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Intel reveals self-driving car project and 5G modem at CES

Posted on Thursday, January 05 2017 @ 10:08:24 CET by

Here's a brief overview about the novelties Intel presented at CES this week. Straight from the company, the automated driving and the 5G news seems to be the most important. The chip giant also announced it bought a stake in HERE, a provider of digital maps and location-based services:
Here is a summary of Intel's VR, automotive and 5G news from this week:

Jan. 4 Virtual Reality News Conference Highlights:

On Wednesday, Intel displayed the first 10nm-powered 2 in 1 PC running Intel's next generation processor, codenamed Cannon Lake. As part of the demonstration, the 2 in 1 played the company's latest commercial featuring Jim Parsons and Michael Phelps. The company continues to expect to ship Cannon Lake chips this year.

Krzanich showcased the first demonstration of a live sports event streamed with Intel's virtual reality technology. He disclosed plans to bring VOKE VR to Oculus Rift later this year. Intel will be among the first technology providers to enable the live sports experience on multiple VR devices.

The news conference marked the first time 250 people in the same place at the same time independently performed a live industrial inspection using 360-degree, 4K video. The audience inspected a 2,000-acre solar power plant in the Moapa River Indian Reservation. A drone loaded with Orah 4i high-definition cameras and a low-power, high-latency computing solution gathered the inspection data.

Intel and HypeVR, a computer vision company focused on developing ultra-high-resolution live action VR capture and playback with six degrees of freedom, announced that they are looking to partner to bring HypeVR volumetric video content to Project Alloy in 2017. Unveiled in August, Project Alloy is an all-in-one merged reality solution in which the real world and virtual worlds are seamlessly combined. Intel also announced today that it is planning to productize the open hardware platform in the fourth quarter with some of its top OEMs.

HypeVR's proprietary volumetric capture and playback engine powered the live action VR exploration of the Ban Gioc waterfall, one of Vietnam's most breathtaking natural sights. It was the first public demonstration in which viewers could freely walk around in a live-action, non-artist created CGI video. The audience moved in, out, and around the 3-D scene. The experience foreshadowed the future of video and a different way in which content potentially will be created for VR.

Jan. 3-4 Autonomous Driving and 5G News Highlights:

On Tuesday, Intel announced plans to purchase a 15 percent ownership stake in HERE, a global provider of digital maps and location-based services. The companies will also collaborate on the research and development of a highly scalable proof-of-concept architecture that supports real-time updates of high-definition maps for highly and fully automated driving. Information at "Intel to Acquire 15 Percent Ownership of HERE."

At BMW Group's news conference Wednesday morning, BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous BMW cars will be on the roads this year, demonstrating the significant advances made by the three companies towards fully autonomous driving. Since July, the companies have developed a scalable architecture that can be adopted by other automotive developers and carmakers to pursue countless design iterations and create differentiated brands. Information at "BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye Will Have Autonomous Test Vehicles on the Roads by the End of 2017."

On Wednesday morning, Intel also introduced Intel® GO™, a new brand for our automotive solutions that include the industry's first 5G-ready development platform. It allows automakers to develop ahead of the expected 5G network rollout, which is set to take autonomous and automated driving to new levels. The system also includes multiple development kits that scale in performance from our next-generation Intel® Atom™ processor to Intel® Xeon® processors. This scalable car-to-cloud system puts the automotive industry on an accelerated path, offering tremendous flexibility in design while reducing the time and cost of bringing new experiences to market. Information at "Spanning Car, Connectivity and Cloud, Intel® GO™ Platforms Lead the Way in Automated Driving."

Intel also announced the Intel® 5G Modem, the world's first global 5G modem supporting both sub-6GHz bands and mmWave spectrum. It includes a compact, low-power chip kit and delivers gigabit speeds and ultra-low latency, enabling self-driving cars to make split-second decisions, and transforming connectivity required for other applications, such as smart cities, drones and virtual reality applications. Information at "Intel Accelerates the Future with World's First Global 5G Modem."



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