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Intel Announces Four New Processor Families at CES 2021



In a world where computing is pervasive and intelligence is distributed across every surface – from the cloud to the network to the intelligent edge – Intel highlighted at CES 2021 how it is driving technology leadership to define the future of computing for people, business and society.

To help people navigate through this extraordinary time, Intel introduced new processors for business, education, mobile and gaming computing platforms – all designed to offer the premium PC experiences people deserve, with the most choices and no limits.

For business, Intel introduced the 11th Gen Intel vPro platform, an unrivaled business platform delivering the industry’s highest performance and world’s most comprehensive hardware-based security. The new 11th Gen Intel Core vPro processors unveiled today are based on the world’s best business processor for thin-and-light laptops2 and, when combined with the new Intel Core vPro platform, offer:

Intel Hardware Shield, providing the world’s most comprehensive security deep in hardware for business and the industry’s first silicon-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) threat detection to help stop ransomware and crypto-mining attacks. It is also equipped with Intel Control Flow Enforcement Technology, ground-breaking technology to help shut down an entire class of attacks that long evaded software-only solutions.

Intel 10-nanometer (nm) SuperFin technology, delivering industry-leading performance, Intel® Iris® Xe graphics and the world’s biggest Wi-Fi improvement in 20 years – with integrated Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E (Gig+) that enables up to six times faster uploads and downloads in the office and nearly three times faster speeds at home versus standard Wi-Fi 55.

Eight times better AI performance, enabling businesses new compute power to keep pace with the fast-changing software ecosystem, and up to 2.3 times faster creation and video editing compared to the previous generation.

Up to 23% faster productivity than the competition when using apps like Office 365 and the best business collaboration experience, enabling more than 50% faster office productivity compared to the competition while on a video conference call.

Intel also launched the Intel® Evo™ vPro® platform, the best laptop experience for business users Laptop designs verified on the Intel Evo vPro platform are stylish, thin and light and provide an amazing immersive visual experience. They also offer remarkable responsiveness, instant wake and real-world battery life. More than 60 new laptops from top manufacturers will be available this year, combining the security and manageability of vPro and the amazing on-the-go experiences of Intel Evo. Additionally, Intel announced Intel Evo Chromebooks, enabling a new class of premium Chromebooks.

New Processors and Partnerships for Best Education Platform

Use of the PC as an essential education tool has accelerated greatly worldwide over the past year. To meet the growing needs of students, Intel introduced new N-series Intel® Pentium Silver and Celeron processors with an unmatched balance of performance, media and collaboration for education systems. The processors are designed on Intel’s 10nm architecture, delivering up to 35% better overall application performance and up to 78% better graphics performance gen on gen. This enables smooth application performance and browsing while multitasking, plus advanced camera and connectivity features for an enriched video conferencing and viewing experience.

As critical as advancing technology for meeting students’ evolving needs is putting laptops in their hands. Even with accelerated adoption, up to 30% of U.S. school children still lack internet or laptops for learning, and the pandemic has only exacerbated those requirements. During the last 15 years, Intel has invested more than $1 billion globally in education, including training for more than 15 million teachers. Last April, Intel launched the Online Learning Initiative and has provided hundreds of thousands of devices, as well as connectivity and resources, to students worldwide. Intel will continue these efforts in 2021 along with partners from inside and outside the technology industry.

New Line of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series Mobile Processors for the Best Gaming Platforms

Intel launched a new line of 11th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors for gaming that extends the 11th Gen mobile family of products and pushes the limits of what’s possible for enthusiast-level gaming in laptops as thin as 16 millimeters. Led by the Intel® Core™ i7 Special Edition 4-core processor with up to 5 gigahertz (GHz) Turbo, these H35 processors are specifically targeted for ultraportable gaming. They feature new Gen 4 PCIE architecture for connecting to latest discrete graphics and deliver amazingly low latency and immersive game play on the go. At CES, Acer, ASUS, MSI and Vaio announced new systems powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core H35-series processor for ultraportable gaming, with more than 40 designs from top manufacturing partners launching in the first half of 2021.

For mobile enthusiasts who want desktop-caliber gaming and creation performance, Intel also announced an 8-core processor that will start shipping later this quarter. This platform is unique in the industry with features that would normally only be found in high-end desktop systems – including up to 5GHz, 20 lanes of PCIe Gen 4.0 architecture for fastest storage and discrete graphics, and Intel® Killer™ Wi-fi 6E (Gig+).

New Line of 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series Mobile Processors for the Best Gaming Platforms

Intel also demonstrated next-generation desktop technology for gamers and enthusiasts coming to market in 11th Gen Intel Core™ S-series desktop processors (“Rocket Lake-S”). Featuring 19% gen-over-gen instructions per cycle (IPC) improvement12 for the highest frequency cores and headlined by the Intel Core i9-11900K, these processors will bring even more performance to gamers and PC enthusiasts at launch in the first quarter of 2021.

Additionally, Intel demonstrated “Alder Lake,” the next-generation processor that represents a significant breakthrough in x86 architecture and Intel’s most power-scalable system-on-chip. Due in second half of 2021, Alder Lake will combine high-performance cores and high-efficiency cores into a single product. Alder Lake will also be Intel’s first processor built on a new, enhanced version of 10nm SuperFin and will serve as the foundation for leadership desktop and mobile processors that deliver smarter, faster and more efficient real-world computing.


Panasonic SoundSlayer Named as CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree



At CES 2021, Panasonic is thrilled to announce that its SoundSlayer Gaming Speaker (SC-HTB01) has been named as a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Headphones & Personal Audio category. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021.

Designed in collaboration with SQUARE ENIX® Co., Ltd., the SoundSlayer enhances the gaming experience for full audio immersion into a player’s favorite games. It provides powerful surround sound with a 2.1 channel, 3-way speaker system with a built-in subwoofer – all within a single compact body.

“The SoundSlayer Gaming Speaker was designed with serious gamers in mind. The three gaming sound modes provide an immersive audio experience within the action of consumers’ favorite games,” said Ellison Ferdinand, Product Manager Home Entertainment Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, North America. “We are delighted that it has been recognized as a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree. And thank you to SQUARE ENIX® Co., Ltd, for your collaboration to develop a gaming speaker with high-fidelity sound.”

With state-of-the-art audio technologies such as Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X and DTS: Virtual X™, gamers can experience the world of artistic games filled with intensity and tension. The combination of these audio technologies creates a 3D stereophonic technology system and acoustic space that envelopes the play in every direction. It is optimized for use with FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online from SQUARE ENIX® Co., Ltd. and provides an unparalleled, immersive audio experience.

The speaker is equipped with three gaming sound modes expertly created through joint development with the FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online sound team.

  • Role-Playing Game mode – Ideal for role-playing games and optimized for FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online. This mode creates a sense of reality and intensity, enabling gamers to feel as if they were inside of the game’s virtual world.
  • First-Person Shooter mode – Provides accurate audio location which allows users to hear subtle sounds such as footsteps, giving gamers the advantage in first-person shooter and third person shooter games.
  • Voice mode – Enhances human voices and further contributes to the immersive experience. Recommended for adventure games, where clear dialogue can provide important clues.

Switching between the three modes, based on the game, will create an experience filled with intensity, tension and a high level of reality no matter what an individual’s preferred gaming style may be. Users can enjoy video games and movies with powerful, immersive sound by simply placing the speakers in front of a PC monitor or TV without obstructing the view.

A special edition of the SoundSlayer featuring Final Fantasy artwork will be demonstrated in the Panasonic virtual booth at CES 2021.


Ergomotion Showcases Smart Beds at CES 2021



Ergomotion, the largest manufacturer of adjustable bases worldwide, is excited to showcase the future of technology for better and healthier sleep at this year’s all-digital CES. Ergomotion will be focused on how the adjustable bed base category is evolving in the well-tech space, providing solutions that will be essential components to a smart, connected home, for a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Going above and beyond the traditional adjustable bed base that includes temperature controls, wired remotes, and wand offline voice control, Ergomotion will present an effortless integration with smart home connectivity. With much of its focus on the holistic wellness approach, Ergomotion will be pioneering wellness-tech solutions that will embrace the times we spend at home in our beds.

The most recent products by Ergomotion include aromatherapy integration, apps that provide concise and consistent health data while you sleep and customized circulation cycles that will allow you to soothe muscle pain while regenerating body, mind and spirit.

“Ergomotion is creating remarkable products that align with the new era of technology, one that will allow the adjustable bed base category to rise to the occasion and allow consumers to experience sleep inspired by technology,” says Johnny Griggs, Chief Operating Officer at Ergomotion. “Not only are our adjustable bed bases the ultimate sleep technology solution, but the products are designed for smart home connectivity, providing both convenience and efficiencies from the time we wake.”

Ergomotion is preparing to dive in deeper into the smart home connectivity, working with IFTTT systems that will allow your home to become more efficient from the comfort of your own bed. Creating corresponding connections and integrating them to users’ daily life can help promote health and wellness with simple combinations from the Ergomotion smart bed. The consumer electronic space is constantly evolving, and innovative smart bed technology is being developed to enable full control of your sleep experience.

“Today’s technology is advancing rapidly, and we’re excited to join the movement,” says Sherry Chapman, Head of Marketing at Ergomotion “Sleep has always been a necessity but it’s even more vital now for better physical and mental health. With the amount of technological solutions available, Ergomotion can provide ways to live more efficiently.”

You can learn more about Ergomotion at www.ergomotion.com


New Pool Cleaning Robot Ariel Debuts at CES 2021



Ariel by Solar Breeze is the latest evolution of pool robots to come from Tempe based Pivot-Solar Breeze, and she is making her debut at CES 2021. Ariel produces clean pools by combining the force of solar-power and intelligent technology as she elegantly travels the pool’s surface to collect debris. Pool owners everywhere can pre-order Ariel at www.solar-breeze.com.

Layers of dust and debris that loom on the surface often discourage pool owners from jumping right in. After placing the Ariel unit in the pool and turning her on, she effortlessly maneuvers to remove up to 95% of dirt, leaves, pollen, dust, hair, oil and more before the debris decays and sinks to the bottom. Ariel owners enjoy a net-free world, less bacteria and algae growth, less filtration and sanitation needs, and less pool pump runtime.

“Automated surface cleaning is becoming recognized throughout the pool industry as a critical part of pool maintenance and greatly contributes to having a clean and healthy swimming pool,” said Paul Sim, Vice President of Pivot-Solar Breeze. “Ariel is the culmination of years of engineering and and consumer feedback to produce the quintessential, future-focused pool cleaning device that brings a whole new level of intelligence, beauty and performance to the robotic surface cleaning category.”

The original Solar-Breeze was launched in 2011, creating a whole new category of robotic pool cleaners. Since then, the Solar-Breeze NX and Solar-Breeze NX2 have become the preferred pool-skimming robots and pool owners in 48 states and 20 countries.

Ariel by Pivot-Solar Breeze offers these features:

  • Mesh filter collects and retains particles down to 200 microns in size
  • Debris collection chamber that holds twice the volume of a normal skimmer basket
  • Simple removal from pool with no-slip handle
  • Easy to empty debris and clean the unit
  • Rechargeable battery that powers the unit after the sun goes down
  • Solar panels that produce enough power to run the unit and charge the battery during the day
  • Sensors that detect obstructions and light up at night
  • No chords or hoses attached
  • Covers the surface of an average pool every 1.5 hours
  • Functions in temperatures ranging from 40° to 130° F
  • Can withstand water salinity of 6,500 ppm

In addition to the convenience of having a pool that is always swim-ready with almost no effort, customers find that having an Ariel robot in their pool can reduce their pool pump run times by as much as 60%, saving them hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs. Reducing pool pump time also reduces the environmental impact of having a swimming pool.


Samsung’s New AI Powered Vacuum and Laundry Cleaning Products at CES 2021



At CES 2021, Samsung Electronics introduced new home appliances that can help automate daily tasks. The new JetBot 90 AI+ features smart technologies that optimize its cleaning route and respond to its environment.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s new Smart Dial Front Load washers and dryers use artificial intelligence to learn user preferences and recommend optimal washing and drying cycles. Both the JetBot 90 AI+ and smart washer were recently recognized with this year’s CES Innovation Awards and will arrive in the U.S. in the first half of 2021.

The JetBot 90 AI+ – the world’s first smart robotic vacuum, powered by Intel AI – gives your floors an amazing clean with minimal effort.

Using a combination of sensors and AI-enhanced object recognition technology, the JetBot 90 AI+ navigates your home with the same efficiency and care that you do. A LiDAR sensor, similar to that used in self-driving cars, detects distance and tracks location for precise movements. A 3D sensor recognizes the difference between objects such as a toy and the leg of a chair, detects even small objects on the floor, and recognizes a room’s shape to maneuver around it.

An object recognition algorithm allows it to identify objects of all kinds and map the safest, most efficient route. JetBot 90 AI+ then uses this information to clean closely around items on the floor, while being sure to maintain a safe distance from fragile or delicate objects, and to lower itself under furniture when needed. If anything is classified as dangerous or likely to cause secondary contamination, it will simply avoid the object.

As it cleans the floor, the JetBot 90 AI’s advanced digital inverter motor maximizes the 30W suction power of its Jet Cyclone system to trap dust from the air and dirt from the floor. The unit’s self-cleaning brush, which has fine fibers made of soft woven textiles, picks up dust from hard floor and reaches into crevices.

When it’s finished cleaning, the JetBot 90 AI+’s automatically heads back to the Clean Station, Samsung’s signature disposal system. There, it empties the dirt, dust, and hair it has collected into a bag that you only need to replace once every two or three months,

And by connecting your smartphone via the Samsung SmartThings app, the JetBot 90 AI+ literally puts its cleaning power in your hands. Control you vacuum from anywhere – schedule a clean, set “no-go zones” on a map of your home, or even connect to its camera to keep an eye on your home and your pets while you’re away.

Samsung’s AI innovations are continually changing the way consumers tackle everyday tasks. The new 8800 Series Smart Dial Front Load washers and dryers have been redesigned to make laundry easier, more intuitive, and less stressful.

Samsung is bringing its signature Smart Dial technology to the new laundry pair. The Smart Dial intelligently learns your preferred cycles and settings, then prioritizes them for quick access in a simplified, easy-to-use control panel. It also recommends specific cycles based on intelligent learning of past cycles run on particular days of the week or at specific times.

Its powerful OptiWash feature detects the laundry load’s weight and uses a patented Turbidity Sensor to determine the ideal amount of water and detergent to use in the cycle. It also determines how long to wash clothing, ensuring that clothes come out their cleanest.

Using a stacked washer and dryer has never been easier. With the MultiControl feature, you can fully operate both the washer and the dryer right from a centralized panel on the washer, keeping all controls within an easy reach. You can also use the SmartThings app to receive end of cycle alerts, remotely start or stop wash cycles, schedule cycles, and more, right from your smartphone.


Bodyfriend Wins Third CES Innovation Award for Massage Chair



Bodyfriend, a leading global health and wellness solutions company, partnered with Bang & Olufsen, a global luxury audio brand, to create its QUANTUM Audio Speakers by Bang & Olufsen, which was recently awarded the CES 2021 Innovation Award Product within the Smart Home category.

“We are extremely proud and honored to receive yet another CES award for the work we are doing to develop products that both envelop the senses and assist in stimulating the health and wellness of our customers,” said Changjoo Kim, CEO of Bodyfriend North America. “The partnership with Bang & Olufsen is yet another critical partnership in growing our brand around the world. We look forward to upcoming collaborations to continue enhancing our customer’s overall experience.”

The QUANTUM Audio Speakers by Bang & Olufsen massage chair is set for market launch in April. The chair is designed to excite the senses of hearing and touch by leveraging product features like zero gravity mode, ventilated cooled and heated seats, a new uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and updated and structural design to provide comfort, proper stretching and enhanced massage options.

One feature the team at Bodyfriend’s Medical R&D Center has been honing and integrating into their products is the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Bodyfriend’s digital Healthcare Platform relies on AI to recognize the user’s voice and commands and reveal muscles and blood spots stimulated during massage. The QUANTUM Audio Speakers by Bang & Olufsen also leverages empirical statistics and big data to provide a holistic health-consulting menu to users, such as related health and wellness content.

“The cloud-based AI is what truly powers the QUANTUM Audio Speakers by Bang & Olufsen massage chair,” added Kim. “Customers are able to use a full-color, full high-definition 10.1 inch tablet attached to a rotating holder to display information, including the user’s health and massage data, recommended content and entertainment played through the incredible Bang & Olufsen integrated sound system.”


Tuya Smart Releases New Smart Outdoor Solutions During CES 2021



Tuya Smart, a leading global AT+IoT (AioT) platform provider announced its new smart outdoor solutions, including devices for both travel and tracking. The world is changing and so are the modes of transportation. With AI and IoT now being an integral part of the automobile industry, there’s an urgent need for smart outdoor solutions that are not only environment-friendly, but also can be tracked down for safety purposes. Tuya now provides a portfolio of transportation and tracking solutions to meet this demand.

Tuya offers one-stop solutions for building IoT-enabled transportation and tracking devices, which are compatible with protocols including Bluetooth, NB-IoT, GPRS, and LTE Cat 1. Their powerful platform capabilities include white label app development, globally deployed cloud services, and various networking modules. Robust cloud services assist in precise device positioning, geofencing, and tracking of routes, helping to deliver safe and easy travel experiences to users. In terms of related SaaS solutions, Tuya has also diversified into smart community, smart agriculture, and smart elderly care.

The smart outdoor solutions portfolio offers products in both travel and tracking categories. In terms of travel the products in the line-up are mostly electric in nature, that quickly empower traditional scooter manufacturers to achieve high-efficiency, low-cost smart functions like remote locking, riding statistics, headlight control, and battery monitoring. Tuya also offers multiple connectivity solutions, which include general MCU protocols, a cloud platform, app SDK, and RN (React Native) control panel SDK.

One of the biggest advantages of using the Tuva Platform is the smart integration process, which starts with determining the solution that is required, then quickly moves to the online product development and comprehensive testing of the smart product, resulting in the launch of the smart product.

In terms of technology, Tuya’s cloud computing-integrated positioning management platform provides location-based services, allowing users to precisely and easily locate vehicles, people, items, and pets.

Tuya provides a full suite of riding analytics, which are stored in the cloud, route tracking data at a glance, real-time phone alerts or text messages when a locked bike leaves a designated area, and comprehensive display of battery information. In terms of tracking solutions, we offer combined GPS, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, and Wi-Fi protocol, that ensure precise device positioning, track riding routes in real time on a mobile app or laptop, and one-key SOS function to call for help.