While he couldn't get into specifics, Bryant said we can expect an even more impressive chip announcement than last year's 18-core. That processor was a beast meant for "Mega Taskers," people who need to juggle things like media encoding, streaming, and playing games simultaneously. It's hard to conceive of who would need even more cores today.
It's not surprising to hear Intel wants to focus on 5G this year, since we can expect carriers to start rolling out their next-generation networks in 2019. The company plans to show off several computers with 5G integrated, which will not only offer faster bandwidth, but significantly lower latency than 4G LTE. It's exactly what the "Always Connected" program needs to succeed. Bryant wouldn't say how, exactly, Intel would help improve battery life in future PCs, but he hinted that it involves working closely with some key partners.
As for new form factors, we can expect to see convertibles and 2-in-1s get even thinner and more powerful over the next few years. But that also lays the groundwork for things we haven't even thought of yet. Imagine an all-in-one that goes a step beyond the Surface Studio's screen tilting, or a journal-sized PC with a foldable screen. Bryant isn't just expecting gimmicks -- instead, these designs will adapt to users in ways current computers can't.
While every company is trying to shove "AI" into their product descriptions these days, Bryant aims to show off one way the technology could be implemented in a PC during his keynote: By playing imaginary drums. To be clear, he'll be relying on a computer equipped with Intel's Movidius Visual Processing Unite (VPU), which will track his hand and feet in real-time to accurately mimic playing a drum set. He's aiming for it to be a fun demonstration of what's possible with powerful computer vision technology.
Given that Intel spent CES under the cloud of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities, it makes sense for the company to highlight the possibilities of its technology at Computex. Bryant notes that security is still a major focus for Intel. Just a few weeks ago, the company, along with Microsoft and Google, announced a fourth Spectre vulnerability. That followed the expansion of the company's bug bounty problem to help find potential issues. "We're working with all of our partners, direct customers and the broader ecosystem for ongoing product assurance," he said.
Rebranding is hard, especially if you're trying to sell the idea of a "personal contribution platform." But despite the clunky name, what's important is that Intel is actually thinking about what a "PC" actually is. And looking ahead, it could be much more than just another thin laptop.
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Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Intel's 18-core Threadripper. Threadripper is actually a product of AMD.