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IoT Enhanced Processors Increase Performance, AI, & Security

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Today at the Intel Industrial Summit 2020, Intel announced new enhanced internet of things (IoT) capabilities. The 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors,Intel® Atom® x6000E Series and Intel Pentium® and Celeron® N and J Series, bring new artificial intelligence (AI), security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers. With a robust hardware and software portfolio, an unparalleled ecosystem and 15,000 customer deployments globally, Intel is providing robust solutions for the $65 billion edge silicon market opportunity by 2024.

“By 2023, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge[1]. 11thGen Intel Core Processors, Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors represent our most significant step forward yet in enhancements for IoT, bringing features that address our customers’ current needs, while setting the foundation for capabilities with advancements in AI and 5G.” — John Healy, Intel vice president in the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Platform Management and Customer Engineering

Why it Matters

Intel works closely with customers to build proof of concepts, optimize solutions and collect feedback along the way. Innovations delivered with 11thGen Intel Core Processors, Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors are a response to challenges felt across the IoT industry: edge complexity, total cost of ownership (TCO) and a range of environmental conditions.

Combining a common and seamless developer experience with software and tools like the Edge Software Hub’s Edge Insights for Industrialand the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, Intel helps customers and developers get to market faster and deliver more powerful outcomes with optimized, containerized packages to enable sensing, vision, automation and other transformative edge applications. For example, the combination of 11thGen’s SuperFin process improvements, other architectural enhancements and OpenVINO software toolkit optimizations delivers up to 50% faster inferences per second than the previous 8thGen processor using CPU mode or up to 90% faster using its integrated GPU-accelerated mode.

11thGen Core

Building on the recently announced client processors, 11thGen Core is enhanced specifically for essential IoT applications that require high-speed processing, computer vision and low latency deterministic computing. They bring up to 23% performance gain in single-thread performance, 19% gain in multi-thread performance and up to 2.95x performance gain in graphics gen on gen[2]. New dual video decode boxes allow the processor to ingest up to 40 simultaneous video streams at 1080p 30 frames per second and output up to four channels of 4K or two channels of 8K video. AI inferencing algorithms can run on up to 96 graphic execution units (INT8) or run on the CPU with VNNI built in. With Intel Time Coordinated Computing and Time Sensitive Networking technologies, these processors enable real-time computing demands while delivering deterministic performance across a variety of use cases:

  • Industrial sector: Mission-critical control systems (PLC, robotics, etc.), industrial PCs and human-machine interfaces.
  • Retail, banking and hospitality: Intelligent, immersive digital signage, interactive kiosks and automated checkout.
  • Healthcare:Next-generation medical imaging devices with high-resolution displays and AI-powered diagnostics.
  • Smart city: Smart network video recorders with onboard AI inferencing and analytics.

Intel’s 11thGen already has over 90 partners committed to delivering solutions to meet customers’ demands.

About Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series

These represent Intel’s first processor platform enhanced for IoT. They deliver enhanced real-time performance and efficiency, up to 2x better 3D graphics[3], a dedicated real-time offload engine, the Intel® Programmable Services Engine, which supports out-of-band and in-band remote device management, enhanced I/O and storage options and  integrated 2.5GbE time sensitive networking (TSN). They can support 4Kp60 resolution on up to three simultaneous displays, meet strict functional safety requirements with the Intel® Safety Island and include built-in hardware-based security. These processors[4]have a variety of use cases, including:

  • Industrial:Real-time control systems and devices that meet functional safety requirements for industrial robots and for chemical, oil field and energy grid control applications.
  • Transportation:Vehicle controls, fleet monitoring and management systems that synchronize inputs from multiple sensors and direct actions in semiautonomous buses, trains, ships and trucks.
  • Healthcare: Medical displays, carts, service robots, entry-level ultrasound machines, gateways and kiosks that require AI and computer vision with reduced energy consumption.
  • Retail and Hospitality:Fixed and mobile point of sale systems for retail and quick service restaurant with high-resolution graphics.

Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series already have over 100 partners committed to delivering solutions.

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