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Intel is a behemoth – the 1000-pound Gorilla inside IT hardware running on the majority of PCs, tablets, servers, a lot of IoT, and now smart cars.

It is perhaps no surprise that it focused on partnerships and collaborations at CES 2018 – innovation starts with Intel Inside.

It started with an impressive drone light show over the fabled Bellagio Hotel fountain.

Then it set another Guinness Book of Records for flying 100 shooting star mini-drowns indoors. The Intel Shooting Star Mini drone is the company’s first drone designed and built to enable indoor light show experiences. It is designed with a super-lightweight structure and propeller guards for safety. Its light source can create more than 4 billion colour combinations designed for visually stunning aerial displays.

But let’s get onto more important, although less spectacular announcements.

10nm processors mean less heat, more speed and more raw power

Intel began shipping its first 10nm processor at the end of last year. This is a huge step forward with other processor makers still shipping cheaper, easier to make, far less efficient 16nm chips.

Spectre and Meltdown bugs identified by Google Project Zero

Intel has delivered to its OEM PC partners the firmware updates to the processors made in the past five year  – the work is more than 90% complete. Partners, not Intel, will then roll the firmware out as part of their update processes.

It says that based on its most recent PC benchmarking; the performance impact should not be significant for average computer users – they should not see significant slowdowns in common tasks such as reading email, writing a document or accessing digital photos. Ultimately, the overall impact will depend on the specific workload, platform configuration and mitigation technique.

An important point to note is that no exploits of Spectre and Meltdown have yet been seen I  the wild, but it is important that you watch for firmware patches from your PC maker.

ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) Smart cars (not necessarily fully autonomous)

Intel and Mobileye are collaborating on a camera, 5G comms and processor system called EyeQ shipping nearly nine million chips in 2017 to 27 car makers. In addition to providing visual alerts to drivers (Road Experience Management or REM), the system can be used for Dynamic Data Collection (DDC).

DDC data includes road and environmental conditions (hazards, construction, traffic density and weather), infrastructure, and parking availability. Mobileye recently signed a next-step agreement with Volkswagen to formalise the collection and marketing of this data. Recent partnerships with the city of Dusseldorf, Spain Directorate-General of Traffic, Gett Taxi Limited, Berkshire Hathaway.

Mobileye Aftermarket announced a series of partnerships and collaborations with ride-share leaders, municipalities and government administrations that will enable the mapping of city streets around the world, including London and New York, through the deployment of Mobileye 8 Connect in thousands of for-hire vehicles.