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Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project

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 Global chip-maker Intel has shut down its “New Devices Group” (NDG) and ceased the development of “Vaunt” smart glasses who were like the eye-mounted wearables like Google Glass, the media reported.

“Despite an investment of several hundred million dollars by Intel, including through acquisitions of other companies, the group never made much of an impact in the wearables market,” a report in The Information said on Thursday.

The closure is probably to result in “some layoffs from the team, around 200 people”, the report noted.

“Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into a product we choose to take to market. The Superlight [the codename for Vaunt] project is a great example where Intel developed truly differentiated, consumer augmented reality glasses,” The Verge quoted an Intel statement as saying.

Intel kills 'Vaunt' smart glass project.
Intel kills ‘Vaunt’ smart glass project.

“We are going to take a disciplined approach as we keep inventing and exploring new technologies, which will sometimes require tough choices when market dynamics don’t support further investment,” the statement added.

Jerry Bautista, the lead for “Vaunt,” had mentioned earlier that Intel was working with key ecosystem hardware providers like frames and lenses.

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Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.

People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns.

Google later withdrew the device from the market in 2015.  IANS

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Intel Brings New Processor For Entry-Level Servers

The Xeon E-2100 processor is targeted at small- and medium-size businesses and cloud service providers

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Intel announces massive 48-core chip, new processor for entry-level servers.

Intel on Monday announced two new members in its Xeon processor portfolio, including the 48-core Cascade Lake advanced performance processor.

The Cascade Lake advanced performance chip is expected to be released in the first half of 2019 and the Intel “Xeon E-2100” processor for entry-level servers is now available, the company said in a statement.

“The new parts represent a substantial upgrade over current Xeon chips, with up to 48 cores and 12 DDR4 memory channels per socket, supporting up to two sockets,” said Intel.

The two products build upon Intel’s foundation of 20 years of Intel “Xeon” platform leadership and give customers even more flexibility to pick the right solution for their needs.

“We remain highly focused on delivering a wide range of workload-optimised solutions that best meet our customers’ system requirements.

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“The addition of Cascade Lake advanced performance CPUs and Xeon E-2100 processors to our Intel Xeon processor lineup once again demonstrates our commitment to delivering performance-optimized solutions to a wide range of customers,” said Lisa Spelman, Intel Vice President and General Manager of Intel Xeon products and Data Center Marketing.

Cascade Lake advanced performance chip is designed for the most demanding high-performance computing (HPC), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) workloads.

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The Xeon E-2100 processor is targeted at small- and medium-size businesses and cloud service providers.

“The processor supports workloads suitable for entry-level servers, but also has applicability across all computing segments requiring enhanced data protections for the most sensitive workloads,” said Intel. (IANS)