Computex 2021: Intel Announcement RecapJune 3, 2021
As one of the most highly-awaited keynotes for Computex 2021, a month-long virtual event, Intel shared its essential role in technology during the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, Intel facilitated virtual doctor visits and ensured access to online learning for students and teachers. Intel also had a crucial role in speeding scientific research of the deadly virus that impacted the world.
According to Lisa Spelman, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Xeon and Memory Group, Intel has advanced the capabilities of the Xeon platform to holistically solve customers’ most challenging problems. The latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver a 50% performance improvement, expanded memory bandwidth, faster I/O with more lanes of PCIe, and advanced security capabilities with Intel Software Guard Extensions. “Cloud providers, OEMs, and ODMs worldwide have built hundreds of unique systems and services to take advantage of these capabilities,” said Spelman.
Intel has a better CPU in the works, a next-generation Xeon processor codenamed Sapphire Rapids. This new CPU delivers advancements in performance, workload acceleration, security, and memory. While the new Xeon’s won’t be released until next year, the platform is currently being sampled to customers worldwide.
Moving onto other new technology, Intel plans to unleash innovations for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. They play a key role in accelerating the adoption of new technologies such as the 3D Athlete Tracking Technology (3DAT). Xeon processors provide real-time analytics for better data-driven decisions that improve both the fan experience and the operation of the Olympic Games.
Rick Echevarria, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications Group and General Manager of the Intel Olympic Program, showcased Intel’s upcoming product codenamed Alder Lake. These processors are set to deliver major advancements that the industry is looking for in a desktop CPU. Alder Lake CPUs are set to make a significant breakthrough in x86 architecture with enhanced 10nm SuperFin, faster transistors, and improved MIM capacitor.
And finally, the “Beast Canyon NUC” New Unit of Computing, rounded out the keynote. It won’t be the same tiny system that we’ve seen in the past, but for a really good reason. Intel is sacrificing small size for better performance! The future NUC 11 Extreme kit “Beast Canyon” is about 8-liters and can house a full-length graphics card powered by Tiger Lake-H series processors. Officials say more information will be available this year, but an exact date wasn’t given.
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