Intel Developer Forum 2015 Keynote Liveblogby Joshua Ho, Ryan Smith & Ian Cutress on August 18, 2015 11:48 AM EST
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11:51AM EDT - We're here at Intel's annual developer conference and press gathering, IDF
11:52AM EDT - This year's keynote is being presented by Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich
11:53AM EDT - The big news of course will be Intel's Skylake architecture
11:54AM EDT - It technically launched two weeks ago at Gamescom as a soft launch, but with IDF this will be the main event
11:54AM EDT - So we should find out more about the architecture, and with any luck the individual SKUs as well
11:57AM EDT - Meanwhile there is a very conspicuous Rube-Goldberg machine setup on stage
11:58AM EDT - I suspect we won't be waiting long to find out what that is about
11:59AM EDT - We may also see some Atom news today
12:01PM EDT - And here we go
12:01PM EDT - Just got hit in the face by the "comet" so that was fun I guess -Josh
12:02PM EDT - Rube-goldberg machine in action
12:03PM EDT - Gyrocopter IDF balls
12:04PM EDT - And now a very quick stage cleanup by the IDF stagehands
12:04PM EDT - Now on stage, Brian Krzanich
12:05PM EDT - Today;s theme: the fun of exploring technology
12:06PM EDT - Brian is talkijng about Intel's vision and how they need the audience (developers) to make it happen
12:07PM EDT - "This year we want to push further than ever before"
12:08PM EDT - "No canned demos here, everythijng's real-time"
12:08PM EDT - Starting with a developer video
12:10PM EDT - Very IoT and Edison-centric so far
12:11PM EDT - Developers discussing what they've done with the tech
12:11PM EDT - "Computing is everywhere"
12:12PM EDT - "Computing and the computing experience is becoming personalized"
12:13PM EDT - Intel has developed 3 key assumptions/tenets
12:13PM EDT - Sensification of compute: more sensors; sight, touch, etc
12:13PM EDT - Opportunity for everything to become smart and connected
12:14PM EDT - Finally, computing is an extension of the user. Wearables and other tech
12:14PM EDT - Now discussing the sensificaiton of compute
12:15PM EDT - Intel wants devices always listening and responding. A true voice control experience
12:16PM EDT - Intel Smartsound technology
12:17PM EDT - Demoing a Win10 Skylake PC with Skylake's audio DSP
12:17PM EDT - Wake-on-voice
12:17PM EDT - Also demoing Win10's Cortana
12:18PM EDT - By throwing in a mic input on Skylake itself, Intel can bypass a power-expensive ADC/DAC
12:20PM EDT - Next subject: audio latency
12:20PM EDT - Showing off Android Kitkat tablets
12:21PM EDT - Presentation isn't going as expected; Kitkat tablets aren't making any sound
12:21PM EDT - Now demoing Lollipop tablets with audio latency improvements
12:22PM EDT - Next subject: RealSense
12:23PM EDT - RealSense demo time
12:23PM EDT - Starting with smartphones
12:23PM EDT - Google's Project Tango + RealSense
12:23PM EDT - Prototype Tango phone with RealSense capabilities
12:24PM EDT - Demoing a feature called "meshing"
12:25PM EDT - Using the Tango phone to build a 3D model of the demo room
12:25PM EDT - Phone also knows its location relative to the rest of the room
12:26PM EDT - Clearly still an early tech; takes some time to scan a whole room
12:26PM EDT - "What will you go off and develop?"
12:27PM EDT - Rolling video: a virtual butler system dubbed Relay
12:27PM EDT - Hotel using a robot to deliver items to guests
12:28PM EDT - Using RealSense to avoid obstacles and people
12:29PM EDT - Now bringing a Relay on stage
12:30PM EDT - 'Bot brought Brian a drink
12:30PM EDT - Segue into how robots need to interact with the world to be useful
12:31PM EDT - Announcing that RealSense wll support the Robot Operating System (ROS) that Relay uses
12:32PM EDT - Also announcing RealSense support for everything from UnrealEngine to Android
12:32PM EDT - Final senification demo: feeling
12:33PM EDT - Demoing a VRX racing simulator
12:35PM EDT - Now demoing RealSense and Twitch
12:36PM EDT - Showing Rocket League with the presenter superimposed in the corner. RealSense is being used to isolate him from the background
12:36PM EDT - Camera developed by Razer, will be on market in Q1
12:38PM EDT - "Intel is proud to be the lead sponsor of TwitchCon 2015"
12:38PM EDT - Switching gears to the smart and connected world, IoT
12:40PM EDT - Demo: wardrobe previews using a large display as a pseudo-mirror
12:40PM EDT - Ian: what, no preference for blue?
12:41PM EDT - Memomi "Memory Mirror"
12:41PM EDT - This mirror is social, local, and mobile. -Josh
12:42PM EDT - Next demo: baby seat clip
12:43PM EDT - Clip to let you know if you left your kid in the car
12:44PM EDT - Next set of demos: Intel's IoT Platform
12:45PM EDT - Device to cloud and back again
12:45PM EDT - IoT vending machine
12:46PM EDT - Front glass has been replaced with a transparent screen (guessing OLED)
12:46PM EDT - Vending machine profiles the users so that owners know who's using it
12:47PM EDT - Using RealSense to interact with the vending machine without touching it
12:48PM EDT - N&W will be relasing 5000 of these machines through 2016
12:49PM EDT - New technology announcemnet: EPIC
12:50PM EDT - Enhanced Privacy IDentification
12:50PM EDT - EPID, not EPIC, my bad
12:51PM EDT - Intel's IoT dev program has 252K devs using their IoT zone
12:51PM EDT - Next subject: the future of connectivity
12:51PM EDT - 5G connectivity
12:52PM EDT - Interesting to see if Intel can take on Huawei/Qualcomm on network equipment/modem.
12:53PM EDT - Third and final assumption: computing becomes an extension of you
12:53PM EDT - Wearables
12:53PM EDT - Small market growing quickly
12:54PM EDT - Now on stage, Greg McKelvey, EVP and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for the Fossil Group
12:55PM EDT - Following up on IDF 2014's partnership announcement
12:55PM EDT - "Connected accessories"
12:56PM EDT - Sneak peak at Fossil's holiday product lineup
12:56PM EDT - Android Wear watch
12:56PM EDT - "Merging function and fashion"
12:57PM EDT - Now following up on Intel Curie, which was announced back at CES
12:58PM EDT - Curie SoC silicon being shown off
12:58PM EDT - Tiny, Quark-powered SoC: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8848/intel-announces-curie-tiny-module-for-wearables
12:59PM EDT - What could you do with Curie?
12:59PM EDT - Demo time: digitizing sports
12:59PM EDT - Curie-equipped BMX bike
01:00PM EDT - Bike can tell it's orientation and what it's being used for
01:01PM EDT - Intel's software is identifying the tricks being performed
01:02PM EDT - BMX just jumped the Krzanich
01:03PM EDT - Intel IQ software kits
01:04PM EDT - Existing body and social kits are being joined by the time and identity kits
01:04PM EDT - Indentity IQ: Identify the user and provide access control
01:05PM EDT - Curie will be in partners' hands in Q4 of this year
01:05PM EDT - For the wider public (Makers), more info will be coming at Maker Fair later on
01:06PM EDT - Intel believes wearables can solve the Enterprise security/password problem
01:06PM EDT - (Com badges, anyone?)
01:07PM EDT - Demoing a computer automatically unlocking when the user approaches while wearing a security bracelet
01:07PM EDT - Bracelet has biometic sensors so that it stops working if it leaves the user
01:09PM EDT - Bracelet uses a form of Bluetooth LE
01:11PM EDT - Now rolling a video about the results from Intel's 2014 Make It Wearable competition
01:13PM EDT - Now on stage; Mark Burnett, CEO fo the United Artists Media Group
01:13PM EDT - Turner, UAMG, and Intel are partnering
01:14PM EDT - Intel sponsored reality competitiojn?
01:14PM EDT - Coming 2016: "America's Greatest Maker"
01:16PM EDT - Whoever comes up with the best gizmo for Intel gets 1 million USD
01:17PM EDT - Now demoing Intel's Basis Peak watch
01:17PM EDT - Everyone in the audience gets a Basis Peak
01:18PM EDT - (Audience seems slightly befuddled)
01:18PM EDT - Basis Peak's primary function is a fitness tracker, BTW
01:19PM EDT - Now switching gears to talking about the future
01:19PM EDT - Now demoing a "floating" display
01:20PM EDT - Using RealSense to project an optical illusion of contents floating in space
01:21PM EDT - Also using RealSense to detect user actions in the floating space
01:22PM EDT - "Intel will be there"
01:22PM EDT - Next subject: rearchitecting the computer storage architecture
01:22PM EDT - 3D XPoint incoming
01:23PM EDT - http://www.anandtech.com/show/9470/intel-and-micron-announce-3d-xpoint-nonvolatile-memory-technology-1000x-higher-performance-endurance-than-nand
01:23PM EDT - Now on stage: Rob Crooke, SVP of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group
01:24PM EDT - Recapping features of 3D XPoint
01:25PM EDT - Intel announcing a new storage brand
01:26PM EDT - Intel Octane
01:26PM EDT - Excuse me, Intel Optane
01:26PM EDT - 3D XPoint SSDs in 2016 released under the Optane brand. Datacenter to ultrabooks
01:26PM EDT - 3D XPoint will also be available via DIMMs for Xeons
01:26PM EDT - 3D XPoint live demo!
01:27PM EDT - Demoing an Optane PCIe SSD
01:27PM EDT - Optane vs. Intel P3700 SSD (Intel's current best SSD)
01:27PM EDT - ~7x better IOps at low queue depths
01:28PM EDT - 76K vs. 10K at QD1
01:28PM EDT - Just a short demo. No technical details on the Optane SSD at this time
01:30PM EDT - Wrapup
01:31PM EDT - Final demo: Intel's Curie-powered spiderbots
01:32PM EDT - (Ed: no walking eye?)
01:32PM EDT - New larger, black bot. Does in fact clearly have a camera
01:33PM EDT - Brian is controlling the bots based on his wrist movements with a control watch
01:33PM EDT - Now: an even bigger spider bot. chair sized
01:34PM EDT - Uses wheels BTW, not hexpedal motion
01:34PM EDT - Core i7 brain, RealSense vision
01:35PM EDT - Dancing time
01:36PM EDT - Spider can shift to hexpedal motion for very small movements
01:37PM EDT - And that's a wrap
01:37PM EDT - Off to the Skylake sessions
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nathanddrews - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkI want to see some GT4e performance data!
MrSpadge - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkAnd details on which (desktop) models GT4e will be used. And if any other desktop models get the eDRAM cache.
And what about AVX-512? Which CPUs will have it enabled and what will be the benefit (for pure number-crunching software)?
What about OC of non-K Skylakes? Can we still use the "multicore enhancement"? What about a small BCLK OC?
SuperVeloce - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkas far as avx512 is concerned, only xeons will have it enabled. Unless they changed something at the last minute (probably not possible, as the i7 skylake cpus are already on the market)
ddriver - Friday, August 21, 2015 - linkThat would suck big time. I hope at least skylake-e will get it thou...
ddriver - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkI want to see Intel elaborating on the dwindling IPC improvements and overclock potential of their high end / enthusiast lineup. Back to monopoly mode?
nandnandnand - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkinb4 AMD Zen forces Intel Kaby Lake to be good
SunLord - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkWell it's not impossible but it's unlikely Kaby would be bad let alone under perform Zen unless AMD executes to perfection on the first try
Refuge - Monday, August 24, 2015 - linkThe day they dont' fumble is the day I shit a rainbow.
MrSpadge - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - link"dwindling IPC improvements": it's known since a few decades that improving IPC gets harder the better you already are. And more like exponentially harder, not just a little bit. that's why ARM made so massive improvements during the last years - they started at a rather low level.
Fergy - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - linkKeep in mind ARM did it without going 90 watts and huge expensive chips.