to broaden the reach of AI. While there’s been much talk about the value of GPUs for machine learning, the fact is that fewer than 3 percent of all servers deployed for machine learning last year used a GPU.

It’s completely understandable why this data, coupled with Intel’s history of successfully bringing new, advanced technologies to market and our recent sizable investments, would concern our competitors. However, arguing over publicly available performance benchmarks is a waste of time. It’s Intel’s practice to base performance claims on the latest publicly available information at the time the claim is published, and we stand by our data.

As data sets continue to scale, Intel’s strengths will shine. The scope, scale and velocity of our industry underscores the importance of broad, open access to AI innovations. And the industry clearly agrees. Consider these testimonials: From Baidu’s Jing Wang: “The increased memory size Intel Xeon Phi provides makes it easier for us to train our models efficiently.” From University of Washington’s Prof. Pedro Domingos: “Intel is in the leading position to bring us the hardware and the architectures to foster this open community that we really do need to make progress.”

Jason Waxman is corporate vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Data Center Solutions Group at Intel Corporation.

1Source: Intel estimate

Photo at top: Baidu’s Jing Wang joined Diane Bryant at the Intel Developer Forum to talk about how the Intel Xeon Phi processor makes it easier for Baidu to train their models efficiently.

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Inventive Thinking Behind Amazing Experiences Wins Honors

penny-baldwinAt Intel, we’re connecting with people in new ways by delivering amazing experiences.

We’re providing more immersive sports experiences for fans and athletes; reinventing the possibilities in music, entertainment and fashion; creating a stage for innovators; and offering educational opportunities for underserved communities.

It’s all a part of a journey to reposition and revitalize the Intel brand. Our story is simple: “Intel Inside, Amazing Experiences Outside.”

On Monday, we were recognized for that work as a Project Isaac Award winner. Inventive. Imaginative. Bold. These are all words AdWeek uses to describe this year’s Project Isaac Award winners: media, advertising, marketing, and technology professionals behind some of the most ground-breaking ideas in their industries.  I’m proud that Intel has been honored as a Gold winner in the media category (for video invention) following our collaboration with The Recording Academy and Lady Gaga for this year’s Grammy Awards.

Working in partnership with Lady Gaga and the Recording Academy to infuse our technology into her live 58th Annual Grammy Awards performance, we created a tribute to David Bowie that celebrated his legacy as a musician and visual artist. Breakthrough Intel technologies enabled Lady Gaga’s creativity and innovation: sensors and movement tracking, 3D facial mapping and projection, holograms and robotics together created something unique, powerful and wonderful.

The Project Isaac Award recognizes the power that innovation and experiences have in the world. Our collaboration with the Recording Academy and Lady Gaga is just one example of the kind of innovative, creative and powerful experiences we’ve been delivering around the world.

For sports fans, we’ve changed the game, enabling viewers to savor the biggest plays with 360-degree replay technology at both the Super Bowl and the NBA Playoffs and Finals. And in the Winter and Summer XGames, we embedded our tracking and sensor technology into snowboard, ski and BMX events, giving viewers and athletes real-time insight into tricks, including jump height, speed, distance, rotation and g-force on landing.

Our vision of a future where interactive gaming on a global scale is the norm has come to life through Intel Extreme Masters. The e-sports competition that pushes the limits of how gamers experience virtual worlds is the longest running pro-gaming tournament across multiple continents.

Intel recently powered a world-record-breaking 100-drone performance in the skies above Hamburg, Germany, and in a series of performances above Sydney Harbor accompanied by a live orchestra, setting the stage for drones to amplify creative expression.

And in a celebration of everyday innovators, tinkerers and inventors, we created two unique programs to support their ideas.

The first was the reality competition America’s Greatest Makers, where contestants were challenged to invent the next smart and connected device using the button-sized Intel ® Curie™ Module. You can see the winning idea – and lots of other great innovations – at the America’s Greatest Makers website.

And in a program designed to harness the innovation and resourcefulness of young women in impoverished communities, Intel® She Will Connect fosters education programs for young women in the countries with the largest Internet gender gaps: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. These young women are able to receive a better education, easily access health information online, enhance their political participation and have stronger voices in their communities by connecting to new economic opportunities.

We’ve been telling these stories on our social channels. You can read more about some of the amazing experiences Intel is making possible on the Intel IQ website.

Intel’s story is not just about the breakthrough technologies we create. It’s really about the innovative and varied ways that technology can be used to create amazing experiences for people around the world.

I’m excited to be a part of the team that is bringing this promise to life.

Penny Baldwin is a vice president in the Global Marketing and Communications Group at Intel Corporation.

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IDF 2016: Big News, New Products You May Have Missed

The 2016 Intel Developer Forum has wrapped.

If you were among the more than 6,000 participants, you had a front-row introduction to the Project Alloy virtual reality headset, the Intel Joule module and the now-available Silicon Photonic transceivers – among other new products. You also learned about Intel’s announcement that ARM is a new ecosystem partner with Intel Custom Foundry.

For developers, makers and media at IDF, it was a busy week. Here’s a roundup of many of the activities and some of the thousands of media reports from the event:

OVERVIEW

Attendees look at Intel products at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Attendees look at Intel products at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

PRESS KIT: 2016 Intel Developer Forum Press Kit: Keynote videos (replays and B-roll highlights), links and product fact sheets.

PHOTO GALLERIES: 2016 IDF Photo Galleries: Downloadable photos from three days of events, keynotes and product launches.

 “Here’s Why Intel and AT&T Are Becoming Best Friends” (Fortune): On Wednesday at Intel’s annual developer conference, Intel and AT&T said they were deepening an existing partnership that involves AT&T getting early access to new Intel technologies and jointly working on networking infrastructure problems specific to the carrier’s needs. The two companies have already created a technology team of 50 engineers that is attempting to fine-tune Intel’s chip technology to work more efficiently with AT&T’s custom networking software that it plans to make publicly available for free.

“Best New Tech from IDF 2016” (Intel IQ): It looks like the world’s largest geekfest, but the six thousand change makers who attend the Intel Developer Forum 2016 in San Francisco see it as a giant springboard into the digital future.

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

“Each autonomous car will one day generate more data than thousands of people” (Mashable): There’s going to be a ton of information flying around in the near future, and humans aren’t going to be the only ones generating it. Your car will send and receive location data, check in on the weather, navigate traffic and so on.

“Autonomous Cars: The Road Ahead” (Intel IQ):  At the Intel Developer Forum 2016, developers are key to shaping the digital future.

From Intel: Intel Accelerates Autonomous Driving Vision at IDF Investor Day

JOULE MODULE

DJ Sures (left) with EZ-Robots talks with Intel’s La Tiffaney Williams about robots that utilizes Intel's Joule module at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
DJ Sures (left) with EZ-Robots talks with Intel’s La Tiffaney Williams about robots that utilizes Intel’s Joule module at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

“Intel Lifts Curtain On New Joule Module, A Game-Changer for The Internet of Things” (CRN): Intel Tuesday placed even more bets on the Internet of Things with the introduction of its Joule platform, a module built for IoT applications by packing a high-performance system-on-module into a low-power package.

Intel challenges Raspberry Pi 3 with tricked out Joule board” (PC World): Intel has unleashed a new competitor to Raspberry Pi 3 with its new Joule development board, which packs in superior graphics and wireless connectivity. The chipmaker has loaded the development board with technology found in regular PCs: a 64-bit quad-core Atom processor, 4K graphics, 802.11ac connectivity, and DDR4 memory features. … The Joule will provide big-time computing power for robots, drones, smart devices, and wearables.

“Intel’s Joule is its most powerful dev kit yet” (Engadget): The company says the tiny, low-powered Joule would be ideal for testing concepts in robotics, augmented reality, VR, industrial Internet of Things, and a slew of other categories. And it also looks like it could be an interesting way for students to dabble in RealSense’s depth-sensing technology in schools.

From Intel: Make Amazing Things Happen in IoT and Entrepreneurship with Intel Joule

INTEL SOC DEVELOPER FORUM

“Intel to put its brand on Stratix 10, ship by the end of the year” (ZDNet): Brian Krzanich showed the audience at the Intel SoC Developer Forum the first Intel-branded Stratix 10 FPGA. Stratix 10 will be the first Intel manufactured FPGA based on its 14nm process technology, following the acquisition of Altera. This brand transfer from Altera to Intel represents a significant milestone in the acquisition.

“Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO” (EE Times): Brian Krzanich, during his keynote at the Day 3 Intel SoC FPGA Developer Forum (ISDF), highlighted to the audience Intel’s vision and strategy for FPGAs and SoC FPGAs.  This vision includes Intel’s investment in, and growth of, the FPGA business through the development of discrete FPGAs and SoC FPGAs which integrate both ARM and Intel Architecture. Brian also reiterated Intel’s support for FPGA customers, by continuing to deliver the same levels of outstanding service they received from Altera, and continuing to support long FPGA product life cycles.

From Intel: Intel’s FPGA future: We’re Here to Stay

VIRTUAL REALITY

Intel’s Craig Raymond displays the Project Alloy virtual reality headset during the Day 1 keynote at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote presentation offered perspective on the unique role Intel will play as the boundaries of computing continue to expand.
Intel’s Craig Raymond displays the Project Alloy virtual reality headset during the Day 1 keynote at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote presentation offered perspective on the unique role Intel will play as the boundaries of computing continue to expand.

“With Its Project Alloy Headset, Intel Wants To Usher In The Era Of “Merged Reality” (Fast Company): The company announced a headset platform called Project Alloy, and explained “merged reality,” a term it has coined to describe the experience that Alloy is capable of creating. Despite being from Intel, Alloy – unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive – is distinguished in part by the fact that it doesn’t rely on a PC for processing power. Instead, it’s self-contained, with everything required to create the experience built into the goggles themselves.

“Intel’s Project Alloy headset cuts the cord” (CNET video report)

“Intel, Microsoft jump into mixed reality with Project Alloy, and Windows Holographic tie-up” (CNET video report)

From Intel: Intel Unveils Project Alloy

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

 “ ‘A.I. is still rather nascent,’ says Intel executive Diane Bryant” (VentureBeat): Last week Intel made a bold move and acquired Nervana, one of the preeminent startups in deep learning, a type of A.I. that involves training artificial neural networks on data and then getting them to make inferences on new data. Today, when Intel announced a new generation of Xeon Phi server chips, the emphasis was on their ability to handle A.I. workloads. Clearly, the company’s interest in the area is on the upswing — following a considerable A.I. push from graphics card maker Nvidia.  “The world of A.I. is still rather nascent,” Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, told VentureBeat.

“Intel Takes Aim at Nvidia (Again) With New AI Chip and Baidu Partnership” (Forbes):  Hoping to push back against Nvidia’s inroads, Intel announced on Wednesday a new server processor tailored for artificial intelligence, the third-generation Xeon Phi, code-named “Knights Mill.” Intel hopes the chip will give it more of a chance to compete in the rapidly evolving (but still small market) for machine learning, a subset of AI that allows the computer to teach itself instead of having to be programmed. Intel said only 7% of all servers being used for machine learning and only 0.1% are running deep neural nets, a subset of machine learning that emulates the neurons and synapses of the brain to make sense of unstructured data

“Intel Unveils Upcoming Xeon Phi Chip Aimed at AI Workloads” (eWeek): At the Intel Developer Forum here Aug. 17, company officials said they will continue their efforts to make the chip maker’s x86 products the foundational silicon for the job of training the neural networks driving the development of artificial intelligence (AI). The combination of Knights Mill — a derivative of the current Xeon Phi Knights Landing chip aimed at the AI space — and the presence of Baidu on the IDF stage is another boost for Intel as it looks to gain more traction in the rapidly growing AI and machine learning space, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy.

5G

“Intel Plans 5G Trials in 2018, Commercial Deployment in 2020” (PC Magazine): Intel has repeatedly said it is committed to 5G and IoT, in no small part because its most valuable customers are demanding that commitment. It will begin 5G trials in 2018, and plans commercial deployment by 2020. … “The shift to 5G will be as profound as the shift from analog to digital,” said Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s IoT president.

“IDF 2016: Intel lays out its 5G, IoT strategy” (ZDNet): “5G is really about the machines,” Sandra Rivera, vice president of Intel’s Data Center Group, said at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Tuesday. “The tens of billions of machines and sensors that will connect and create the fabric of our future networks.” At IDF, Intel demonstrated in multiple ways how it’s aiming to provide the processing power for those machines. The chipmaker introduced multiple modules designed for all sorts of IoT applications.

From Intel: 5 Things about 5G (Infographic)

SILICON PHOTONICS

Diane M. Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of its Data Center Group, announces at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, that the first Intel Silicon Photonics 100G optical transceivers are commercially available. During her keynote, Bryant spoke of the demand on connectivity in an increasingly connected world. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Diane M. Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of its Data Center Group, announces at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, that the first Intel Silicon Photonics 100G optical transceivers are commercially available. During her keynote, Bryant spoke of the demand on connectivity in an increasingly connected world.

Intel: Our laser chips will make sites like Google and Facebook faster” (CNET): Laser light has made its way into a new product line Intel expects will speed up the data centers at the heart of online services like Google search and Facebook social networking. After years of research, the chipmaker has begun selling a product using a technology called silicon photonics that builds lasers directly into computer chips. That means communications can take place using light traveling over glass fiber-optic cables that can carry much more data than electrons on traditional copper wires.

Intel debuts silicon photonics module for lightning-fast connectivity in data centers” (VentureBeat): Intel is launching a new silicon photonics product that will make it a lot easier to hurl data around data centers at tremendous speeds. The Intel PSM4 silicon photonics module can deliver 100 gigabits per second across two kilometers, making it easier to share data at high speeds across the “spine” of a data center. The technology is the result of years-long efforts to bring both electronics and optical components onto a single piece of silicon, which is lower cost and easier to make.

EUCLID

“Intel’s new computer can serve as the brains of robots” (PCWorld): A compact computer called Euclid from Intel should make the development of robots much easier. Euclid looks much like the Kinect camera for Xbox consoles, but it’s a self-contained PC that can be the guts of a robot. It’s possible to install the Euclid computer where the “eyes” of a human-like robot would be typically placed. … Euclid has a 3D RealSense camera that can serve as the eyes in a robot, capturing images in real-time. It has motion and position sensors that can help the robot move around both indoors and outdoors.

“Intel’s Candy Bar-Sized Euclid RealSense PC And Joule Devkit Empower Our Robot Overlords” (HotHardware): One of the more interesting products announced this morning was Euclid, which manages to incorporate a fully self-contained PC into a device that is the size of a candy bar and runs Ubuntu Linux and Robot OS. Euclid even has its own internal battery, which allows it to function on its own without a tether. Onboard is one of Intel’s RealSense cameras, which [Intel CEO Brian] Krzanich says “brings sensors to robots.” Playing up on the statement, Euclid was installed into a small robot that took the stage at IDF. The robot had been preprogrammed to use its RealSense camera to follow someone around; sort of like your own miniature paparazzi, only less annoying.

From Intel: Intel Announces Tools for RealSense Technology Development

INTEL AND ARM

“Intel Licenses ARM Technology to Boost Foundry Business” (Bloomberg): Intel Corp., the world’s biggest semiconductor maker, said it’s licensing technology from rival ARM Holdings Plc, a move to win more customers for its business that manufactures chips for other companies. The two chipmakers, whose designs and technology dominate in computing and mobile, unveiled the agreement Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The accord will let Intel offer third-party semiconductor companies its most advanced 10-nanometer production lines for manufacturing the complex chips usually used in smartphones.

“Intel Foundry Rounds Out IP Lineup With ARM, Adds New Customers AT IDF 2016” (Forbes): The ability to fab ARM Holdings processors in the traditionally x86 Intel fab comes from a partnership between Intel and ARM that includes ARM’s Artisan Physical IP platform. This means that Intel has access to ARM’s high performance and high density logic libraries as well as their memory compilers and POP IP.  While Intel has had the ability to fab an ARM-based part, the addition of the Artisan IP makes it easier.

From Intel: Accelerating Foundry Innovation for a Smart and Connected World

PROJECT AERO

A ready-to-fly drone that uses Intel’s Aero Compute Board and RealSense technology is flown during a demonstration at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
A ready-to-fly drone that uses Intel’s Aero Compute Board and RealSense technology is flown during a demonstration at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

“Intel’s Drone Aspirations Take Flight With Project Aero” (PCMag): In a specially designed “Drone Cage” established on the second floor of the Moscone Center, Intel held multiple demonstrations throughout the day of the Ready To Fly Drone in action. Though limited space precluded the possibility of any fancy aerial tricks, the (obviously experienced) drone pilot showed how the Ready To Fly model was just as flexible and maneuverable as larger models. Considering this was the base platform model, it stands to reason that creative and enterprising developers will be able to spin off Aero into even more visually and technologically exciting directions in the months to come.

From Intel: New Opportunities and Tech for Drone Developers and Enthusiasts

INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE

“Intel fires up 5G engines” (The Australian): Intel is gearing up to power the “post-smartphone era” with the US giant lifting the lid on the role it’s going to play in the 5G revolution. The chipmaker has used its Developer Forum in San Francisco to outline its plans for the next few years, with Intel’s general manager of 5G business and technology, Rob Topol, telling The Australian that the advent of 5G would be a “major inflection point” for the telecommunications industry.

“Data Glasses Instead Of Old Hardware” (Handelsblatt): In the 1980s, the two IT giants Intel and Microsoft dominated the PC market. Now they work together again to conquer the computer landscape of the future. And their chances are very good. … The combination of Windows 10 and Alloy has the potential to change the burgeoning VR industry dramatically. This is just as in 1975, when Microsoft and Intel changed the IT world together, because Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Monte Davidoff wrote the Altair BASIC programming language for the Intel 8080 processor. (Translated from German)

“Project Alloy: Intel Presents Merged Reality Glasses” (Spiegel Online): Chip producer Intel wants to solve the problems of current virtual reality glasses. A new system is meant to merge the real world and the virtual world. Microsoft already announced its support. … The existing technology of Virtual Reality is complicated and not intuitively usable for everyone. … On its annual developer conference, Intel announced its newest project: a new system called “Alloy,” developed to eliminate the restrictions of Virtual Reality. (Translated from German)

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Intel’s FPGA Future: We’re Here to Stay

Dan McNamaraDay three of the 2016 Intel Developer Forum included something for the first time: the Intel SoC FPGA Developer Forum. This one-day, co-located event focused on the Programmable Solutions Group – formerly known as Altera – and its SoC FPGA technology. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich presented the event keynote, and he answered a variety of questions that many have had since the acquisition: What does Altera’s acquisition mean for SoC FPGA users? Where do we go now? And most important: Are FPGAs and SoC FPGAs here to stay at Intel?

I’d like to summarize some of his remarks and add some of my own perspectives.

FPGAs and the Virtuous Cycle of Growth

Brian made it clear during his keynote that FPGAs are a critical part of Intel’s growth strategy, which is being fueled by the virtuous cycle of growth. In a smart and connected world, all the “things” are able to be captured as a piece of data, measured in real time, and be accessible from anywhere.

Technology today, as Brian said, continues to “erase the boundary between the digital and physical worlds” as is evident with the rise of technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Intel’s strategy to enable this smart and connected world reaches all the way from the sensors and actuators to the cloud. And FPGAs and SoC FPGAs will play a central role in enabling this world.

With the explosion of new “things” will come emerging and diversifying applications and workloads on the data center. The future data centers will need to be more flexible to react to these changing workloads.

And, whether you are managing a new smart and connected factory, a communication service provider, or a cloud network, all of this performance and connectivity will need to be accomplished at efficient power levels, so the ability to dial performance per watt is critical.

If you sum up these three challenges – the need for more bandwidth and lower latency in our networks, the need for flexibility of our data centers to react to new and changing workloads, and the need to manage performance per watt – all of these three things are key value drivers for FPGAs.

Intel FPGAs break down bottlenecks and accelerate the smart and connected world by delivering greater flexibility, increased intelligence and higher efficiency. As a multifunction algorithm accelerator, FPGAs and SoC FPGAs provide the optimum mix of hardware and software programmability. This allows system designers to create better systems by exploring which workloads work most efficiently across the CPU and FPGA domain.

Enhancing the FPGA Value Proposition

During his keynote, Brian also emphasized Intel’s commitment to investing in and to growing the FPGA business. This includes investing in new FPGA and SoC FPGA product roadmaps, supporting long product life cycles, and continuing to provide the service and support that customers have come to expect from Altera.

Leveraging the operational excellence of Intel will enable the continued development of advanced FPGAs that target a wide variety of markets and applications, as well as derivative products tuned to the specific needs of Intel’s data center and IoT segments. Intel will continue FPGA development for small systems, constrained but performance-critical systems and ultimate-performance environments – small, medium and large. And Intel will target these systems with stand-alone FPGAs, system-in-package solutions that tightly couple FPGAs with CPUs and monolithic SoC FPGAs that integrate both ARM and IA worlds.

During Brian’s keynote, a walk on by Schneider Electric CTO Prith Banerjee perfectly exemplified the value proposition of FPGAs throughout the virtuous cycle. Prith highlighted Schneider Electric’s selection of Intel FPGAs and SoC FPGAs as an end-to-end solution in its Industrial IoT systems, powering the sensors and devices, networks and the cloud. Intel FPGAs provide Schneider Electric with the performance, power and flexibility to enable the smart factories of the future.

Brian wrapped up his keynote by showing the audience the latest FPGA from Intel, Stratix 10, based on Intel’s 14nm Tri-Gate process. Stratix 10 is a great representation of the type of FPGA innovations that we can deliver to customers, in the areas of performance, system integration and capacity. The unveiling of Stratix 10 FPGA to the audience also represented a brand transfer from Altera to Intel, as we integrate the Intel brand within our FPGA product portfolio.

Intel FPGAs and SoC FPGAs are here to stay, Brian emphasized. With Intel’s expanded processor line, together with FPGA technology, we are even better positioned to fuel the virtuous cycle between the cloud and IoT.

Dan McNamara is a corporate vice president and general manager of the Programmable Solutions Group at Intel Corporation.

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Intel Accelerates Autonomous Driving Vision at IDF Investor Day

A BMW i3 is on display as part of Intel’s Investors Day events at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
A BMW i3 is on display as part of Intel’s Investors Day events at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Today, at the 2016 Intel Developer Conference, senior Intel executives mapped out the company’s autonomous driving vision. The session outlined the business opportunity, headlined Intel’s end-to-end technology assets and nodded to its investment strategy.

Intel’s Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things Group, speaks to investors and media about Intel’s goals in the autonomous vehicle market as part of Intel’s Investors Day events at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel’s Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things Group, speaks to investors and media about Intel’s goals in the autonomous vehicle market as part of Intel’s Investors Day events at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel covered how it is uniquely positioned to deliver the broadest set of assets for autonomous driving, powering the intelligence behind the “things,” network and the cloud. The morning kicked off with Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things Group. Subsequent sessions were led by, Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, who connected the dots between “things” and the data center, including machine and deep learning solutions; Doug Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group, discussed the software-enabled AV future; and Asha R. Keddy, vice president of the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture Group and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards, rounded out the morning summarizing network needs and the evolution of 5G.

The session webcast can be viewed on Intel’s website. Highlights include:

Market Opportunity: 120 million vehicles with varying degrees of automation will be on our roads by 2030, creating massive societal and economic ripples. Intel shared predictions for an economic wave that could realize $1.3 trillion in savings for the U.S. economy, $507 billion gained in productivity, $488 billion in accident cost reductions and $138 billion in productivity savings from reduced congestion1.

Intel’s Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, speaks to investors and media about Intel’s goals in the autonomous vehicle market as part of Intel’s Investors Day events at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel’s Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, speaks to investors and media about Intel’s goals in the autonomous vehicle market as part of Intel’s Investors Day events at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

New Customer Relationship: Baidu, China’s dominant search provider, and Intel are evaluating and developing new computing technologies in the vehicle and the data center for autonomous driving that will extend a vehicle’s capability to avoid collisions and make passengers safer.

Intel’s End-to-End Advantage: Intel illustrated how it is uniquely positioned to provide all of the components required to power fully autonomous driving with experience that spans the vehicle, communications and the data center. The discussion mirrored the company’s virtuous cycle business strategy. It touched on Intel’s diverse portfolio of power-efficient silicon, global partnerships with telecom and automotive leaders to deliver integrated 5G prototype solutions to ensure network readiness, and the promise of the data center in sufficiently storing, sharing and protecting the unprecedented rates of data that will feed deep learning algorithms to train the vehicle.

Global Design Win Momentum:  Intel summarized the breadth and depth of its automotive strength across silicon, Altera field-programmable gate arrays and Wind River software systems with:

  • Design Wins:
    • 49 OEM Software Defined Cockpit (SDC)
    • 33 tier-one suppliers
    • More than 30 vehicle models on the road
  • Autonomous Engagements:
    • 19 OEM platforms
    • 9 tier-one engagements
    • 59 ecosystem partners
  • Demos: A dozen demos were on display showcasing critical technologies across the full depth and breadth of Intel’s portfolio and expertise. The demos spanned in-vehicle technologies, communications and analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human machine interface.

 

1Morgan Stanley Blue Paper, “Autonomous Cars: The Future Is Now,” Jan 23, 2015 and IHS

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