Intel CEO says fixes coming for widespread chip flaws

Intel Addresses the Elephant in the Room
CEO starts the Intel briefing the right way

Intel Addresses the Elephant in the Room CEO starts the Intel briefing the right way

Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich displays a Shooting Star Mini drone during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) preshow keynote address Monday, Jan. 8 in Las Vegas. The keynote also noted the promise of neuromorphic computing. While Intel and others have previously downplayed the possible impact of the fixes, indicating that in rare cases computers might be slowed as much as 30 percent, Krzanich's comments suggest that the problem may be more pervasive.

Alternatives include Advanced Micro Devices, which shares with Intel a chip architecture called x86, or chips based on technology from ARM Holdings or graphics processing chips, which were developed for different tasks than Intel and AMD's central processing units, or CPUs.

The QuTech team - which received US$50 million from Intel in 2015, and separately partners with Microsoft on its topological quantum effort - is now testing the 17-qubit test chip it received from Intel in October.

Intel has been working with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands to build full quantum computing systems, he said. While quantum computing has the potential to solve problems conventional computers can't handle, the field is still nascent. "We expect it will be five to seven years before the industry gets to tackling engineering-scale problems, and it will likely require 1 million or more qubits to achieve commercial relevance".

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The team should also be well-positioned to handle internal communications within Intel as well as external communications with customers, Tibbils said, offering a prompt response to all.

Despite the hyperbole of Krzanich's keynote and the media reports that followed, Intel is nevertheless patient in its quest to realise a fully-functional quantum computer. During a CES tech show in Las Vegas, on January 8th, he has declared that to transform their ideas into reality.

Krzanich also gave insight into the firm's new automated driving platform that combines both Intel's Atom processors with Mobileye's EyeQ5 chips that will be capable of powering the most complex autonomous vehicles.

Loihi is Intel's first "neuromorphic" chip - meaning, it can mimic the way a human brain learns and understands.

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The vehicle has 12 cameras, radars, laser scanners and computing technologies from Mobileye and Intel.

Krzanich noted the significance of this research and the progress Intel is making. "This incredible technology adds to the breadth of AI solutions that Intel is developing".

Intel has also signed a partnership with Ferrari North America that will see the Ferrari Challenge motorsport event using its Xeon processors and deep learning technology to collect and stream video from the event, as well as mine the resulting data for insights. Even if its own vehicles aren't a runaway success, Intel reported that two million vehicles from the likes of BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen will use technology from Mobileye throughout 2018 - which makes last year's acquisition look like a shrewd one.

Among some of the experiences Intel will offer at the CES are VR.

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