CES 2020: Intel showcases Tiger Lake processors and foldable laptop concept

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Intel executive vice president Gregory M. Bryant shows off the Tiger Lake processors.
Image: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation

On Monday, the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show hosted an intriguing keynote presentation by chipmaker Intel. During the event, the manufacturer showed off some of the capabilities of its new 10th generation Tiger Lake processors. Moreover, the firm debuted a flexible screen laptop concept, and the latest innovations of Mobileye, its driverless vehicle subsidiary.

Tiger Lake Tease

First up, Intel used its keynote to highlight the features of its new Tiger Lake processors. The firm intends the 10 nm++ CPU line to replace its Ice Lake series as its flagship high-end laptop chipsets. Lisa Pierce, the firm’s head of graphics software engineering, said the new processors offer double the performance of the prior generation.

Furthermore, Intel noted how it designed Tiger Lake to work in tandem with its next-generation Xe GPUs. As such, the company explained how ultra-books using its new hardware could run the latest high-powered AAA games with ease. Therefore, players won’t have to purchase individual machines to service their hobby and the rest of their connected life.

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The corporation also talked up Tiger Lake’s capacity to power innovations in software processing. As an example, the firm showed off how the CPU can improve the functionality of Adobe’s Sensei artificial intelligence (AI) platform. Adobe “Principle Worldwide Evangelist” Jason Levine demonstrated how the program could recognize and sharpen muddy foreground elements of various photos in five seconds.

Basically, Intel has created the hardware that has realized Hollywood’s fabled super-fast image enhancement technology. Sadly, the corporation did not nail down a release date for its latest and greatest processors.

The chipmaker also presented its DG1 GPU to the public for the first time at CES 2020. Though still in development, Intel proved that the graphics chip is capable of running “Destiny 2” on a laptop. The firm did not mention when it would make the component available for sale.

Horseshoe Bend

The corporation also showcased Tiger Lake’s performance in a foldable laptop concept called the Horseshoe Bend. Notably, the chipmaker built the dual purpose computer with its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners, not a big name brand. The device functions as a 17.3-inch foldable Windows 10 Pro-powered laptop and a flexible tablet computer.

Despite the size of its OLED panel, Horseshoe Bend has the discrete profile of a 12-inch laptop. Plus, while an on-screen interface can operate it, the device also features a detachable keyboard that can fit inside the machine.

According to Engadget, the device feels surprisingly sturdy and has seamless functionality thanks to its Tiger Lake CPU. Being a prototype, Intel offered no pricing or release information for the handsome 2-in-1.

Mobileye Driverless Vehicle Technology

Intel CEO Bob Swan took the stage to provide an update on the latest innovations of its Mobileye subsidiary. Before its acquisition, the Israel company generated more than $1 billion in revenue selling its computer vision sensor kits. Now, the firm has developed a rather impressive autonomous taxi product.

Swan played a video that showed how Mobileye’s platform is capable of guiding a car through dense Jerusalem traffic. The system has a high degree of performance because the company spent the last few years creating detailed HD maps using a crowdsourced program called REM. By deploying its EyeQ4 chips in 2 million vehicles, the concern taught its AI to compensate for challenging real-life road conditions like adverse weather and construction.

Mobileye’s next step is determining the viability of its platform as a commercial robotaxi solution. On Tuesday, the Intel-owned firm announced it would test and later deploy autonomous cabs in Daegu City, South Korea. The company also made an agreement with Chinese OEM SAIC to use its innovative mapping technology inside the Communist nation.

If the technology company’s Asian autonomous deployments are successful, Intel could profit tremendously. In a press release, Mobileye noted the self-driving car market is worth $160 billion.

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