1At IDF, PCs Take a Back Seat to Drones, VR, AI, Driverless Cars
2Virtual Reality in the Real World
Krzanich introduced Project Alloy, a push to create an entirely self-contained virtual reality (VR) headset that doesn’t need exterior sensors or to be tethered via a wire to a PC. All the compute, graphics, batteries and modules, as well as technologies like RealSense, are contained in the headset.
3Project Alloy Takes Center Stage
Krzanich, left, and Intel’s Craig Raymond show the VR headset. It’s part of what Krzanich called “merged reality,” or the ability to bring physical objects into the virtual world, and vice versa. The demonstration showed Raymond viewing a virtual world through a headset, being able to see his hands and other physical objects, and manipulating the environment using those objects.
4Microsoft and Intel Put Focus on VR
Terry Myerson, right, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said the software maker will update Windows 10 to enable the company’s Windows Holographic software that runs on its HoloLens to also run on the Alloy headsets. In December, the companies will announce a spec for VR headsets like Alloy and Microsoft’s HoloLens, and next year, Intel will open-source the Alloy hardware.
5The Music of Merged Reality
6Intel Takes to the Air
7Intel Drones On
8Intel Also Stays on the Ground
Autonomous cars continue to be a key focus for most chip makers, including Intel, which recently announced a partnership with BMW and Mobileye to get self-driving BMW vehicles on the road by 2021. At IDF, Intel officials said the company is building its own fleet of autonomous cars, and put two test vehicles on display.
9Behind the Wheel of a Self-Driving Car
10It’s Fun to Play With the FPGA
Intel last year paid $16.7 billion to acquire Altera and its programmable chip technology. At IDF, Krzanich and other officials stressed the importance of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in the fast-growing digital world. Here the CEO shows off an Intel-branded 14-nanometer Stratix 10 FPGA during the inaugural Intel SoC (system-on-a-chip) FPGA Developer Forum, run in conjunction with IDF.
11The Power and Energy of Joule
Intel introduced a chip module called Joule, a tiny board with sensors based on RealSense, that will make it easier for developers to create prototypes of devices that include computer vision capabilities. It complements other such Intel development boards like Edison, Galileo and Curie. Here Krzanich displays a Joule board.
12Joule in Action
13Intel Bringing Silicon Photonics to Data Centers
Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, announced that after 16 years of development, the company was ready to bring silicon photonics products to market later this year. The technology will address the demand by cloud service providers for more network bandwidth, better scalability and faster connectivity.
14Keeping an Eye on 5G
Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, president of Intel’s Client and IoT Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, told IDF attendees that a key part of the vendor’s IoT strategy is focusing on the development and deployment of 5G, the upcoming next-generation wireless broadband technology that promises to deliver speeds 10 to 100 times faster than average 4G LTE connections today.
15Many Cores and AI
Artificial intelligence and machine learning is fast becoming another highly competitive field for chip makers. At IDF, Intel’s Bryant said that next year, the company will introduce “Knights Mill”—a derivative of Intel’s current many-core Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” chip that will compete with Nvidia’s GPUs in machine learning tasks.