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Intel shows off next-gen Skylake processor, says Edison embedded chip is shipping

Mark Hachman | Sept. 10, 2014
As its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) kicked off, Intel presented its broad vision of processing data from wearables up through the data center.

Krzanich also showed off the MICA, a smartband that the company developed with Opening Ceremony. "What we were doing is building a cell phone capability that could link your cell phone and get all that textual information: texts, tweets, Facebooks," he said.

"This is something you want to wear regardless of the technology inside, and when you see the technology inside, you want to wear one," Krzanich added.  As another example, Krzanich mentioned the smart earbuds developed by SMS Audio, which can measure a runner's heart rate and report it to a smartphone. 

Don't forget the PC--or Skylake

For the past few months, Intel has touted its vision of a wire-free future, where notebooks and other devices will be wirelessly charged, with wireless displays that automatically connect to a nearby monitor. Intel has said previously that the wireless display component of that vision will arrive with the Core M.

Native wireless charging, however, will enter the PC space with the Skylake platform in the first quarter of 2016, said Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice president in charge of Intel's Client Group. "Our goal is to make wireless charging in every device," Skaugen added. 

Intel IDF 2014
Intel showed off a notebook powered by its Skylake chip at IDF.

Intel sits on the board of the Alliance for Wireless Power, also known as Rezence. By the end of 2015, Intel hopes to deliver a reference design that eliminates all cables. 

Even a year a way from production, Skaugen showed off a Skylake-powered notebook that could run the 3DMark benchmark and 4K video. "I am incredibly excited about the health of Skylake," Skaugen said--a significant statement, given that the current Core M processors were delayed six months.

Skaugen also announced that the next-gen Broadwell chips for desktop PCs would be available in products in the first quarter of 2015.

Tablets becoming increasingly important

Although its chips have been historically synonymous with the PC, Intel also hopes that they will move into the strong market for Android tablets. Intel has developed an Intel Reference Design for Android, certified by Google, that will take its Atom chips and allow OEMs to quickly develop an Android tablet powered by its hardware.

Dell Intel Venue 8 7000 tablet
MARK HACHMAN. Michael Dell appeared on stage at IDF to announce the Venue 8 7000 tablet with an integrated RealSense depth camera.

At CES 2014, Intel announced RealSense, a product line which will include the first "depth cameras" that mimic the Microsoft Kinect. Michael Dell, the founder of Dell, appeared onstage to announce the Dell Venue 8 7000 series with an integrated RealSense camera. The tablet will include a 2K, 8.4-inch OLED display, an edge-to-edge screen, and measure just 8 mm thin. While it will ship this November, Dell did not announce a price.


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