Intel CEO addresses Spectre and Meltdown bugs at CES keynote

Intel Addresses the Elephant in the Room

Intel Addresses the Elephant in the Room

In a keynote address at the "CES 2018" on Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich highlighted how data is transforming the world around us and driving the next great wave of technology innovation - from autonomous driving to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Virtual Reality (VR). The Oregonian reported that Intel has formed a new group, called Intel Product Assurance and Security, created to lock down the company's processors. Krzanich commended the "remarkable" collaboration among tech companies to address what he called an "industry-wide" problem.

Spectre and Meltdown are three variants of a side-channel analysis security issue in server and PC processors, which could potentially enable hackers to access protected data.

"Security is job No. 1 for Intel and our industry, and the primary focus of our decisions have been to keep our customers' data safe", Krzanich said. Previously, a spokesperson said that they were pre-planned and unrelated to the discovery of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws - although Google shared news about them in June, and the sale was only arranged in October.

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"We are still discovering new ways to apply the power of AI and data", Krzanich said.

He was joined on stage by an autonomous auto carrying Amnon Shashua, the chief executive office of Mobileye, Intel's driverless technology unit.

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Intel will branch out soon.

Krzanich took time to tout the company's 49-qubit chip, which he described as a "major breakthrough" for quantum computing, before touting the changes in transport Intel is helping to bring about. He touted the company's Intel True View product, which he says the National Football League is already using to enhance the viewer experience.

Intel did not disclose any timeline details for the quantum chip. Intel and several other chipmakers have admitted to the mistakes they made in their chips.

In his speech at CES, Krzanich introduced the newly established Intel Studios - a new state of the art studio dedicated to the production large-scale content for the next generation of immersive media. By using these quantum chips, Intel and others believe that they can solve problems of much higher complexity than traditional silicon microprocessors-though Intel and its rivals have invested billions in continually improving those chips. Two months after releasing a 17-qubit superconducting test chip, the firm announced Tangle Lake, a chip with 49-qubits.

During the Intel keynote, Krzanich said Intel's labs and researchers are "committed" to advancing quantum computing, with a Netherlands-based lab specifically testing and building quantum computing systems.

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