Intel wants PC brands to be fully prepared for the 5G era

The Robert N. Boyce Building in Santa Clara, California, is the world headquarters for Intel Corporation. This photos is from Oct. 26, 2017. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

Intel has placed itself in the position of pressuring PC brands to do more, especially when more sophisticated technologies are fast-coming

The tech giant is coming up with an idea; a new project that is designed to push PC makers to get ready their several advanced laptops. The ‘Project Athena’ as it is been called involves both the 5G and AI endeavor combined in one; let say a new version of an ultra-book. To acquire this height, the company has decided to roll out some specs to meet up with the various brands’ products as to fall in line with the processes required.


While the new project is not entirely strange to most people, it is believed to have a similar specification to that of the initial Ultra-book; a strategy that was designed in order to streamline brands to making thin size laptops,  faster storage, and longer battery life more quickly. While Ultrabooks pushed laptop makers to focus on thin and light machines, Intel’s focus with Project Athena is vague. “Designed to enable new experiences and capitalize on next-generation technologies, including 5G and artificial intelligence,” explains Intel. We reached out to Intel for details on any concrete specs the company will require PC makers to adhere to, but Intel says it’s not sharing those yet.


While there have been several new developments in the tech space over the time, Intel has decided to focus on some specific areas and it includes 5G and Artificial Intelligence, which is their core focus for the project Athena. Others include all-day battery life, adjustable form factors, and performance are also on the list, though many existing PC designs arguably already focus on this.


Intel is providing PC makers with a roadmap to start bringing Project Athena devices to the market in the second half of 2019. Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Innolux, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, and Sharp are all working on Project Athena. Devices will include Chrome- and Windows-powered laptops. Project Athena comes just as Intel has announced that 10nm Ice Lake processor will be available in laptops in time for the holiday season later this year.

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