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Intel has a packed room for its major press event at the International Consumer Electronics Show and I squeezed in with a few thousand of my closest friends to experience it. Follow along as I live blog the event and hear the news.

Intel CES 2013

Intel has a packed room for its major press event at the International Consumer Electronics Show and I squeezed in with a few thousand of my closest friends to experience it. Surely the company will be talking about its next generation computer chips, along with the progress it’s making in smartphones and tablets.

Intel also developed the Ultrabook computer class to help PC makers build smaller, thinner laptops that run longer on a charge. I’ll live blog all the developments here as the company makes it’s big pitch for 2013.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:47 pm

Intel is summarizing now, so that’s a wrap. I’ll be swinging by the Intel booth for some demos once the show floor opens tomorrow. Thanks for following along!

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:45 pm

Eye tracking is part of this tech too. Showing a demo now: Playing “Where’s Waldo” by looking around the screen.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:42 pm

Ooh! A demo of playing Portal 2 with gestures. Nifty!

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:42 pm

These camera sensors can see each individual finger to interact in 3D space on a computer.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:41 pm

Intel has a small USB peripheral that adds sensors similar to an Xbox Kinect for gestures. No price, but “low cost”. Company is working to integrate these sensors directly in a PC.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:39 pm

Facial recognition for PC security being demonstrated. Intel says it can’t be spoofed with a picture due to multiple points of scanning. It can be combined with voice to become even more secure.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:37 pm

Intel working with Nuance to get voice assistant on Dell computers now. Post to Facebook or do a Google search with voice; very similar to software on mobile devices.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:36 pm

Last up: perceptual computing. “We’re going to add eyes, touch and other human senses to the PC.”

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:34 pm

Comcast will use Intel in a new gateway device that will eliminate set top boxes for streaming content.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:33 pm

Moving right along: Service provider announcements. Sounds like TV content.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:33 pm

Using the touchscreen now for a casino game of poker. User cards can be seen on an Android phone or the PC. Slick.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:32 pm

Showing off a 27-inch multitouch PC laying flat. Four people playing Monopoly. Looks pretty neat. If you like your family, that is. (Note: I do like mine)

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:30 pm

10-finger multi-touch, which ought to make Angry Birds Family Edition fun.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:30 pm

A Sony all-in-one is getting demonstrated. Looks to be around 21-inches and has an integrated easel stand. It’s completely wireless with an integrated battery.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:29 pm

Switching directions again: All in one computing and “bringing back family night”.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:28 pm

$799 to $899 price points expected when these arrive.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:27 pm

Showing off some early 4th gen, internal designs. Very thin 11.6-inch notebook that will deliver 13 hours of battery life. The screen detaches from the keyboard and works as a standalone tablet.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:26 pm

The theme here is a reinvention of the PC… as Intel sees it.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:25 pm

All day battery life, says Intel, with the fourth generation. “The biggest generation to generation runtime increase in the history of Intel.” Whoa!

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:24 pm

Intel has big expectations for this next generation of Ultrabooks because the chip platform is designed for Ultrabooks. Prior products used a retrofit approach. Touch on 4th gen Ultrabooks will be required and these will have voice capability.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:22 pm

Now showing an NEC 15-inch laptop that’s 12.9 millimeters thin with this platform. Difference in thickness from a laptop of just 2 or 3 years ago is quite large.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:20 pm

We’re getting a quick Ultrabook history now: Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge to Haswell chips. More than 140 product designs showing growth in Ultrabooks. Touch-based systems will dropping down to $599, thinks Intel.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:19 pm

“Best of a tablet and the best of a notebook all in one product line.”

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:18 pm

Systems running on these chips will be here in the spring. Early Acer, Lenovo products are being shown off now.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:17 pm

A new 7W chip line moving into Ivy Bridge products shipping today. Goal was 10W of power. “Will deliver thinner and lighter systems that run longer. Five times the performance of an Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet. (Guess they missed the Tegra 4 event last night….)

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:15 pm

Change in speaker, but I missed his name. (Slow down Intel folks!!!) Talking about the blurring lines in mobile computing.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:14 pm

Bay Trail is the next-gen Atom based on 22 nm tech. >2x performance over current generation. Availability is holiday 2013. Mike is now showing three early tablets for Windows 8 and Android with this chipset.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:13 pm

Mike is showing software to illustrate the compatibility bit. Thinking this is a shot at ARM-based Windows tablets….

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:12 pm

Advantages of Intel in these. Mike says responsiveness, fluid touch, battery life, performance throttling and compatibility.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:11 pm

Time for tablets!

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:11 pm

Or not. Just a “we’ll deliver the next generation chips later this year. Boo!

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:10 pm

Now for some 22 nm chip bits….

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:10 pm

Initially, Acer, Safaricom and Lava will have products with this Intel platform.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:09 pm

Dual SIM support, FM radio, micro SD card slot and wireless display output. All features common to high end devices but on a value priced smartphone. Smart strategy for Intel to get into this market quicker.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:08 pm

Mike’s going to show it off a little more with a burst shot of 7 frames in one second. Wonder if I can buy the prints?

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:08 pm

Chip platform supports 1080p encoding and decoding, 7 frame burst rate for the camera.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:07 pm

3.5 inch display and 320 x 480 resolution and HSPA+ 21 Mbps connectivity. Plenty of oomph for these markets, I think.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:06 pm

New smartphone platform today for the value segment. Intel Atom Z2420 with XMM 6265 (Lexington). China, India, Africa, etc…. are the targets. Atom CPU up to 1.2 GHz.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:05 pm

Now talking benchmarks. Droid Razr i tops all others, including Apple iPhone 5, for Google Octane test. Battery life: Quoting The Verge, showing the battery life on Razr i runs longer than Qualcomm version.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:04 pm

7 phones run on Intel now, optimized to run Android apps. These are all based on the Intel reference designs and working devices, making it easy for OEM partners. “We worked very closely with Google,” says Mike.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:02 pm

A consistent archticture acorss the platform, says Mike. “Intel Architecture Across Computing” Phones first on the docket.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:02 pm

Lots of features on the screen, but many we heard last year: touch, facial recognition, etc….
Mike Bell, GM of Mobile & Communications is on stage.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:01 pm

Interesting. Video is about the “forward pass” in old time American football. A “game changer”, just like these new devices they’re about to show?

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 20131:00 pm

A wide stage filled with 2 dozen laptops and tablets, plus a number of smartphones, are on display. Lights are going down now to show a film.

Kevin C. Tofel January 7, 201312:59 pm

I’d guess about 2,000 people are here for the event. The line was long, however, and not everyone made it.

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