It’s hardware season, and Intel is up to bat next. The company is hosting its next Intel Innovation event, and the focus at today’s event is expected to be on its next desktop processors, the 13th-gen Raptor Lake.
These highly anticipated new chips are the sequel to last year’s 12th-gen Alder Lake, which represented a massive sea change in the world of Intel chips. With the adoption of a higher core count, “hybrid” processors resulted in some impressive leads over the competition. But with AMD’s strong showing in Ryzen 7000, the pressure is back on Intel to deliver the performance needed to stay on top.
The event is going to touch on far more than just these new processors, though. With over 100 sessions slated for the two-day conference for developers and partners, the keynote is only the tip of the iceberg — but it’s the part that PC enthusiasts will be paying the most attention to. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is expected to kick off the presentation, which begins at 9 a.m. PT and can be livestreamed from Intel’s website.
Gelsinger has brought up a colleague on the stage to showcase her career, but let’s just mention what Intel is doing with the Arc 7700.
Conversation around graphics is up next. Gelsinger mentions that graphics has always been a passion of his, and now that he’s back, he wants to finish. He has announced the Intel Data Center GPU Flex, and held the product up for display. Next, Gelsinger showcased the Ponte Vecchio for high-powered supercomputers, and ended with the Arc A770 card for gamers. Gelsinger says reviews are already being shipped out to reviewers.
Gelsinger is talking about everything that’s needed to drive forward the future of compute. In addition to the four major talking points, Gelsinger is touching on UCIe, the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express, an open standard that all major foundries have agreed to. Short videos clips of Samsung and TSMC were shown, pledging their partnership in supporting UCIe.
Gelsinger is speaking about the ubiquitous technological superpowers of the modern world, even using his own hearing aid that he pulled out of his ear as an example. He’s moving on to compute as the example of Intel’s contribution to this technology, proudly stating that Moore’s Law isn’t dead, as other companies have claimed. Gelsinger says Intel wants to be the stewards of Moore’s Law. Intel has put its roadmap of nodes on the screen to remind us of how aggressively the company is pushing ahead with nodes.
After a delightfully old-school introduction, CEO Pat Gelsinger has taken to the stage in front of the live audience. This is the first tech event that feels like the tech events of the old days, and it’s giving me the warm fuzzies of nostalgia.
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