In the past, Intel has used CES not only as a venue to showcase its latest innovations in silicon design, but also as a stage to showcase its vision for computing. For example, at CES 2020 last year, she teamed up with Lenovo to introduce new computer form factors, and the two companies jointly unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Fold as the foldable laptop of the future.
It's unclear what Intel's CES virtual presentation will focus on this year, but given the stiff competition from rivals such as AMD, ARM, and Nvidia, much depends on the company's potential announcements. Intel will have two presentations at CES – the first will focus on autonomous driving and build on the Mobileye acquisition, while the second will be dedicated to computers. Both events are scheduled for January 11th.
Here's how to watch Intel's two CES 2021 keynotes
While both presentations take place on the first day of CES, computer fans and gamers should focus on Intel’s second presentation, "Do more with the Power of Computing". This event is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET January 11, and a brief presentation is expected, lasting 30 minutes.
With Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel Client Computing Group, hosting the keynote, we can expect to learn more about Intel's silicon development, including the company's latest processors and graphics cards.
The other presentation will be given by Amnon Shashua, Head of Mobileye, who Intel acquired in 2017. This presentation will focus on autonomous driving and is expected to take place at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET January 11th.
Intel fans can visit Intel's dedicated CES 2021 page to view the livestream of the announcements. Also check out Intel's YouTube channel. Alternatively, if you can't see Intel's announcements live, you can visit Digital Trends' CES 2021 hub for the latest technology news.
Once the live stream starts, you can find the embedded video in this post.
What to expect from Intel in 2021
With the 11th generation mobile Tiger Lake processor out of the way, Intel will likely focus on its 11th generation desktop processors, codenamed Rocket Lake, at CES 2021. In particular, Intel is expected to introduce a new hybrid processor design that will borrow elements from 10nm and port it to 14nm. The desktop portion is widely expected to land this year when Intel battles AMD's Ryzen processors for the attention of high-end gamers.
When Intel launches its new processors, it is likely to announce some partner systems that will be among the first to ship with 11th generation desktop silicon.
More recently, Intel has been confronting the new realities of the pandemic in an attempt to meet both demand and bottlenecks of its processors. In a promotional video, the company said it had converted office space vacated by local home orders into factories in order to increase the capacity and yield of its more advanced chips. Given the limited computer stage time, we doubt Intel will spend too much time delving into this problem. However, the company could take the opportunity to highlight its plans to move to smaller nodes to combat the rise of AMD, Apple's move to ARM. M1 processors on the Mac and Qualcomm's push in Windows with its Snapdragon computing platform.
The presentation could also include additional updates on the next generation Intel Xe graphics architecture.
As in previous years, Intel will likely continue to push its work in the field of artificial intelligence. Ahead of CES, Intel unveiled its new RealSense ID device for enhanced facial recognition and authentication. The camera module is expected to use an active depth sensor with a neural engine to provide more secure and accurate face authentication.
Artificial intelligence will also be a key part of Intel's autonomous driving plans, which will be covered in its Mobileye keynote.