Intel CEO Details Patch Plans for Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws

Doug Carpenter
January 13, 2018

That's according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, speaking at a Monday night keynote to kick off the CES industry conference in Las Vegas.

The Intel chief spent less than two minutes talking about the company's security problems; his keynote (watch video below from about 58:00 onwards) was preceded by about 16 minutes of music.

"The collaboration of so many companies (to mitigate the threat) is truly remarkable", Krzanich said. He didn't say what Intel's long-term plan was for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, or even say if there was such a plan.

"Security is job number one for Intel and our industry, so the primary focus of our decisions and discussions have been to keep our customer's data safe".

Intel also unveiled its new generation of Wifi chips that enable surfing at 40 percent higher speeds.

Its chip-making rival Nvidia had boasted earlier in the week that it was working with more than 320 partners on self-drive vehicles, including Uber and VW. Not surprisingly, Intel's goal is to tap into and harness the applications that require the most data, and thus generate the most demand for its chips.

The technology was originally used to capture and deliver high-definition 3D content from sporting events.

"We are still discovering new ways to apply the power of AI and data", Krzanich said.

The push for new capabilities like quantum computing and neuromorphic processors-which are being created to mimic the way the human brain gathers and processes data-is being accelerated with the rise of such emerging technologies as AI, machine learning, data analytics and virtual reality, and the rapid growth in the amount of structured and unstructured data being generated.

Intel will branch out soon. He touted the company's Intel True View product, which he says the National Football League is already using to enhance the viewer experience.

The pictures above showcase Intel's recent efforts, starting with a 7 Qubit prototype, then a 17 Qubit prototype and finally, the current 49-qubit prototype. It's Intel's first foray into the AI chip arena. On Sunday Intel released detailed descriptions of the Kaby Lake-G chips, Core chips that include a semi-custom Radeon Vega part from supposed rival AMD. The past week has been the most discordant for Intel in a while, but data-only band Algorithm helped them chipmaker start-off with all the right notes at the world's largest tech show.

In his keynote, Krzanich predicted that quantum computing will solve problems that today might take our best supercomputers months or years to resolve, such as drug development, financial modeling and climate forecasting.

The unlimited resource, as Krzanich called data, will impact society much the way the invention of the combustible engine and computer did in previous centuries.

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