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Live from Intel’s CES 2012 keynote

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:42PM EST

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Day 1 of the Consumer Electronics Show is drawing to a close, and a keynote featuring Intel is the perfect way to end the day. Intel is the driving force behind a seemingly endless line of devices that have helped shape the industry as we know it today, and this evening we should get a look at how Intel intends to continue driving innovation moving forward. Smartphones and tablets powered by the company’s next-generation Medfield processors will definitely be on display, and the company invested $300 million in ultrabooks so we’ll undoubtedly see a parade of slim new laptops on stage during the event as well. Will Intel have a few surprises up its sleeve? The keynote is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern / 4:30 p.m. Pacific, so hit the jump and tune in for our live coverage.

8:38PM:“We are excited about helping create the future of computing” – Otellini. Thanks for joining us folks, it’s all over now.

8:37PM:He said today the Ultrabook is the new Ghetto Blaster.

8:36PM:Ok we heard 5 seconds of the song, nevermind.

8:36PM:We’re hearing the song now.

8:35PM:Will i Am raised money in Japan for those affected by the flooding so we’ll hand it to him there. His first song from Japan is online now and it’s called Willpower 360 on

8:34PM:Will I Am is struggling to explain what he likes about ultrabooks. He says he loves it but he’s just saying he loves that it’s thin and light. Not seeing how ultrabooks differ from other notebooks that Will I Am could be using. This is awkward.

8:32PM:He doesn’t seem to know how to answer Otellini’s question “How is technology changing the music business.”

8:32PM:“I have a whole year planned already, we started off in Japan and we’re going to 12 countries for 12 songs,” he said. He doesn’t sound too excited, this feels a bit awkward.

8:31PM:Will-i-am is using an ultrabook to travel the world and create new songs in each new city. More information is available on his website and now he’s coming on stage. He’s technically the director of creative innovation for Intel Corporation.

8:28PM:Ah here we go, using NFC you can take your MasterCard and tap the screen and it will validate and authenticate everything to quickly checkout. In addition, you can use your Medfield smartphone for the same secure checkout process. All you need to do is take your phone and tap on the screen and you’re good to go. Really, really, cool. Reminds us of tap-and-go NFC systems in retail stores now, but this is directly on the tablet itself.

8:26PM:We’re seeing a demo of how you can use an ultrabook to purchase gods from Target’s website. Not sure where we’re going with this…

8:25PM:Lame jokes about Ryan Reynolds now.

8:25PM:Intel’s Wireless Display Receiver in televisions allows users to quickly play content on their ultrabook directly on their televisions.

8:24PM:In a partnership between Technicolor, Intel and Dreamworks, users have access to a wide variety of 1080p HD content. The application is called M Go and will launch this Spring. It will be available on Intel’s App Up Center.

8:23PM:In another demo, we’re seeing a demo of the movie Cars being dragged from a hard drive to the Ultrabook. While it usually takes minutes, this just took a few seconds. Really fast file transfers.

8:22PM:Now we’re looking at a 360 video clip and how one of the Intel demo team members is showing us a 360-panorama view by simply swiping around the screen. The file sizes are huge but Ivy Bridge puts all of the performance strain on the processor.

8:20PM:We see an ultrabook with touch built-in and one of the Intel team members is playing Fruit Ninja. Looks cool. We’re also seeing how an Intel phone can be used to control the gameplay in another game. Using the phone’s accelerometer the woman providing the demo is showing how she can control a plane in flight on her computer. Really cool stuff.

8:19PM:Oh there we go – no discrete graphics card required at all. Wow.

8:19PM:Two members of Intel’s ultrabook team are on the stage going over some other ultrabook features. The two books are built on the third-generation processor family, Ivy Bridge (22nm). “The breakthrough allows us to take a beautiful thin and light form factor with a no compromise experience.” First we’re watching Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 running on an ultrabook. It looks pretty solid, actually, and we wonder what kind of graphics chip is in the machine they’re demoing.

8:18PM:Otellini is showing an ultrabook that allows a user to slide the keyboard back so that you can use the device sort of like a tablet. It’s kind of neat but simply a reference design. It can also swivel and hide the keyboard entirely and turn into a tablet completely. Pretty cool stuff.

8:16PM:“We think it’s ultrathin, ultra beautiful and ultra responsive.” It’s announced today and Dell will begin taking orders in February.

8:15PM:Dell is also making the XPS 13 enterprise ready for IT departments. It has TPM, Dell Pro Support and a full range of configuration services.

8:15PM:Intel SmartConnect and Rapid Start are also built-in to the XPS 13. It is location aware, always on and always connected. “The same experience you have with a smartphone is the same experience you’ll have with the XPS 13. Full Core i5 and Core i7 support with up to 9 hours of battery life.

8:14PM:The XPS 13 is 6mm at its thinnest point (less than a quarter of an inch), it has a machined aluminum structure and a carbon fiber base. The device also weighs under 3 pounds. It is an optimized 13-inch product, it has an edge-to-edge display, it’s 15% smaller than other 13-inch notebooks and is more similar in size to 11-inch notebooks. The screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass. It has a full sized keyboard.

8:12PM:It looks great from where we are sitting. “It will set a new level of expectation and will set a standard moving forward for the ultrabook category.”

8:12PM:Clark just announced the next-generation XPS the XPS 13, an “ultrabook without compromise.”

8:11PM:Looks like we’re going to see a Dell ultrabook in just a few seconds.

8:11PM:Jeff Clark, vice chairman of Dell is now taking the stage.

8:10PM:There are more than a dozen systems shipping from around the world today. Acer, Asus, LG, Toshiba, HP and Samsung are a few on display here. More than 60 additional designs are in the works for the back to school and holiday season of 2012.

8:09PM:We’re seeing a clip of Las Vegas people checking out ultrabooks on the street and saying “they’re shocked” at how fast the devices turn on and how thin and light they are.

8:08PM:“For years Intel technologies have continuously raised the bar on what it means to deliver the best PC experience. We’re raising it again with the ultrabook. In just a few short months since they have been on the market, ultrabooks have created quite a bit of excitement”

8:07PM:Everything from Windows 7 “just works” on Windows 8. “This is good for developers, and it’s great for consumers.” Intel promises great new experiences on tablets with its reference design for manufacturers.

8:07PM:We’re looking at Intel’s 32nm Atom tablet reference design right now. It’s fanless and designed for Microsoft’s new Windows 8 platform that should be launching later this year.

8:06PM:Then there are just a few more steps, the credit card can be swiped on the tablet and the purchase is made. “We just finished testing the wall in our London flagship floor last November.” After just 2 weeks of testing sales were up 5 times the standard rate. After this, Adidas will perform a few more tests and then launch during the Olypmics in office. Neat stuff.

8:05PM:In addition, we’ve built in the opportunity to play videos from the wall. Not only that, it’s integrated into social networks. You can see what consumers are saying about a specific product. It helps reinforce that he’s making the right purchase decision. Adidas hopes that helps the consumer buy its products. A member staff will come out and complete the purchase over a tablet.

8:04PM:Adidas is melding the physical and the virtual. There’s a wall of shoes – some are real and can be purchased in store, and some are models that can be purchased online. “The wall will react as the consumer approaches and can determine age and gender. It then allows the consumer to select a model he or she likes. He can zoom in to see it in greater detail or get more information on the product as well.”

8:02PM:Chris Aubrey, Vice president of marketing for Adidas is now on stage.

8:02PM:Research shows most consumers still prefer shopping in a physical store. Intel’s vision for the future of computing is that one experience doesnt have to replace the other. You can have the same experience whether you’re online or in the mall.

8:01PM:“As computers become truly pervasive, the biggest transformations will come at the intersection of the virtual and the physical worlds.”

8:01PM:Otellini believes it’s time that we hold our phones to the same standards as we do our PCs. “Your full digital life is where you are, and without compromise.”

8:00PM:The first Intel based smartphones will be in carrier validation this summer with launch shortly after that. More details will be provided in the coming months. We’re definitely excited about seeing what Motorola will deliver to the market.

8:00PM:Motorola is excited to combine Intel’s technology in its products. Jha says he’s most excited about the best silicon technology in mobile technologies and how it will allow the company to innovate in hardware, software and services. Jha is announcing that Motorola and Intel have entered into a multiyear, multi device strategic partnership around mobile devices and smartphones. Huge news here folks.

7:58PM:In 1959 the two firms commercialized the first cellular phone.

7:58PM:Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility is now taking the stage.

7:58PM:“The features you saw today are state of the art for smartphones. As you can see from the graphs behind me the Intel mobile platform outperforms other platforms today. More importantly, our reference design is more energy efficient… We’ve only just begun in applying our technology to smartphones. We’ve build an incredible platform for our partners to innovate on.”

7:57PM:Intel wanted to take the camera to the next level. The reference design has an 8 megapixel camera and it supports up to 16-megapixels, but “that’s not enough.” Intel says it will let users quickly take pictures — under 10 in under a second. That’s pretty, pretty amazing. High quality and high frame rate. We’re impressed!

7:56PM:Angry Birds runs just fine. Does anyone care about Angry Birds anymore? This is the like the 5th time we’ve seen it referenced during this show.

7:55PM:Intel took the application developers from the Windows side of its business to help on the Android experience, too. There’s a small number of Android apps written for a different instruction set and Intel is providing tools to developers so that the apps run just as well on its platform as it does on other processors.

7:54PM:A quick time-lapse video showed that Intel’s HD video can play longer than the competition, which is definitely awesome for commuters or anyone who likes to watch movies or TV shows on the go.

7:54PM:Now we’re getting video queued up to demo the 1080p video playback. It looks awesome and there doesn’t appear to be any stuttering in the frame rates. The quality doesn’t hurt battery life, apparently. Lots of applause but we’ve seen plenty of smartphones with HDMI-out ports play 1080p video just fine. Still, we’re excited to see how Intel’s offering will differ in the future.

7:52PM:Intel worked closely with McAffee for security scans, data backup and restore, locking the device and more. It will be available for download from the Android Market when Intel’s smartphones launch.

7:52PM:The web browser is definitely really fast but nothing unlike we’ve seen on other high-powered Android devices. Now we’re watching a gaming demo, the graphics look good but, again, it’s a game that we’ve seen run just as well on other Android smartphones on the market today.

7:51PM:The device is less than 10mm thick, according to an Intel mobile employee that just joined Paul Otellini on the stage. It also supports NFC for mobile payments. We’re currently watching the two hook up the phone to HDMI so we can browse the web.

7:50PM:Paul is showing off the Intel smartphone reference design. “It’s much more than a reference design. It’s a customer ready platform. Our partners can bring their own innovation and their own technology to the platform and bring their products to market very quickly.” It has an 8 megapixel camera, full 1080p video playback, 6 hours of video playback, 45 hours of audio playback, 8 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time. The reference design runs Android.

7:48PM:“This is only the first step I firmly believe,” Intel and Lenovo will see success in the mobile market.

7:48PM:Lenovo also has a 10-inch tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor on the show floor.

7:48PM:The K800 is available in the Intel booth or the Lenovo demo area here at CES.

7:47PM:The K800 will run on China Unicom on its 21Mbps network and will ship during the second quarter of this year.

7:47PM:4.5-inch is not big enough so you can wireless stream your HD content to your big screen televisions. “This phone has incredible multitasking performance without any compromise on the battery life. I’m confident that the users will be very satisfied.”

7:46PM:The K800 is powered by an Atom processor with an “amazing user experience.” It has a 4.5-inch 720p HD display.

7:46PM:The world’s first Intel-based smartphone is the Lenovo K800.

7:45PM:Lenovo believes devices will be powered by the cloud. “We are transforming Lenovo from a leading personal computer company to a leading personal internet device company.” We heard that same quote earlier today when we were introduced to the Lenovo TV powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor.

7:44PM:Liu Jun the senior vice president of Lenovo is taking the stage to discuss the first smartphone powered by an Intel mobile processor (Medfield).

7:44PM:“It’s coming first to China, the largest smartphone market in the world with more than 100 million users.”

7:44PM:We wanted a no compromise experience on mobile phones and today I’m thrilled to announce that the best of Intel’s computing is now coming to smartphones. lots of cheering!

7:43PM:Only 10% of mobile device activity is related to voice calls.

7:42PM:“Today your smartphone has more computing power than existed in all of NASA in 1969.”

7:42PM:“Moore’s law isn’t about science, it’s about the human drive to innovate.”

7:41PM:“Only a few years ago we introduced our 32nm processor technology. Last year we introduced a revolutionary 3D transistor on 22nm technology. This is now shipping codenamed Ivy Bridge. It promises to redefine the computing experience once again. We have line of sight to 14nm technology.”

7:40PM:“In a mobile and cloud driven world, the standards of security have to be higher.” We’re not just talking about malware here.

7:39PM:“We want the same experience. Consistent computing means no compromise in quality or convenience. We want our devices to be aware of who we are, what we are and what we like. And most importantly our experiences must be secure.”

7:39PM:“We want our devices to think as fast as we do. We want them to be able to keep up with us.”

7:38PM:“Every time we design a new chip we ask what experiences do consumers want, what can they compromise on, and more importantly, what shouldn’t they compromise on?”

7:38PM:“What we’ve seen is nothing compared to what’s on the horizon. IT is really a re-definition of what can be done with power computing. I like to describe this migration as one that goes from the era of a personal computer to one of personal computing. It’s not about cameras or smartphones or PNDs, the devices themselves are less relevant. The more important question is: are we creating a better experience?”

7:37PM:Otellini started at Intel more than three decades ago. “I’ve had a great front-row seat on the greatest revolution in modern times.”

7:36PM:Intel CEO Paul Otellini is now taking the stage to much applause, and some whistling.

7:36PM:Lots of clapping for the video, weird.

7:34PM:Now we’re watching a quick clip about Intel and computing experiences. Hmm, we see a smartphone on the screen. Perhaps we’ll hear more about Intel’s new Medfield mobile processor, which should be landing in smartphones this year.

7:33PM:Shapiro says the ultrabook is reinventing the PC. Arguable that Apple was there first with the MacBook but we’ll let him slide on that one.

7:32PM:Today Intel is on pace to exceed $50 billion in revenue for 2011.

7:31PM:He’s introducing Paul Otellini who joined the company in 1974 and became the firm’s 5th CEO in 2005.

7:30PM:The president and CEO of the CEA Gary Shapiro is taking the stage.

7:29PM:Here we go starting to get things kicked off. “This place about to blow” is playing over the speakers just like it has at every other key note here.

7:28PM:Alright the lights are lowering now

7:26PM:Ok we were just told to take our seats and silence our phones so we should be getting kicked off in just a few minutes now.