How Intel updates everything about it and its products

How Intel updates everything about it and its products

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Pat Gelsinger summed up the global economy of the future in a nutshell to reporters and analysts after his keynote address at the Intel Innovation 22 conference here earlier today.

“The most important ingredient for the future of humanity is silicon,” said Intel’s CEO. “Where oil reserves have defined geopolitics for the past five decades, fabs and tech supply chains are more important for the next five decades. Let’s build them where we want them; let’s think about these things. “

Although it might sound a little self-serving, there is more than a modicum of truth to the statement. With electric power clearly the future of consumer and industrial transportation and fossil fuels rapidly becoming a dirty term in many industries, technology powered by silicon-based data processors will certainly provide the necessary muscle on an increasing scale. to get things done for humans, like he did. done for decades.

The event, which has attracted about 1,000 in-person attendees and several thousand online, wraps up Sept. 28 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. It was filled with news about the venerable company’s hardware, software, partnerships, use cases, future plans and product roadmaps.

The main takeaways included the following:

  • Intel introduced its latest high-end processors, 13th generation Core i9 processors, aimed at the gaming and content creator markets. These are available with up to 24 cores (8 P-cores, 16 E-cores) and 32 threads and up to 5.8 GHz in single-threaded performance. In other words, as in all tech conferences: faster, stronger, better – according to the manufacturer.

  • The company strives to attract developers of all kinds who previously may not have worked in hardware. It will use its revamped Developer Cloud to make new and future hardware platforms immediately available for development and pre-launch testing, such as fourth-generation Xeon Scalable processors (Sapphire Rapids) and Intel Data GPUs. Center.

  • New Intel Geti Platform, introduced today, makes it easier for businesses to develop and deploy computer vision AI. Gelsinger said he expects over time Intel will deploy AI capabilities across the company’s massive product line.

  • Intel will now serve as a systems foundry, combining wafer fabrication, packaging, software and the chip ecosystem – a hardware workflow it has never attempted before. The company has 15 operating manufacturing plants and is building new facilities in places including Ohio, Arizona and Germany.

  • The company previewed future high-volume packaged system capabilities that will enable co-packaged pluggable photonics for a variety of applications. Research and development involving the transformation of code into light beams is carried out in Scotland; the company showed a live demo of the process at the conference.

Intel’s take on GPUs

As Gelsinger promised investors and customers when he took over as CEO from Bob Swan in February 2021, Intel is preparing to challenge global market leader Nvidia in the booming graphics processing unit space. (GPUs). The company unveiled several milestones in its lineup of data center GPUs, in addition to pricing and availability of the first Arc GPUs for gaming.

Gelsinger described the near future of GPUs at Intel this way: “When I left Intel 12 years ago, I had a list of 10 things I wanted to do in the data center I ran there. ‘era,” he told reporters after the opening speech. “I took a break from leaving Intel because #10 wasn’t done – and that was discrete graphics and throughput architecture. Coming back, we’re going to do that.

“We now have all product categories: integrated graphics, discrete graphics, GPUs and HPC. All of these products will ship by the end of the year; the wallet is now fully available and we are fully committed to Discrete graphics for this community are essential for ISV engagement.

“There are only three types of semiconductor companies: either you’re big, or you’re specialized, or you’re dead. We have to be big.”

Intel has some work to do in this area, however. Nvidia currently has 80% of the overall GPU market, and that includes 82% of the discrete graphics card market. On the other hand, in the first quarter of 2022, Intel was the largest vendor in the global personal computer GPU market, holding a 60% share. Nvidia took a 21% market share while AMD had 19%.

Geti computer vision brings new uses for AI

Intel’s recently launched Geti computer vision AI platform enables business team members across the line of business to develop their own AI models. Instead of having to spend tens or hundreds of hours training an application via video to perform specific functions, it can do so by ingesting only about 10-12 frames for the software to remember – and then learn the case. of use with up to approximately 90 percent accuracy. Add a few more frames and the accuracy percentage increases even more, Intel SVP Nick McKeown told ZDNET.

The platform is currently being tested by some customers and partners; it will be commercially available in the fourth quarter of 2022, the company said.

Geti and another new product presented at the conference, OpenVINO, are complementary in that they meet different AI modeling needs. Enterprise users can upload data and create computer vision models with Geti, then deploy those models using OpenVino at scale on Intel hardware. Geti can generate an optimized, ready-to-deploy OpenVINO model, saving additional optimization steps, McKeown said.

At the end of his keynote, Gelsinger introduced a surprise guest on stage, Linux creator Linus Torvalds (pictured right), to whom he presented the inaugural Intel Innovation Award. The Intel CEO described the Finnish technologist, who began developing software in the 1980s after reading Gelsinger’s book on programming the Intel 386 processor, as “one of the true thought leaders of any the history of computing”.

“What I found fascinating about this event was Intel’s focus on developer software and cloud,” Rick Villars, a longtime industry analyst at IDC, told ZDNET. “Intel needs to put its innovation in the hands of developers. Part of that is being much more clear and visible about expanding their processor portfolio with specialized GPUs, DPUs and systems. changed is how software comes to market, the whole model as a service, and the whole control plane based idea of ​​”I have a way to get this software to thousands of places or individuals. That’s what Intel is doing right now.”

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