FEV autonomous vehicle makes U.S. debut at CES 2018

The FEV Smart Vehicle targets SAE Level 5 automated driving, as adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. FEV has been developing the technologies independently, and has now integrated them into the demonstrator vehicle. Extensive use of sensors and interfaces, including radar, GPS, differential GPS, multiple cameras, and LIDAR, allow the vehicle to travel safely without a driver on a designated roadway, reacting to its environment due to the fusion of sensor information. The interfaces themselves were developed to be standard, and thus, modular, with the ability to be swapped out.

Vehicle driving commands are managed through FEV-developed algorithms comprising three main parts: perception, planning, and decision/action. The vehicle is equipped with two types of embedded controller hardware, allowing for the testing of varying control algorithms.

Communication between the vehicle and its environment, an essential capability, is enabled through vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connections. The FEV-developed intelligent connection unit (iCU) is based on a microserver architecture able to process data and information from a wide variety of inputs. The architecture will also allow for the integration of 5G standards when available.

As with any autonomous vehicle project, cyber security is a primary objective. FEV has been a leader in the development of cyber security technology, specifically its Cyber Security Gateway (CSG). The CSG is linked to the communications bus to detect and prevent malicious attacks, and can also function as a firewall between the external interfaces such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular, and OBDII port and the vehicle bus, to protect the vehicle from these potential cyber security threat entry points.

Finally, the FEV Smart Vehicle will serve as a benchmarking tool for FEV as it relates to the integrated components. With a long history, and arguably the largest automotive benchmarking database in the world, FEV will be able to assist its customers in making the best decisions regarding autonomous vehicle technology and development.

About FEV Group
The FEV Group is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supports the global transportation industry.  FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. 

The company has expanded its engineering capabilities to include full vehicle systems and now offers broad expertise in electronics, E-Mobility, and Smart Vehicle (infotainment, telematics, ADAS, and Autonomous Driving) engineering. The FEV Testing Solutions division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment.  The FEV Group employs a staff of over 4,600 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents.  FEV North America, Inc. employs over 450 personnel in its North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI. For more information, visit www.fev.com.

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Five 2018 Predictions — on GDPR, Robot Cars, AI, 5G and Blockchain

Predictions are like buses, none for ages and then several come along at once. Also like buses, they are slower than you would like and only take you part of the way. Also like buses, they are brightly coloured and full of chatter that you would rather not have in your morning commute. They are sometimes cold, and may have the remains of somebody else’s take-out happy meal in the corner of the seat. Also like buses, they are an analogy that should not be taken too far, less they lose the point. Like buses.

With this in mind, here’s my technology predictions for 2018. I’ve been very lucky to work across a number of verticals over the past couple of years, including public and private transport, retail, finance, government and healthcare — while I can’t name check every project, I’m nonetheless grateful for the experience and knowledge this has brought, which I feed into the below. I’d also like to thank my podcaster co-host Simon Townsend for allowing me to test many of these ideas.

Finally, one prediction I can’t make is whether this list will cause any feedback or debate — nonetheless, I would welcome any comments you might have, and I will endeavour to address them.

1. GDPR will be a costly, inadequate mess

Don’t get me wrong, GDPR is a really good idea. As a lawyer said to me a couple of weeks ago, it is a combination of the the UK data protection act, plus the best practices that have evolved around it, now put into law at a European level with a large fine associated. The regulations are also likely to become the basis for other countries — if you are going to trade with Europe, you might as well set it as the baseline, goes the thinking. All well and good so far.

Meanwhile, it’s an incredible, expensive (and necessary, if you’re a consumer that cares about your data rights) mountain to climb for any organisation that processes or stores your data. The deadline for compliance is May 25th, which is about as likely to be hit as I am going to finally get myself the 6-pack I wanted when I was 25.

No doubt GDPR will one day be achieved, but the fact is that it is already out of date. Notions of data aggregation and potentially toxic combinations (for example, combining credit and social records to show whether or not someone is eligible for insurance) are not just likely, but unavoidable: ‘compliant’ organisations will still be in no better place to protect the interests of their customers than currently.

The challenges, risks and sheer inadequacy of GDPR can be summed up by a single tweet sent by otherwise unknown traveller — “If anyone has a boyfriend called Ben on the Bournemouth – Manchester train right now, he’s just told his friends he’s cheating on you. Dump his ass x.” Whoever sender “@emilyshepss” or indeed, “Ben” might be, the consequences to the privacy of either cannot be handled by any data legislation currently in force.

2. Artificial Intelligence will create silos of smartness

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a logical consequence of how we apply algorithms to data. It’s as inevitable as maths, as the ability our own brains have to evaluate and draw conclusions. It’s also subject to a great deal of hype and speculation, much of which tends to follow that old, flawed futurist assumption: that a current trend maps a linear course leading to an inevitable conclusion. But the future is not linear. Technological matters are subject to the laws of unintended consequences and of unexpected complexity: that is, the future does not follow a linear path, and every time we create something new, it causes new situations which are beyond its ability to deal with.

So, yes, what we call AI will change (and already is changing) the world. Moore’s, and associated laws are making previously impossible computations now possible, and indeed, they will become the expectation. Machine learning systems are fundamental to the idea of self-driving cars, for example; meanwhile voice, image recognition and so on are having their day. However these are still a long way from any notion of intelligence, artificial or otherwise.

So, yes, absolutely look at how algorithms can deliver real-time analysis, self-learning rules and so on. But look beyond the AI label, at what a product or service can actually do. You can read Gigaom’s research report on where AI can make a difference to the enterprise, here.

In most cases, there will be a question of scope: a system that can save you money on heating by ‘learning’ the nature of your home or data centre, has got to be a good thing for example. Over time we shall see these create new types of complexity, as we look to integrate individual silos of smartness (and their massive data sets) — my prediction is that such integration work will keep us busy for the next year or so, even as learning systems continue to evolve.

3. 5G will become just another expectation

Strip away the techno-babble around 5G and we have a very fast wireless networking protocol designed to handle many more devices than currently — it does this, in principle, by operating at higher frequencies, across shorter distances than current mobile masts (so we’ll need more of them, albeit in smaller boxes). Nobody quite knows how the global roll-out of 5G will take place — questions like who should pay for it will pervade, even though things are clearer than they were. And so on and so on.

But when all’s said and done, it will set the baseline for whatever people use it for, i.e. everything they possibly can. Think 4K video calls, in fact 4K everything, and it’s already not hard to see how anything less than 5G will come as a disappointment. Meanwhile every device under the sun will be looking to connect to every other, exchanging as much data as it possibly can. The technology world is a strange one, with massive expectations being imposed on each layer of the stack without any real sense of needing to take responsibility.

We’ve seen it before. The inefficient software practices of 1990’s Microsoft drove the need for processor upgrades and led Intel to a healthy profit, illustrating the vested interests of the industry to make the networking and hardware platforms faster and better. We all gain as a result, if ‘gain’ can be measured in terms of being able to see your gran in high definition on a wall screen from the other side of the world. But after the hype, 5G will become just another standard release, a way marker on the road to techno-utopia.

On the upside, it may lead to a simpler networking infrastructure. More of a hope than a prediction would be the general adoption of some kind of mesh integration between Wifi and 5G, taking away the handoff pain for both people, and devices, that move around. There will always be a place for multiple standards (such as the energy-efficient Zigbee for IoT) but 5G’s physical architecture, coupled with software standards like NFV, may offer a better starting point than the current, proprietary-mast-based model.

4. Attitudes to autonomous vehicles will normalize

The good news is, car manufacturers saw this coming. They are already planning for that inevitable moment, when public perception goes from, “Who’d want robot cars?” to “Why would I want to own a car?” It’s a familiar phenomenon, an almost 1984-level of doublethink where people go from one mindset to another seemingly overnight, without noticing and in some cases, seemingly disparaging the characters they once were.  We saw it with personal computers, with mobile phones, with flat screen TVs — in the latter case, the the world went from “nah, thats never going to happen” to recycling sites being inundated with perfectly usable screens (and a wave of people getting huge cast-off tellies).

And so, we will see over the next year or so, self-driving vehicles hit our roads. What drives this phenomenon is simple: we know, deep down, that robot cars are safer — not because they are inevitably, inherently safe, but because human drivers are inevitably, inherently dangerous. And autonomous vehicles will get safer still. And are able to pick us up at 3 in the morning and take us home.

The consequences will be fascinating to watch. First that attention will increasingly turn to brands — after all, if you are going to go for a drive, you might as well do so in comfort, right? We can also expect to see a far more varied range of wheeled transport (and otherwise — what’s wrong with the notion of flying unicorn deliveries?) — indeed, with hybrid forms, the very notion of roads is called into question.

There will be data, privacy, security and safety ramifications that need to be dealt with — consider the current ethical debate between leaving young people without taxis late at night, versus the possible consequences of sharing a robot Uber with a potential molester. And I must recall a very interesting conversation with my son, about who would get third or fourth dibs at the autonomous vehicle ferrying drunken revellers (who are not always the cleanliest of souls) to their beds.

Above all, business models will move from physical to virtual, from products to services. The industry knows this, variously calling vehicles ‘tin boxes on wheels’ while investing in car sharing, delivery and other service-based models. Of course (as Apple and others have shown), good engineering continues to command a premium even in the service-based economy: competition will come from Tesla as much as Uber, or whatever replaces its self-sabotaging approach to world domination.

Such changes will take time but in the short term, we can fully expect a mindset shift from the general populace.

5. When Bitcoins collapse, blockchains will pervade

The concept that “money doesn’t actually exist” can be difficult to get across, particularly as it makes such a difference to the lives of, well, everybody. Money can buy health, comfort and a good meal; it can also deliver representations of wealth, from high street bling to mediterranean gin palaces. Of course money exists, I’m holding some in my hand, says anyone who wants to argue against the point.

Yet, still, it doesn’t. It is a mathematical construct originally construed to simplify the exchange of value, to offer persistence to an otherwise transitory notion. From a situation where you’d have to prove whether you gave the chap some fish before he’d give you that wood he offered, you can just take the cash and buy wood wherever you choose. It’s not an accident of speech that pond notes still say, “I promise to pay the bearer on demand…”

While original currencies may have been teeth or shells (happy days if you happened to live near a beach), they moved to metals in order to bring some stability in a rather dodgy market. Forgery remains an enormous problem in part because we maintain a belief that money exists, even though it doesn’t. That dodgy-looking coin still spends, once it is part of the system.

And so to the inexorable rise of Bitcoin, which has emerged from nowhere to become a global currency — in much the same way as the dodgy coin, it is accepted simply because people agree to use it in a transaction. Bitcoin has a chequered reputation, probably unfairly given that our traditional dollars and cents are just as likely to be used for gun-running or drug dealing as any virtual dosh. It’s also a bubble that looks highly likely to burst, and soon — no doubt some pundits will take that as a proof point of the demise of cryptocurrency.

Their certainty may be premature. Not only will Bitcoin itself pervade (albeit at a lower valuation), but the genie is already out of the bottle as banks and others experiment with the economic models made possible by “distributed ledger” architectures such as The Blockchain, i.e. the one supporting Bitcoin. Such models are a work in progress: the idea that a single such ledger can manage all the transactions in the world (financial and otherwise) is clearly flawed.

But blockchains, in general, hold a key as they deal with that single most important reason why currency existed in the first place — to prove a promise. This principle holds in areas way beyond money, or indeed, value exchange — food and pharmaceutical, art and music can all benefit from knowing what was agreed or planned, and how it took place. Architectures will evolve (for example with sidechains) but the blockchain principle can apply wherever the risk of fraud could also exist, which is just about everywhere.

6. The world will keep on turning

There we have it. I could have added other things — for example, there’s a high chance that we will see another major security breach and/or leak; augmented reality will have a stab at the mainstream; and so on. I’d also love to see a return to data and facts on the world’s political stage, rather than the current tub-thumping and playing fast and loose with the truth. I’m keen to see breakthroughs in healthcare from IoT, I also expect some major use of technology that hadn’t been considered arrive, enter the mainstream and become the norm — if I knew what it was, I’d be a very rich man. Even if money doesn’t exist.

Truth is, and despite the daily dose of disappointment that comes with reading the news, these are exciting times to be alive. 2018 promises to be a year as full of innovation as previous years, with all the blessings and curses that it brings. As Isaac Asimov once wrote, “An atom-blaster is a good weapon, but it can point both ways.”

On that, and with all it brings, it only remains to wish the best of the season, and of 2018 to you and yours. All the best!


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Gary Shapiro interview: CES 2018 will have 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet

Gary Shapiro is the showman of the greatest technology show on Earth. As the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), he presides over CES, commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2018 is just around the corner, running from early press events starting on January 7 through January 12.

The big tech trade show drew 184,498 people earlier this year, and Shapiro is planning for another record-breaking event in January. The show will likely have more than 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, though final numbers will be out later. I talked to Shapiro in our annual ritual, getting a preview of the event that sets the tone for the tech industry for the coming year.

More startups will be coming this year to the Eureka Park section of the event, which will have 800 companies compared to 600 a year ago. At least 118 government leaders will be there, and many of them will be engaging on the topic of net neutrality, which the FCC is in the midst of dismantling. I’ll be among the 7,000-plus media at the event.

Some facts about the show: The drone section of the show floor will have 47 exhibitors, up 15 percent from last year, across 38,550 square feet, down 1 percent. The robotics section will have 35 exhibitors, up 30 percent, across 21,500 square feet, up 68 percent.

Augmented reality will have 24 exhibitors, up 20 percent, across 10,900 square feet, up 30.5 percent. Gaming and virtual reality will have 46 exhibitors, down 36 percent from 72 last year, across 37,500 square feet, up 26 percent.

Here’s an edited transcript of our interview. And here’s my take on last year’s show and my recommendations for newcomers.

Above: Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association.

Image Credit: CTA

VB: What’s your take on the show and what it’s going to be like?

Gary Shapiro: Well, I don’t want to sound repetitive from prior years, but the truth is CES will be a record setter. It’s clearly become a global stage for innovation. Last week, we determined that our footprint for 2018 is now larger than the footprint for 2017. We do estimates in terms of the number of attendees and things like that, but we really don’t know until after the show’s over, and we have an audit done independently. But in terms of footprint, we’ll be bigger. Last year, we were about 2.6 million net square feet. This year, we just surpassed 2.6 million net square feet. It will be bigger. The official stat is more than 2.6 million.

We’re projecting 4,000 exhibitors, and we were just about 4,000 last year, but because there’s aggregators and a lot of last-minute things, we don’t really have good final numbers. It’ll be comparable to last year. But in terms of size — we’re different from Europe, where they count up everything. We just count up actual sold space. Europe counts vertically while even if you have a three-story exhibit, we just count your footprint. So, we’re bigger.

We don’t know if we’ll have more international people or not because we’re keeping an eye on the fact that — the first six months of the year, international visits to the U.S. have gone down pretty significantly, especially business visitors, which are down about 10 percent. One-third of all the people came from outside last year. We’ll have more than 100 foreign delegations. We’re expecting ministers from France, the Netherlands, Mexico. We have major brands attending the show, 76 percent of the Fortune 100 and 93 percent of the Interbrand 100.

Above: Nissan’s autonomous concept car featured at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.

Image Credit: Ken Yeung/VentureBeat

VB: How about the startups?

Shapiro: Eureka Park, one of my favorite parts of the show, we’re expecting it to grow from 600 startups in 2017 to 800 in 2018. It’s a buzz area. There’s a lot of countries now participating, 37 countries. Those countries sometimes come with some pretty cool people. France, where we had 5,000 people come from last year, we’ve had a lot of ministers, including Emmanuel Macron in prior years. This year, we’re expecting a lot of very senior government officials from France. We’ll have the prince of the Netherlands, and the Netherlands will have a significant presence in Eureka Park and elsewhere.

We’ll have a lot of government officials, talking about who’s coming. Last year, we had about 55 government officials at this time that we could talk about. Right now, we have 118, including members of Congress, the entire FCC, the FTC, the chairmen and all the commissioners. We have top elected officials from a number of states. We have international officials from several countries — Colombia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Togo, France, and others. People from the White House, the Senate, the House, about every government agency you could name.

There’s increasing focus on life-changing and life-saving innovations. A lot of disruptive technology. A lot of empowerment of elderly people and people with disabilities. A lot of good things. We have a sports zone that’s focused on sports technology, including stadium technology.

VB: What are new categories?

Shapiro: We have a huge focus for the first time on smart cities at CES. If you talk to a number of major companies, they’re very excited about this. We have more than 40 exhibitors and 12,000 square feet showing smart-city stuff. There’ll be conferences, parts of other exhibits talking about this. This is tied to 5G and what we all know is coming. This is an area that’s a first at CES, and when you talk to me a year from now, it’ll be even bigger. Artificial intelligence is very hot throughout the show. We have a discrete area focused on it with 15 companies, including IBM, Baidu, and Yamaha.

For the first time, we’ve tried to make the show so that anyone with an idea can implement the idea through the services and the companies at the show. If you have an idea for a product or an app or anything, we have an area called the Design and Source Marketplace, which will have more than 700 exhibitors. Most of them were exhibitors from other countries where they were offering manufacturing. They’re not pushing brand names. They have the fact that they can make stuff. There’s also designers, product creators, and others. That’ll be in a temporary structure, a very big one.

We have a special high-tech retailing summit. We have a digital money forum. In terms of noteworthy growth, the one that sticks out to me is the vehicle technology. That’s had 23 percent growth in footprint, 19 percent growth in exhibitors, 401 exhibitors there as of today. I was asking our research department if we were a car show, where would we be? We’d be in the top five, I believe, right after the Detroit Auto Show, in terms of size. But that’s not a precise number. And the car shows are public shows. They’re almost exclusively finished product, and we’re the entire ecosystem of products.

We have C Space, which we started a few years ago, and now, it’s become the CMO stopping point. We have content and new platforms and technology meetings. We have 41 exhibitors in 137,000 square feet of space there, with a number of companies doubling their investment. Amazon and eBay are advertising. Google, Hulu, and Spotify are increasing their participation there.

Above: Amazon Echo.

Image Credit: George W. Bailey / Shutterstock

VB: What are the top trends in tech?

Shapiro: In terms of trends, a lot of the talk last year was obviously about Amazon’s Alexa. Now, it’s gone way beyond that to other platforms. Voice and speech recognition is pushing into the mainstream. It’s getting into cars and elsewhere. The accuracy of speech recognition used to be maybe … 80 or 75 percent in the last few years, and now, it’s over 97 percent. It’s going across all devices. This Thanksgiving season, it’s become the fourth sales channel. We have digital assistants like Alexa and Google, that’s how things are changing.

I mentioned 5G. It’s still early, but companies will still be talking about it and showing stuff about what they could do when you have a network that’s five times faster and five times more responsive.

VB: Did anyone try to do a 5G demo at CES? I know they’re doing some for the Olympics.

Shapiro: For this event, I do not know. They’ll be talking about it. Whether they’ll be showing — I’d expressed some skepticism at one of our member meetings in October about whether there would be anything in 5G, and debate broke out between my members. But I just don’t know. I do know that in 2019, there will be a lot, but in terms of what we have in 5G right now, if there is stuff, it’ll be more prototypes, more talking about it and planning for it. I guarantee it’ll be much further advanced in 2019.

I mentioned smart cities. We released research in Europe recently showing that a lot of European cities are ahead of the U.S. in that area. There’s a huge shift in the world where the city is getting bigger. People are moving into the city. Today, more than half the world lives in cities, and soon, that will increase to two-thirds. Fifty years ago, only one-third of the world lived in cities. There’s a lot of changes happening there. That’s where you have 5G, self-driving, and AI meeting.

Voice-assisted smart speakers, a lot of companies there — Panasonic, Sony, Amazon, Google. We expect to see 360-degree room-filling sound, single deployment stereo products, all sorts of stuff. And then, there’s AR and VR. You’ve written a lot about it. It’s growing. Biometrics, there’s a lot there for security and authentication.

VB: Do you have any figures on the AR/VR section and how that’s changed over the years?

Shapiro: We are up. We have 23 exhibitors, 11,000 square feet, up five percent. That’s all just AR, not VR. I can follow up with specific numbers for VR. We’re also up in the smart-home marketplace, up 30 percent, with 189 exhibitors and 123,000 square feet. We’re up in the robotics marketplace, which I think is going to keep growing and growing, up six percent there. There’s huge growth, obviously, in gaming, all the accessories connected to it.

The one that was interesting this year at our board meeting, with board members giving their personal experiences with major retailers around the country, was AR and VR and all the accessories that go with it, and the high-end computers that are being sold. That was pretty big. That’s a huge trend, obviously.

Above: Supporters of net neutrality protest the FCC’s recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017.

Image Credit: REUTERS/ Kyle Grillot

VB: What are some of the issues you see this year at the forefront?

Shapiro: We have a whole policy track. Last year, it was standing-room only. When we had our debriefing after the show, I said, “Wow. I remember I used to do that, and we’d have more members of Congress than we had people in the room.” Maybe it’s because of the election last year, but people were really focused on it.

We have a huge number of people coming that want to speak and a lot of issues. Cybersecurity we’ll have a focus on. Some of it is category specific — like self-driving cars, where we have a lot of senior people coming from the Department of Transportation. We have Lyft speaking, Ford speaking in visible positions. We’ll have panel sessions. There’s legislation before Congress right now on self-driving. It’s bipartisan, which is why you don’t hear a lot about it. But it’s moving.

Net neutrality will be a big issue. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a speaker at an event I was at last week, and there was a huge amount of security. It’s a very emotional issue. It’s an issue that the CTA — I wouldn’t say we have not engaged on it, but we’ve made the argument that competition in broadband would be really important. The other area which is important, we’ll be releasing, as the CTA, the Innovation Scorecard on a global basis. We’re ranking different countries. Not all countries, but the countries for which we have data available.

VB: Going back to net neutrality, I guess it’s safe to say it’s a much more emotional topic this year than a year ago.

Shapiro: It’s emotional because a lot’s going to happen in the next couple of weeks. Last year, it was a done deal and people were just — I don’t know if we had a panel on it. The year before, when the Obama administration changed the voluntary adherence to net neutrality principles, it became a big deal. Now, obviously, the Republicans are going the other way. It’s an interesting dynamic because on the one hand, it’s a Republican position, but it’s changed since the last debate.

It used to be that people would say the tech industry thinks net neutrality is critical, and now — we had a meeting of our carmakers last week, and they think the use of Title II for net neutrality is of great concern because it does say no prioritization. It regulates anything that hooks up to the internet. A car hooks up to the internet now. That’s what’s changed in a few years. If you have the task of regulating that, how can you say there shouldn’t be prioritization when it comes to safety? That’s a compelling argument, if that’s the basis of your self-driving car, its access to the internet.

Some of the arguments have changed, and some of the players have shifted. It’s become more of a populist issue. I don’t think the tech industry is that pure. From our point of view at the CTA, I can say that Title II is definitely not our preferred course for net neutrality. I worked on the principles 15 or 20 years ago, walked in the FCC, and was so happy that everyone accepted these as voluntary principles. I think we’ve been phenomenally successful since then. I begged the chairman of the FCC not to go forward. We have embraced what we call “regulatory humility.” The person who coined that phrase will be at CES, the acting head of the FTC, Maureen Ohlhausen. Don’t mess it up by trying to anticipate the flow of innovation and technology. Let’s show some humility. Government has an important role to regulate, but let’s make sure there’s actual harm.

Intel shines up low-powered PCs for 2018 using its Pentium, Celeron CPUs

After rebranding its seventh-generation Pentium processors as “Pentium Gold” in October, Intel is now delivering new post-Atom Pentium Silver and Celeron “Gemini Lake” chips to the PC market. They are based on Intel’s Goldmont Plus processor core architecture designed for maximum power performance using the lowest amount of energy possible, aka Ultra Low Power, extending battery life. These chips will be used in tablets, ultra-slim notebooks, all-in-ones, 2-in-1 devices, and entry-level PCs early in 2018.

That said, you can get an idea of what Intel is doing by adding color to the Pentium branding: Painting chips based on its performance architecture with gold, and using silver for its “cost-optimized” low-power models. Either way, Pentiums (and Celerons) won’t reach into Core-branded performance numbers, but at least now you can get a feel for what the Pentium processors bring to the table.

First, here are the new desktop chips:

Pentium Silver J500S Celeron J4105 Celeron J4005
Process node: 14nm 14nm 14nm
Cores: 4 4 2
Threads: 4 4 2
Base speed: 1.50GHz 1.50GHz 2.00GHz
Maximum speed: 2.80GHz 2.50GHz 2.70GHz
Cache: 4MB 4MB 4MB
Graphics: UHD Graphics 605 UHD Graphics 600 UHD Graphics 600
Min Graphics speed: 250MHz 250MHz 250MHz
Max graphics speed: 800MHz 750MHz 700MHz
Power use: 10 watts 10 watts 10 watts
Memory type support: DDR4 2,400MHz
LPDDR4 2,400MHz
DDR4 2,400MHz
LPDDR4 2,400MHz
DDR4 2,400MHz
LPDDR4 2,400MHz
Max memory support: 8GB (4GB x 2) 8GB (4GB x 2) 8GB (4GB x 2)

Now here are Intel’s three new mobile chips:

Pentium Silver N5000 Celeron N4100 Celeron N4000
Process node: 14nm 14nm 14nm
Cores: 4 4 2
Threads: 4 4 2
Base speed: 1.10GHz 1.10GHz 1.10GHz
Maximum speed: 2.70GHz 2.40GHz 2.60GHz
Cache: 4MB 4MB 4MB
Graphics: UHD Graphics 605 UHD Graphics 600 UHD Graphics 600
Min Graphics speed: 200MHz 200MHz 200MHz
Max graphics speed: 750MHz 700MHz 650MHz
Power use: 6 watts 6 watts 6 watts
Memory type support: DDR4 2,400MHz
LPDDR4 2,400MHz
DDR4 2,400MHz
LPDDR4 2,400MHz
DDR4 2,400MHz
LPDDR4 2,400MHz
Max memory support: 8GB (4GB x 2) 8GB (4GB x 2) 8GB (4GB x 2)

Intel indicates that systems built with all six processors will ship with an Intel Wireless AC component supporting 160MHz channels, which results in theoretical wireless speeds of up to 1,733Mbps. That will be accomplished through the “industry standard” two incoming and two outgoing streams, although, in the real world, you will likely not hit that wireless gigabit ceiling, nor will the connection surpass wired gigabit-capable networking. Regardless, the chips will supposedly bring Intel’s Wireless AC networking to low-power devices, and that is what counts.

The six new chips will also bring Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement technology to the “value” space. This feature will adjust the screen’s contrast and brightness so you can better view your favorite content outdoors, even on a brightly lit sunny day. They ship with hardware-based security features too including Secure Key for better encryption, and Intel Software Guard Extensions.

Intel didn’t say when the six new processors will be sold as stand-alone chips, but devices manufactured by original equipment manufactuers will appear in the first quarter of 2018. We may even get a glimpse of these devices at the CES 2018 technology show in early January.

Honda’s New 3E Robotics Concept Coming to 2018 CES

Skynet is coming! Sure, now it’s all fun and games with robots jumping around in the forest or being the Grand Marshall of the Indy 500, but one of these days, these bots are going to wind up scheming plans of their own. Before you go putting on your tinfoil hat and locking yourself up in a basement full of ammo, we can still giggle at the novelty of autonomous vacuum cleaners. Honda’s got a few new bots for us to smile about as its bringing four new bots to the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. 

Honda calls it the 3E Robotics Concept. The three E’s are empower, experience, and empathy. The bots are going to show off advanced technology engineered to promote mobility. Honda is going to unveil the four machines at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. These new bits of equipment include a companion bot that can show compassion to humans with different facial expressions, a chair-type mobility concept for casual use indoors or out, a small mobility concept with cargo space, and an autonomous off-road vehicle. All of these are designed to make peoples’ lives better.

These are some genuinely cool new innovations here. I’m sure most of us would like our luggage to follow us through the airport without having to lug it along and a chair-type mobility unit that you don’t need ramps to navigate with would certainly help in a lot of cases.