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CES 2019: Intel unveils new AI, 5G support processors

Intel Corp. continued its focus on artificial intelligence Jan. 7 as it announced several new microprocessor products to support AI and the burgeoning mobile infrastructure at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor features new support for AI. Intel is partnering with Facebook Inc. to field test the processor's inference learning capabilities, particularly as applied to images. It will be commercially available later in 2019, said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president of the data center group.

Intel is also developing a new system-on-a-chip, or SoC, called Snow Ridge to support 5G applications. It serves mobile base stations that provide mobile broadband to consumers.

"It will take our position in the base station market from zero percent just a few years ago to what we predict to be over 40% by 2022," Shenoy said. The company will update each of its processors to a ninth generation, from i3 to i9.

Meanwhile, a new SoC called Ice Lake aims to "establish the next era of mobile computing," Intel Senior Vice President Gregory Bryant said. Ice Lake includes native AI components, featuring new instructions for machine learning for inference-based workloads such as image recognition.

Another SoC solution, Lakefield, is Intel's "smallest full-PC motherboard," Bryant said. The small scale could power new innovative devices with more usable display space on smaller structural bodies, he said.

Intel's Xeon data center processor turns 20 years old in 2019. The company began shipping Cascade Lake, the new generation of Xeon processor, which includes AI deep-learning support and a persistent memory feature, in late 2018.

Executives said the company's Mobileye EyeQ technology is being installed in a new autonomous BMW vehicle, with the goal of being consumer-ready in 2021, regardless of other progress in the autonomous vehicle industry.