The transformative power of computing to help people do more is clear. At CES 2021, Intel Executive Vice President Gregory Bryant and other Intel executives will highlight how Intel is executing and driving innovation in process technology, packaging and architecture to deliver that transformative computing experience for consumers and businesses alike.
As we enter the era of distributed intelligence, computing is pervasive and intelligence is distributed. Put simply: Everything looks like a computer, and everything is in the cloud. At CES 2021, Bryant and team will expand on how Intel is delivering for its customers as the company embraces the incredible growth opportunity this data revolution has created. This includes Intel introducing more than 50 processors for business, education, mobile and gaming computing platforms – resulting in more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops coming to market in 2021.
Live Blog: Follow along below for real-time updates of this virtual event.
1:00 p.m.: Welcome everyone to Intel at CES 2021. I’m Marcus Yam, technology evangelist at Intel, and I will be providing a play-by-play of our upcoming press conference “Do More With the Power of Computing.”
Like our previous launch of 11th Gen Core “Tiger Lake” processors, this is a virtual event. We miss seeing everyone in at CES Las Vegas, but fortunately we have lots of news to share with you today – get ready for new processors galore!
Kicking off the conference is Gregory Bryant, Intel Executive VP and Client Computing Group leader, whom we often call “GB” at Intel.
“While we can’t be together in person, I am grateful we can still connect through the power of technology,” says GB. “It’s this ability – to connect hundreds of thousands of us all over the globe – that truly demonstrates the essential role technology plays in our lives. … We live in a world where computing is now pervasive. Computers are no longer just a PC or a server.”
GB talks about how computers are interconnected, part of the network, the hospital, the car, etc. “And computing is the heart of everything we do at Intel – we’re a computing company”
1:02 p.m.: A couple recent examples: the major design in with Amazon Web Services for the Habana Gaudi AI accelerators and the news shared today by Mobileye, an Intel company creating autonomous vehicle technology.
GB announces that production shipments have started for next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable 10nm “Ice Lake” server processors with volume ramping throughout this quarter. ❄ Cloud, enterprise and networking businesses, brace yourselves!
Since launching in September, there are now more than 120 11th Gen Core designs, with at least 50 of them as Intel Evo designs with verified performance from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, among others.
That’s a broad array of choice. “You won’t see a ‘one system fits all’ mentality from Intel and its partners,” says GB. “Only Intel can deliver this breadth and scale of designs, because we have deep technical partnerships with more than 150 companies around the world.”
1:07 p.m.: The news today: new processors for business; new family of processors for education, and two new lines of processors for “absolute performance leadership, as measured by real world performance.”
GB turns it over to Stephanie Hallford to talk business, but not before he teases that there will be a surprise at the end.
Hallford, VP and GM of Business Client Platforms, says that the impact of the global pandemic has businesses accelerating transformation, adapting to new cloud realities, and keeping their workers safe and productive by supporting remote work. “While we forecasted the need for remote security and manageability, COVID-19 greatly accelerated and complicated these requirements.”
Enter the Intel vPro platform that focuses on three key areas, Hallford explains.
- Security: “vPro is the world’s most comprehensive hardware-based security available for businesses today. Software alone is not enough.”
- Manageability: “vPro is the only solution with hardware-based remote manageability giving businesses the ability to reach – and if needed, patch – all their systems regardless of location.”
- Performance: “Business-class performance to enable productivity, video collaboration and content creation – even in a remote work environment.”
Naturally, 11th Gen Core is getting suited up (or cozy WFH loungewear these days) with vPro.
Hallford walks through a demo of two laptops, one with Intel vPro and the other running an AMD processor. The vPro system has an Intel-invented Control-Flow Enforcement Technology, while the other one does not.
“Both systems are open to the same webpage. As we scroll down the page, there is an advertisement that is hiding a control flow attack. Let’s click on it to see what happens on each system,” says Hallford. “On the non-Intel system, the attack begins completely undetected.”
“Now, on the Intel vPro system, let’s click the same link. As you can see, we detect and block the attack.”
11th Gen Intel vPro also means “Tiger Lake” performance. 🐅 “Up to 23% faster productivity with Office 365. … 50% faster productivity compared to the competition while on video conference. … 1.8x faster video editing,” notes Hallford.
Dialing vPro up to ‘11’ also includes bringing Intel Evo to businesses, Hallford announces. “It combines the security and manageability of vPro and the beautiful thin and light designs of Evo.”
There will be more than 60 new vPro and Evo vPro laptops this year, scaling Core i5 and Core i7. Hallford holds up one of the first examples, a Dell Latitude 9420: “It’s the world’s first business PC featuring ExpressSign-in 2.0 with Intel Visual Sensing Technology.”
Joining the presentation (virtually) is Chuck Simmons, vice president at Accenture.
“Our clients have faced numerous challenges in this pandemic,” Simmons says. “With remote workers, particularly at home, it is so difficult for us to dispatch a very expensive resource to repair that PC. With Intel and the vPro platform, we’re able to get to that device remotely, monitor it, manage that device, and more importantly, resolve any issues.”
Hallford asks why Accenture chose Intel, to which Simmons answers, “We chose vPro for the following capabilities: number one, it delivers performance; number two it delivers the highest level of security; and number three, it has the highest reliability of any processor in the marketplace. … For our living platform, hands down Intel is the platform of choice.”
Moving from working to learning, Caitlin Anderson, GM of Commercial Client, takes the virtual stage in a classroom environment to talk about the PC in education.
The life altering effects of the global pandemic carries through here as well. “COVID-19 and the move to digital learning has accelerated demand for PCs in education. We’re seeing an uptick of nearly 37% year-on-year,” says Anderson. “And retail demand is up significantly as well – we estimate that at least 10% of devices purchased at retail are for students.”
New processors to serve the education market: Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron processors.
“For the first time, Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron processors are designed on our 10nm architecture, delivering up to 35% better performance gen on gen,” Anderson says.
1:15 p.m.: Presentation then cuts to Michael A. Campbell, global director and head of education, with a demonstration of the new Intel Pentium processor (codenamed “Jasper Lake”) compared with MediaTek’s 8183 processor.
“On both devices, a video conferencing call is running in the background, realistic of a student’s school experience today,” says Campbell, and introduces an example learning assignment to download, build and explore a moon rover Lego model, using the Tinkercad app.
“As you can see, with our new, completely re-designed platform, the Intel powered system finishes the render way ahead of the competition… so a student using the Intel device would be able to interact with the finished model right away.”
Back to Anderson, who confirms that the new Pentium and Celeron processors will be on Windows, Chrome and Linux devices this year.
1:16 p.m.: 30% of school children lack internet access or laptops for learning. “At Intel, we want to do our part to help change this,” says Anderson. “Over the last 15 years we have invested more than $1B globally in education, including training for more than 15 million teachers. … In 2021, we will continue these efforts.”
1:17 p.m.: Anderson introduces a video featuring one of the education partnerships with the Social Works Foundation with founder Chance the Rapper, who explains that Intel provided $250,000 for laptops so that students could access remote learning pods. “There is no remote learning without assistance,” said Chance the Rapper.
“I’ve seen these students grow so much since we started these pods,” says Tori Niestrom, pod leader at SocialWorks.
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