Intel reiterated its forecast projecting more than 50 billion connected devices and "things" in operation worldwide by 2020.
By Rachel King for Between the Lines | August 19, 2015 -- 17:30 GMT (10:30 PDT) | Topic: Data Managemen
SAN FRANCISCO---Intel technologies created for PCs and servers are finding their ways into more Internet of Things applications these days, observed Intel's Internet of Things group manager Doug Davis.
"The monetary opportunity here is immense," added Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel's data center group, while speaking to hundreds of developers at the tech giant's annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Wednesday.
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Pointing back to Intel's Internet of Things (IoT) platform unveiled last winter, Davis reiterated the San Jose-based corporation's forecast projecting more than 50 billion connected devices and "things" in operation worldwide by 2020.
But the biggest barrier, Bryant acknowledged, is making sense of all that data -- forcing the conversation to switch from data to algorithms in order to make use (and value) of that information.
Bryant dubbed this as "the algorithm economy."
Thus, Intel executives outlined a number of projects and services already in place meant to encourage developers to cash in on this opportunity for developing solutions for every vertical from agriculture to healthcare while using Intel technologies.
Describing Intel's silicon portfolio as being historically mapped like a pyramid, Davis stressed Intel pledges to support each new generation for seven years at a minimum.
Additionally, Davis highlighted the Intel IoT Developer Program, promising a scalable path to prototype, test and deploy commercial Internet-connected solutions and implementations.
ment for the last three years. Aimed toward data scientists and application developers, the
Intel has shared new details about its faster, more power-efficient Skylake processors at IDF 2015 in San Francisco. PCWorld reports that Intel engineers have suggested the sixth-generation Core processors could launch in around "two weeks," setting the stage for a possible announcement of new chips appropriate for Macs at the IFA Berlin trade show on September 4-9.
Skylake processors will feature improved Iris Pro integrated graphics capable of driving up to three 4K monitors at 60Hz, whereas Haswell architecture could drive a single 4K monitor at 30Hz and Broadwell architecture could handle a single 4K monitor at 60Hz. Skylake will also have fixed-function support for 4K video processing in hardware and support for the latest APIs: DirectX 12, OpenCL 2 and OpenGL 4.4
That means Intel has dedicated transistors directly to the job of decoding and encoding 4K. In one demonstration showing playback of a 4K RAW video stream from a Canon video camera, playback was smooth using the Skylake graphics chip, while using just the CPU, it would constantly drop frames.
Skylake architecture is also more power efficient thanks to a new power-saving feature called Speed Shift, which allows the CPU to intelligently adjust its power state for extended battery life. Skylake CPUs are also more efficient overall and feature eDRAM+, which can cache information, for increased performance.
In June, Intel introduced Thunderbolt 3 with a USB Type-C connector and support for USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2 and PCI Express 3.0. The new spec, rumored to launch alongside Intel's next-generation Skylake chips, is capable of driving up to two 4K external displays at 60Hz or a single 5K display at 60Hz running off a single cable.
Intel Optane super-fast SSDs coming in 2016
08/18/2015 at 2:26 PM by Brad Linder Leave a Comment
Intel plans to launch a new line of solid state storage devices under the Intel Optane brand in 2016. They’ll be the first solid state drives to use 3D Xpoint technology, which is said to offer up to 1,000 times the speed, 1,000 times the durability, and 10 times the density of current solutions.
3D Xpoint is a new type of non-volatile storage, which means that unlike DRAM, it can retain data without any power. This makes it more like the NAND flash storage used in today’s solid state drives. But it offers speeds that are closer to what you’d expect from DRAM than NAND (although DRAM is still faster).
What does that mean in terms of real-world performance? At the Intel Developer Forum keynote in San Francisco, Intel showed off a demo of a PC with an early version of an upcoming Intel Optane drive.
It was about 5 to 7 times as fast as an Intel P3700 series solid state disk using NAND flash storage, depending on the test. And this is just an early sample.
Intel says the first Optane chips will be “a new line of high-endurance, high-performance Intel SSDs” that will be available for a wide range of devices including services, desktops, and portable computers. It will be available both as a PCIe SSD and as a DIMM for use with Intel Xeon-powered products.
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