In a month Intel will be 50 years old — it was founded on 18 July 1968, Robert Noyce (Robert Noyce) and Gordon Moore (Gordon Moore). The name of the last, still alive of the founder, is widely known by the rule of scaling semiconductor chips, named in his honor. And Robert Noyce passed away in 1990 — he was not able to see neither the period of greatest prosperity of the company, neither the present time, when x86 has ceased to dominate the IT market.

Senior Vice President and chief

Director of the Department of consumer computers in Intel’s Gregory Bryant (Gregory Bryant) made a statement on the occasion of a major anniversary:

“In the transition to the era data-centric, the PC remains an essential part of Intel’s business. We believe that in this area many more opportunities ahead. Today, at Computex in Taipei, we shared our vision for the future of the PC and introduced a range of new technologies that will help Intel and the ecosystem as a whole to make the future a reality.

Most people use a PC to focus on work. In fact, when people really need something to do over 80% turning to their PC. The nature of how, where and why we work is also changing. And the ways people interact with each other have changed and technology became the main driving force.

Against this background, there is an opportunity to fundamentally improve the PC environment, to conform to modern needs and helped people to focus on what is important and what is, and maintain a sense of community. To make this jump we need to improve PC in 5 key areas: productivity, communication, Autonomous operation, adaptability and intelligence.”

Unfortunately, these encouraging statements were followed by quite ordinary announcements, timed to the international computer exhibition Computex. First, the company joined the 8th generation of mobile processors Core series U Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake Y, which provide double-digit productivity growth and has got built-in Gigabit Wi-Fi module. By the end of the year, Intel promises more than 140 new laptops and hybrid solutions based on these processors.

At the front of desktop computers, the company presents a new series of X (probably talking about Cascade Lake for HEDT-computers) and expanded the family’s anniversary processor Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition. They did not table an 8-core chip instead, the company introduced a 6-core 12-thread model Coffee Lake, which in all respects (including TDP 95 W) is the previous flagship of mass of a link of Core i7-8700K, except for increased from 3.7 to 4 GHz clock frequency and Turbo mode: 5 GHz vs 4.7 GHz. To rely on significant productivity growth, but the line in 5 GHz band, emphasizing a half-century date, finally formally conquered. If you remember the old forecasts, it had to happen much earlier, but progress in improving the technological standards in the semiconductor printing slowed down, and the priorities have shifted to the number of compute cores and power efficiency.

License plate i7-8086K does not reflect the location of processor performance in the family of brothers, but is designed to commemorate fulfilled the 40th anniversary of the Intel x86 architecture. The circulation of this model is limited, it will be available in a boxed set. Also, in some countries, which do not include Russia, the Corporation carries out the action, in which I’ll gift 8086 chips for enthusiasts.

Another novelty was the long-lasting Intel high performance solid state drive SSD Optane 905P in the size M. 2 for compact systems without a fast memory subsystem should not count on a good return on computing resources of the computer.

The company continues the introduction of 5th generation cellular communications. Partners promoting Intel-laptops with support for 5G, and joined Sprint. In 2019 are expected to be the first such mobile computers from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft. Intel also promises the emergence of another 10 slim laptops and transformers with 4G in addition to the 25 already present on the market.

Improvements in the area of Autonomous operation expected from watt panels from Sharp and Innolux, powered by the Intel Low Power Display, designed to halve the power consumption of the LCD screens. Intel promises that the local preview video on the laptop will increase by 4 or 8 hours — so some devices will be able to work on a single charge more than a day.

In the direction of adaptability PC Intel continues the bold experiments with their partners. At Computex 2018 was presented the concept of the laptop Project Precog with a second screen instead of hardware keyboard and the same real product Lenovo Yoga Book the second generation, equipped with a second display with tactile feedback — it will go on sale by year-end. There are some innovations in traditional formats such as laptops, desktops, AIO PCs and peripherals, which we’ll cover in the course of the exhibition.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Intel has launched a programme to support the developer “AI on the PC”, in which the latter will be able to get help and tools, including a set OpenVINO and Windows ML to fully leverage the hardware capabilities of computers to speed up AI tasks. ASUS introduced the ZenBook Pro laptop, equipped with an energy-efficient machine vision processor Movidius VPU Intel.


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