Paul Otellini CES Keynote: Chips Ahoy!

Paul Otellini CES Keynote: Chips Ahoy!

Intel already announced their new Core i7, i5 and i3 processors earlier today, but CEO Paul Otellini may still have a surprise or two in store for his keynote. We’re here updating live, just in case.

Paul’s walking us through a little bit of Intel history, and how rapidly and consistently processor technology has evolved. Every two years, Intel schedules a breakthrough. Today, they’re shipping the first 32nm microprocessors (announced this morning), which are 5000 times faster than Intel’s first ever processor.

Today, he’s going to talk about how personal computing is evolving. But first! Some forced humour in the form of what’s bound to be a series of videos depicting two people in the future because of suits Otellini gave them, and oh why bother. Good to see Park and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari, though!



Because explaining things always makes them more fun, someone named David is giving us a 3D tutorial. We’re looking at a 3D home video shot of a bunch of kids dancing around,and using a program called First Light 3D to add titles to it, change the contrast, and so on. These things require processing power! Which comes courtesy of Intel, duh.

One last 3D treat: a trailer for an upcoming DreamWorks release called How To Train Your Dragon.

It’s not just about content, says Paul. We also need a way to share that content, not just through broadband but within the home. USB 3.0 is coming, and Intel’s also working on another technology called Light Peak that lets you download an entire Blu-ray movie in under 30 seconds. Otellini says it’ll come in early 2010, but it’s more likely to be about a year from now.

Intel has a new Wireless Display technology that’s launching with four partners. The WiDi will available soon at Best Buy. With a $US100 adaptor, you can link your TV to your laptop.

Now talking about TurboBoost, which we knew about. The flagship Core i5 has already been clocked at over 7GHz, which is crazy fast.

Craig (NOT Barrett) from Intel is going to show us a “Futuristic Digital Crib”. Intel is so down with the jive lingo! If the phrase “this is where the magic happens” isn’t said, I’m leaving disappointed. Update: Craig did say “bros”. I am content.

He’s showing off a TV interface called Orange that shows what’s on a dozen channels all at once. Seems unwieldy. But you can also sort by genre to narrow your choices down. Orange keeps content in the cloud, so if you miss a game or show you wanted to watch, it’ll go “back in time” and snatch it up for you. It’s not unique, but it’s what On Demand is eventually going to evolve into.