Intel Innovation 2022: live updates from Raptor Lake launch

It’s hardware season and it’s Intel’s turn. The company is hosting its next Intel Innovation event, and today’s event focused on its next-generation desktop processor, the 13th-generation Raptor Lake.

These highly anticipated new chips are the follow-up to last year’s 12th-generation Alder Lake, which marked a huge turning point in the world of Intel chips. With the adoption of a higher core count, “hybrid” processors resulted in some impressive competitive advantage. But with AMD’s strong performance in Ryzen 7000, Intel is once again under pressure to deliver the performance it needs to stay at the top.

However, the event touched on much more than just these new processors. With more than 100 sessions scheduled for the two-day developer and partner conference, the keynote is just the tip of the iceberg — but it’s the part that PC enthusiasts will pay the most attention to. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is expected to kick off the presentation, which began at 9 a.m. PT and can still be streamed live from Intel’s website.

LiveLast updated September 27, 2022 10:19 AM

That is it! Keynote is over

The Intel Innovation opening keynote is over, but Gelsinger has already appeared in the post-show wrap-up, talking about the energy in the room and some of the show’s main themes. Gelsinger is such a recognizable figure in the industry, and his roots as a developer who started his career at Intel are still mentioned and put forward as the core of Intel’s new identity.

Linus Torvalds makes his appearance

Intel has brought in a special guest, Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel. Gelsginer gave him a signed copy of the book he wrote on x86 development, which Torvalds said was his way of developing Linux himself. Talking about his upbringing, Torvalds referred to himself as a “diltering engineer” rather than someone with a grand vision for the future of open source technology. Gelsinger closed the segment by awarding Torvalds the first Intel Innovation Award for his contribution to the open source community.

Samsung Display shows sliding display

The head of Samsung Display has taken the stage to present the world’s first PC with a sliding screen. Seeing that screen pull right out was a pretty neat demo, if only on a static image. The tablet has essentially changed from a 13-inch screen to a 17-inch screen, which looks pretty handy. The Samsung representative called it the next step forward in display innovation of foldable displays, which are now available in some products.

13th generation chip family officially announced

Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Gelsinger has officially announced the 13th generation Raptor Lake chips. Its big features are enhanced E and P cores, which are combined in this hybrid architecture to result in the best single-threaded and multi-threaded performance, Gelsinger said. Up to 5.8GHz on the high-end chip, with even a 6GHz model launching in 2023.

Troubleshooting in game development

An Inflexion Games developer has been brought on stage to show how Intel’s hybrid architecture is helping development. The developer working on the game, Nightingale, has said that in game development they can often only have one instance of the game world open at a time, but in this system they have up to four or even eight instances open at the same time on stage, which according to the developer can significantly speed up development.

Building AI models for the real world

Gelsinger and crew demonstrate how building AI models can be applied to coffee harvesters, training a model to get better yields from coffee beans. Gelsinger announced Intel Getti to take advantage of the opportunity to create computer vision models for more developers and industries. The next demo is Chipotle, and in this case computer vision models are shown to help restaurants stay stocked, keep ingredients fresh, and even ensure order accuracy, all performed by small form factor edge devices. Intel cameras are mounted above the service lines and can detect the ingredients in real time. Chipotle’s CTO was featured in a video clip, noting that a full implementation of Intel technology will hit a major market in the coming months.

Gelsinger casts shadow on GPU prices

Gelsinger brought a colleague on stage to showcase her career, talk about Intel’s commitment to an open ecosystem and show some AI demos on 4th Gen Intel Xeon processors, but let’s talk a little bit about what the company does with the Arc A770 . Gelsinger specifically mentioned how many people are complaining about the average price of GPUs today, and how Intel’s answer to that problem is the $329 A770. How these cards will ultimately perform has yet to be determined, but the message is clear: Intel wants to counter what Nvidia is doing with its skyrocketing graphics prices by launching its first gaming GPU as something the average PC gamer can actually afford.

Intel’s graphics come into the limelight

The conversation about graphics is next. Gelsinger mentions that graphics have always been a passion of his, and now that he’s back, he wants to finish it. He announced the Intel Data Center GPU Flex and held the product up for display. Then Gelsinger showed the Ponte Vecchio for powerful supercomputers and ended with the Arc A770 card for gamers. Gelsinger says reviews are already being sent to reviewers.

The Systems Foundry Recipe, UCIe

Gelsinger talks about everything it takes to advance the future of computing. In addition to the four main topics of discussion, Gelsinger touches upon UCIe, the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express, an open standard that all major foundries have agreed to. Short video clips were shown from Samsung and TSMC, in which they pledged their partnership in support of UCIe.

Moore’s law is alive and well

Gelsinger talks about the ubiquitous technological superpowers of the modern world, even with his own hearing aid that he took from his ear as an example. He goes on to cite as an example of Intel’s contribution to this technology, and proudly states that Moore’s Law is not dead, as other companies claim. Gelsinger says Intel wants to be the custodians of Moore’s law. Intel has put its roadmap of nodes on the screen to remind us how aggressively the company is proceeding with nodes.

CEO Pat Gelsinger kicks off

After a delightful old-school introduction, CEO Pat Gelsinger takes the stage in front of the live audience. This is the first tech event that feels like the tech events of yesteryear, and it gives me the warm fuzzies of nostalgia.

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