A company known for decades as a powerhouse in the computing sphere, Intel is a brand that commands respect. They’ve been at the forefront of design and innovation in the processing space for more years than we all care to remember – and they show exactly zero signs of slowing down.
Here at CES 2020 we were let in on some of the work Intet’s been doing the last year and plans for the future. Let me start with the most exciting first – they’re calling it ‘Tiger Lake’ and it’s the latest in their line of mobile processors! Component nerds unite and bask in the glory that is this CPU;
Alongside Tiger Lake, Intel also went ahead and teased their very own discrete graphics card! A move that was entirely unexpected however is welcomed with open arms. They’re calling it the ‘DG1’ and while we got a small glimpse of it running on a Tiger Lake laptop, it was a very short demonstration that left a bit to the imagination. We’re looking forward to hearing much more about the DG1 into the future and will hopefully have more to report soon.
With the announcement of Tiger Lake, the Intel team showed off a really interesting form factor for laptops/tablets into 2020 that may be a fan favourite. We’re talking here about a foldable laptop of some capacity, that can unfold out to one big screen, or else be used as two touch screen displays. We saw a few different devices that all roughly fit this mold;
Unlike the two-in-one laptops that I’ve notoriously abused, I can actually see a genuine use for these devices. Really interesting work from Intel that we’re being told is made possible by Tiger Lake.
Outside of peaking our interest with their CPU advancements, Intel demonstrated a piece of tech referred to as (and bear with me here) “Large scale, cloud-based streaming volumetric video”. Conceptually, this tech is INCREDIBLE.
Essentially, Intel showed that with a range of well placed cameras and an immense amount of computing power, they’re able to get vision from a location that doesn’t actually have a camera. The exhibition used the perfect example of sports broadcasting, that with a set of cameras around the edge of a stadium – Intel were able to generate an image from ANYWHERE on the field. Which is to say that you, as a fan of the game could pick literally any location on the field and watch the game from that perspective.
Have a favourite player? Or maybe just want to see what the ref is seeing? Volumetric video processing enables exactly that. Now there are still a lot of questions that have to be answered around how feasible it is to actually process and stream this data in real-time, but Intel claims they can currently land a solid 30 frames/second.
Cutting edge technology and exciting new consumer products coming out of Intel’s 2020 CES press conference. Stay tuned for all of the latest out of the show, right here at EFTM.