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IDF 2014 – Edison, Skylake and Cancer research

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This week, San Francisco is once again home for the Intel Developer Forum and Lab501 is reporting live and will bring you the hottest news and trends. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich opened the show through the traditional keynote, showing the direction in which Intel efforts are focusing through the following years.

IDF 2014 is focused on developers and on what they can accomplish using the latest Intel Open Source platforms: Galileo and the recently introduced Edison. Encouraging these ‘Makers’ – as Intel calls them – will bring on the market lots of new and interesting smart devices. Of course, this whole movement is part of a bigger plan which you may know as IoT or Internet of Things. This will enable us a future where everything is connected, we use wearables, the cars drive by their own and Intel is hoping that every device will be “Intel Inside”.

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Brian showed two examples of products that we will see more in the future: the SMSAudio BIOSport headphones that can also monitor your heart rate and the fashion smart bracelet called MICA. The bracelet will have a price between $500 and $1000 incorporating also 3G connectivity for data and voice operation. So now you can leave your phone at home when you are dressed with that fancy bandage dress :).

Next topic of the day brings us to big data and what we can realize with all the performance that actual data centers offer combined with cloud storage. Well, for example using advanced analytic tools we can analyze data taken from multiple sensors applied on Parkinson patients. This way we can find out more about this disease and how we can treat it.

A subject which also boosts high interest is applying genome analytics for cancer research. By 2020, Intel plans to sequence whole genome, identify cancer causing genes and prescribe precision medicine… all this in one day! Pretty spectacular, isn’t it? It’s good to see technology finally put at work for a good cause.

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The next topic is for us, geeks, because the 14nm technology is up and running. The first Broadwell based CPU, Intel Core m, launched last week at IFA in Berlin and it’s pretty spectacular if I can say, but we will talk more about this in a separate article. Also the mobile and desktop parts are in production and they will arrive on the shelves early next year.

Skylake, the successor for Broadwell is also on track for the second half of 2015 and to support that we had on the stage two Skylake systems running. One interesting unofficial info is that Skylake will revert to traditional VRM’s, ditching the on-die voltage regulator module present in Haswell and Broadwell.

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In the mobile segment Intel has a new partner, Samsung, which is the only manufacturers at the moment that includes the new XMM 7260 LTE Advanced modem in their recently announced Galaxy Alpha.

Intel is also pushing forward the rezence alliance for wireless power which will become a standard in the next generation for mobile products from Intel, sometime next year. So, be prepare to get rid of all your wires… I know I am!

Although it’s based on Baytrail CPU design and not the new Core m, Dell Venue 8 7000 series is a surprisingly tablet, boasting an Ultra HD 8.4″ OLED display, edge-to-edge screen at just 6mm thickness. The real new thing here is the Intel RealSense camera technology which uses 3 camera system on the back for depth information. This enables many usability scenarios such as on-the-fly measurements of objects and floating focus point.

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