This Week in Technology Innovation and Trends

5G retail robots are coming, people. Maybe not tomorrow, but AT&T and Badger Technologies are working to make it happen. The next-generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer more memory and machine learning optimizations. Neuromorphic engineering dabbles in brain-inspired table soccer. Intel’s Ice Lake platform is on track to enhance mobile computing. And animated content creation will benefit from developments in exascale computing.

Get Ready for the 5G Retail Robots!

Retail robots sound pretty cool, right? You know what would make them even cooler? 5G. That’s what AT&T and Badger Technologies think, at least. They’re testing robots that identify out-of-stock items, misplaced items, and in-store hazards, and they want to demonstrate that 5G can improve data processing efficiency. You may not see the robots in a store near you any time soon, but rest assured that the technology is in the works.

Next-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to Deliver Breakthrough Platform Performance

This week, Intel announced its next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor platform. Codenamed Cooper Lake, the latest addition to the processor family boasts up to 56 processor cores per socket, higher memory bandwidth, and built-in AI inference and training acceleration. Learn more about the high-core-count Cooper Lake processor platform, which will be available in the first half of 2020.

UWS Uses Intel Chips to Create Biologically-Engineered Foosball Table

Brain-inspired chips have found an unexpected testing ground—or field, one might say. Researchers at the University of Western Sydney are using neuromorphic engineering to construct a foosball table that thinks in more human-like ways. With neuromorphic event-based cameras and Intel’s neuromorphic Loihi chips, the project demonstrates how neuromorphic processing can better support developing technologies like self-driving cars, robotics, and satellite tracking. Gooooooooooal!

Intel Ice Lake Has Landed, and It's Smarter, Faster and More Efficient Than Ever

Built on 10nm technology, Intel’s Ice Lake platform is the first step toward Project Athena—an initiative that aims to leverage next-generation tech for advanced mobile computing experiences. Ice Lake’s deep-learning capabilities will deliver optimized performance while the inclusion of Gen11 graphics will make for more sophisticated gaming experiences. Here’s what else you can expect from Ice Lake.

Exascale Computing Will Redefine Content Creation

In line with Intel’s pursuit of exponential increases in computing capabilities, Intel’s Architecture, Software, and Graphics group has been challenged to deliver a 1000x workflow improvement for content creators. Enter exascale computing. With the ability to process a quintillion (that’s a billion billion, for those who can’t count that high) calculations per second, exascale computing will enable content creators to push the limits for high-quality animation.