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Intel shows future of computing power at Computex

Processors running at 5GHz, 5G connectivity, low power screens and new form factors coming from Intel

Intel is changing the PC into a 'personal contribution platform, says Bryant.
Intel is changing the PC into a 'personal contribution platform, says Bryant.

Intel has shown its plans for the near future of microprocessors, with a focus on five key vectors of performance, connectivity, battery life, adaptability and intelligence.

At the Computex expo in Taiwan, Intel showed a number of updates in computing power, including the eighth generation Intel Core processor, with speeds up to 5GHz.

Other developments include a new Intel Low Power Display Technology, which can halve the power consumption of a typical screen, and 5G connected laptops.

Greg Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel Corporation presented the new innovations at Computex under the banner of "PC to Personal Contribution Platform".

The new advances included the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family - the Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series - which featuring up to double-digit performance gains and integrated gigabit Wi-Fi. The company also announced a new X-series release for desktop processors, and the next Intel Core S-series processor.

To mark the 40th anniversary of Intel's x86 architecture, Intel announced a limited the limited edition 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K processor, the first Intel processor with a 5.0 GHz turbo frequency. The company also announced that it will give away 8086 of processors in a sweepstake.

Intel announced that the first laptops and 2-in-1 devices with 5G connectivity are expected in 2019, and that it is working with leading OEM's including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft on 5G connected devices.

In power consumption, Intel showed a new Low Power Display Technology, featured in a one watt panel manufactured by Sharp and Innolux, which can cut LCD power consumption by half. Intel says that its expect to deliver an additional four to eight hours of local video playback, enabling battery life of up to 28 hours on some devices.

The company also showed an Intel Optane SSD, a slim M.2 form factor M.2, which will enable greater efficiency.

Intel partners showcased a range of devices in new form factors like dual screen, along with designing platforms for specific usage scenarios. Intel also showed a number of what it calls ‘Creator PCs', PCs with differentiated aesthetics and peripherals, upgradable form factors, and end-to-end technology optimized for different job roles in creative, compute-intensive roles such as design or animation.

The company has also introduced the AI on PC Developer Program, to provide tools and training for developers - including the OpenVINO toolkit and Windows ML - to fully utilize hardware capabilities to unlock AI innovation.