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Intel Addresses the Elephant in the Room

Intel Addresses the Elephant in the Room

2018 in Las Vegas, Intel today showed off its prototype of Volocopter, which according to the company is "essentially a flying car".

After the wake of news of the major security flaw involving Intel microprocessors, CEO Bryan Krzanich intends to tackle it head on by creating a new internal security group.

Krzanich says there's no evidence anyone has attempted to exploit the flaws, which affect processors built by Intel and other chipmakers. Nothing fancy about that, except that the chip uses about a thousandth as much power as a conventional processor. It was brought in front of the attendees at the Monte Carlo Hotel of Park Theatre by Intel as it has entered into a partnership with the German company.

Intel announced a new chip for "neuromorphic" computing - technology that enables computers to think more like human or animal brains. Intel engineers describe how Loihi works in the video below. "Now as a result, we expect some workloads may have a larger impact than others so we'll continue working with the industry to minimize the impact on those workloads over time", Krzanich said Monday.

When Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, took the stage he had one option really; address the issue. They are less flexible and powerful than the best general-purpose chips, but being specialized to their task makes them very energy efficient, and thus ideal for mobile devices, vehicles, and industrial equipment. "They have the resources to push things ahead quickly".

His CES comments were also less emphatic than Intel's public statements from last week in downplaying the possibility of performance hits from the patches, although that lack of emphasis could have been simply an effort to get on with the main keynote. The news puts the company on a par with IBM, which recently unveiled a 50-qubit chip.

A shadow hung over Monday's presentation amid questions about the fundamental security inside computer chips from Intel and its rivals.