Intel VisiON Keynote: PC remains the foundation, 5G in a suitcase and reliable supply chain in the chip industry

CEO Pat Gelsinger opened the VisiON event in Dallas today. At this event, the brand will share its vision on a wide range of topics related to network technology, servers, 5G and more. We will report on this event in the coming days

This is the brand’s first major physical event in a long time. During the keynote, the head of the well-known chip company presented the company’s vision. Gelsinger: “The changes in the technology world right now are the fastest, but also the slowest”. According to Gelsinger, we are at the crossroads of the technology revolution. According to Gelsinger, fifty percent of the world’s population now has a smartphone. Ninety percent of people now have an internet connection. “Sometimes it only takes a week to make ten years of change.”

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.

An example of smart products that Gelsinger presents is a portable 5G base station the size of a suitcase. This allows emergency services to realize a network in all kinds of places where 5G is not available. For example, consider an environment where there is a flood.

5G in suitcase format from Pegatron.

You can quickly have fast computers at your disposal thanks to the cloud and AI also makes more and more possible. Gelsinger hangs the brand’s vision on the 4 ‘superpowers’. As these things come together, more and more options become available.

The four superpowers.

Gelsinger discusses the shortcomings of the market: “We not only need good chips, but most of all we need a better supply chain for the chip industry. Differentiated around the world. We call this our IDM 2.0 strategy. We are building new factories in Europe and America, among other places. “Strategy is not what you say, but what you do. It will enable a reliable supply chain in the chip industry.”

Michelle Johnston, Executive Vice President of Client Computing: “The PC is the foundation. We’re on our phones all day, but you do not have to think about doing everything on your phone. Digitization is everywhere, it affects our world The same goes for “companies and organizations, they have had to accelerate the digital change. When we sat at home two years ago, most people thought it would only be a few weeks. Then we would have to work from the living room and from the kitchen table.”

Michelle Johnson

“How do you ensure people can work well from home? There are currently 140 million computers that are four years old or older, but they probably do not support the tasks you have to perform for work,” Johnnston said. Next, the head of the company’s PC department unveiled the new Alder Lake HX mobile processor, a mobile chip with up to sixteen cores.

During the keynote, more was also said about the fourth generation of scalable Xeon processors or Sapphire Rapids. The larger number of cores in this chip can be used to speed up all sorts of things. Think of cryptography for, for example, encryption, databases, AI and networks. In the keynote, Bosch explained that the company uses Software Guard Extensions (SGX) of Intel chips to securely process the data the company has.

Raja Koduri with an Arctic Sound server GPU.

Zetta scale computing (1 zetta has 21 zeros) is an important trend for the company in the future. Raja Kudori, admit this. The company wants to work on the necessary force in the cloud, for example, to activate the meta-verse, in addition to a wide range of other applications.

Much of the growth in IP traffic has come from video. According to Kudori, IP traffic to video has increased by 80 percent in recent times. To cope with this, the company has developed the Arctic Sound GPU, which is the first AV1 hardware encoder. A card can handle 40 game streams simultaneously. “This is a single-chip multimedia supercomputer,” Kudori said.

In addition, Koduri ‘project playoffs’ showed a technology that allows computers to use each other’s computing power within the required latency. For example, consider a laptop where you can use the performance of your desktop for gaming.

The new Gaudi 2 AI accelerator was also unveiled, a chip designed for deep learning and an alternative to the Nvidia H100.

The processor is used to learn natural language, recognize objects and other things. During the presentation, the performance of the new chip was compared to the chip from Nvidia. According to Intel, the Gaudi 2 is twice as fast as the Intel Hopper H100. The new Gaudi 2 is produced in a 7nm process, the predecessor was still produced in 16nm. The chip has 24 TPCs and is used in combination with 96GB HBM 2e memory with a bandwidth of 2.45TB / s. The chip uses 600W.

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