Intel Extends and Expands… Personal Computing
During his opening keynote at Computex Taipei 2017, Gregory Bryant, corporate VP and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group highlighted new and updated solutions that he said will help Intel evolve from a PC company to one building “a more immersive, personal, smart and connected world.” The new offerings include:
-Intel’s new Core X-series processor family, which scales from 4 to 18 cores with matching price points. The X-series also introduces new Core i9 processors with high performance capabilities ideal for data-intensive tasks like VR content creation and data visualization. These include the 18 core, 36 thread Core i9 Extreme Edition i9-7980XE which Intel said is the “first-ever teraflop desktop PC processor.”
-The new Intel x299 chipset is compatible with the new X-series family. It adds significantly more I/O performance and overclocking capabilities to those solutions, and is also compatible with Intel’s recently announced Optane memory technologies.
-The updated Turbo Boost Max 3.0 which in Core i9 Extreme Edition chips detects applications requiring higher performance, then shifts those workloads to the best available one or two cores and boosts clock speed accordingly. For example, in Core i9 Extreme Edition solutions, Turbo Boost Max 3.0 can raise the clock speed for single and multi-thread performance from a base 3.3 GHz or 3.6 GHz up to 4.5 GHz.
-The new Intel Compute Card allows devices from smart screens to interactive appliances to VR headsets to be easily connected to PCs. These include HTC’s Vive VR headset which can operate wirelessly using Intel WiGig technology. Compute Card solutions are expected to start shipping later this year.
-Second generation 3D NAND SSDs, including the Intel SSD DC P4500, P4600 and P4501 Series for use in data center applications, and
-Strong support from ecosystem partners for Intel’s new Optane memory technologies, resulting in over 130 Optane-ready motherboards, along with related systems from OEMs and systems integrators.
Bryant also stated Intel’s commitment to deliver new 8th generation Intel Core processor-based devices by the 2017 holiday season. The new Core chips are expected to deliver over 30 percent better performance than current 7th gen Core processors.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.