Intel kicked off the annual Computex technology trade show in Taiwan with a presentation by Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Client Computing Group, which ranges from faster processors to PC prototypes and a new design for low screens high-powered laptops that promise to extend battery life.
An important issue of Intel's announcements is that computers, especially laptops, remain by far the most used platform for creation and productivity. Bryant says: "When people really need to do things, more than 80 percent turn to their PC."
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How (and why) buy a desktop computer in 2018
The highlights of Intel's presentation include:
New upgrades of Core series processors
Intel is adding to its family of 8th generation processors, with two new products, Whiskey Lake U series and Amber Lake Series Y Series U is for high-end laptops and laptops, while the Y series, formerly known as Core M, is for thinner laptops and tablets, especially those designed to work without fan.
It is also briefly commented that desktop processors of the X series and S series of high-end and high-power will receive 8th generation updates by the end of 2018.
Intel also wants to boost performance through fast storage, specifically its solid state hard drives from Optane. There is a new Optane 905P series in a smaller and more efficient M.2 design in sizes up to 1.5TB.
5G (finally) will arrive … next year
Intel announced that it was partnering with Sprint to drive devices with Intel technology running on fast and upcoming 5G data networks. These systems, from Acer, Asus. Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft are expected in 2019.
Better battery life through smarter screens
After years of promoting gains in CPU efficiency to increase the lifetime of laptop battery Intel is changing gear, hoping to boost your PC through a redesigned screen. It is called Intel Low Power display technology and can hypothetically improve the battery life of a laptop from 4 to 8 hours. These 1-watt panels, manufactured by Sharp and Innolux, use a combination of hardware changes and Intel GPU software for less power. Intel says it will not be able to see a difference in brightness or resolution.
Everyone loves to talk about creators right now. If you edit photos or videos, create animations, design buildings or make music, almost all hardware companies, operating systems and applications want you to believe that you have created their products specifically for you.
Intel calls a line of new laptops and desktops from partners, such as Asus, Dell and MSI, their PC Creators. These include systems with new Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, Thunderbolt 3 and Optane SSD, all designed, according to an Intel executive, to "solve the weak points in the creation process".
AI in a box
It seems that every current technology keynote or press conference needs at least mentions AI . Intel is embracing the concept through tools that should make it easier for application developers to use powerful Intel CPUs to boost artificial intelligence.
This takes two forms: first, a new "AI for PC" development program, with tools and training for developers, and second, a real AI development kit that will enter at the end of 2018, with a reference code and other software.
To demonstrate the importance of AI, Intel introduced a demo of a new Asus PC concept, called Project Precog (yes, as in Minority Report), which has a dual-screen design and "smart" features. That followed a series of other prototypes discussed during the presentation, including examples with dual screens, on-screen keyboards and even folding screens –
But Intel was also looking to the past, not just the future.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Intel and the 40th anniversary of the x86 architecture.
In honor of these key anniversaries, Intel announced a limited-edition eighth-generation Core i7-8086K processor, which the company says is "the first CPU with a 5.0GHz turbo frequency." The CPU will be part of an ongoing draw, giving away 8,086 chips.