Intel keynote misses the mark on Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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 said Tuesday that patches to its central processing units are slowing things down by 6 percent or less. The platform combines automotive-grade Intel Atom processors with Mobileye EyeQ5 chips. The news was reported shortly before Monday's keynote address. They included an instrument-free musical performance by an "algorithm-and-blues" band, an autonomous driving demonstration by Intel partner Mobileye, a flight demonstration of the electric Volocopter, and a Guinness record-breaking show of 100 drones operating without Global Positioning System control. According to the chief executive officer of Intel, Brian Krzanich, some of its partners such as Volkswagen, Nissan and BMW who are using mapping design developed by its subsidiary Mobileye are now moving into the deployment phase. This theme was expressed by Intel stating, "To power the technology of the future and create wonderful new experiences, we need to unlock the power of data".

Intel shares were under pressure last week after researchers pointed to the so-called Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting the chips powering most modern PCs and many mobile devices.

The bulk of the keynote speech focused on company announcements, including Intel's push around drones, artificial intelligence, connected cars and commuter helicopters.

Shortly before taking the stage Monday night, Krzanich sent a memo to employees announcing a reorganization that creates a new group within Intel to guard against security lapses.

Data "is the unseen driving force behind the next great wave of the technology revolution" the kind that "we see once or twice in a century, " he told a packed audience at the 5,000-seat Park Theater inside the Monte Carlo. Intel's new Immersive Media technology will give viewers the choice they have never had, of watching from any angle they want, any perspective from inside or outside the field, even within it.

Having this mapping information could help with the progression of autonomous cars. It is expected to provide a speed that is 40% faster than the current peak in transmitting data to a single customer's device while improving the average supply to users by at least fourfold in a dense and crowded environment.

Intel's CEO also announced that the company has shipped the first 49-qubit quantum computing test chip to its partner QuTech.

In his keynote, Krzanich predicted that quantum computing will solve problems that today might take our best supercomputers months or years to resolve, such as drug development, financial modeling and climate forecasting.

At the end of the evening, Krzanich brought a "Volocopter" on stage, an autonomous helicopter little bigger than a vehicle, which uses Intel technology to navigate through the air.

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