- Gregory Bryant of Intel, thanks for joining me and welcome to the all-digital CES 2021.

- Hey, Rich. Thanks for having me.

- It's a little different this year. I know we're not in Las Vegas but this has been a really great show so far. I know Intel is a big part of CES. What kind of key announcements are you making this year?

- Well, we had several key announcements this year that really showcase the breadth and the reach of Intel as a global technology leader. And it was really on full display this year. It was a lot of fun. We announced, first we announced in our data center group that we were shipping our first 10 nanometer Ice Lake server product that we're in production and we're ramping shipments this quarter. And then as you transition over to the PC business, we had major, major announcements all the way from entry to the premium market segments. I had the privilege of launching four new families of processors. This year, we announced our 11 generation V pro processors that are specifically built for business with integrated security capabilities. That was exciting. We launched our first ever Intel Evo Chromebooks. So bringing all the performance and all the experience benefits of Intel Evo into the Chrome ecosystem. We launched a whole new family of processors for education, which is, with everyone working from home and learning from home, it's become so essential, so important. Those, those processors have new media and collaboration capabilities to make it easier for those, for those students. And then we also launched new families of mobile and desktop processors for high performance, high-performance gaming, content creation, et cetera. So all in all, just a bevy of new products. And then at the end, I got the I had the opportunity to show a sneak preview of our next-generation family of processors that we call Alder Lake, that's the code name. That's coming in the second half of this year, which for the first time has two new types of CPU cores integrated into one product. So we're really excited about the benefits that those products can bring in. And obviously, as we are here today, just computing has become so essential that our ability to scale the work with our partners across the ecosystem, these processors will result in more than 500 designs in 2021 to be able to bring those all the market. It's just really exciting. I was happy to do it here at CES.

- Yeah. It's a crucial time for processing power and computers and laptops. Like you said, as so many people are working from home, you've got that market, you've got the education market which is really so many students need those Chromebooks. So tell me about the pandemic in Intel's business. What was the impact? I mean, obviously saw a lot more sales, I imagine.

- Well, you're right. If you step back, just post-pandemic, you've seen, the digitization of everything accelerate, and it's been a huge, it's been a huge disruption. And for us, our number one priority as we went into the pandemic was to focus on our people, keeping our people safe. We knew if we kept our people safe and we really focused on it, we could deliver to our customers who in turn deliver these essential products that are needed all throughout the world and infrastructure, and PCs, certainly in the network, et cetera. And I'm just really proud of the way that we rallied together in the company and with our partners, we were able to continue, we were able to on the fly, innovate and change how we work, how we collaborate, how we do engineering, how we run our factories. And I'm just so proud of how the company rallied together to stay operational and to fulfill that demand. And computing is just so essential. We took that to heart. We took that really personally that we're a big part of providing these essential services to people around the world. And we were able to do just a great job. And like I said, I couldm't be more proud under the circumstances of how we pulled together not just ourselves, but with all of our partners.

- So one of the key trends we've seen at this year's CES and in some years past is AI. So what is Intel doing in that area to kind of further the AI world?

- That's great. You just see there's opportunity that's been created with the explosion of data, this data revolution and not just the explosion of data, but as you as you're alluding just kind of the need to make, to create value and to derive information from this explosion of the data, that's at the heart of of all these business models and services. And that's really resulted in the need for computing, and computing is being distributed. You see computing becoming, exploding in the data center and the network out at the edge and at Intel, we're a computing company. So you're right. We've positioned ourselves now to deliver products for AI and AI training, for the 5G network transformation, for the intelligent edge. And we're really transforming the company to pursue those opportunities. And we're not just a CPU company anymore. You may have seen we made some recent announcements where a company Habana that we've acquired as part of the Intel family, we've launched eight new Gaudi processors for AI acceleration. And we also announced recently a design with Amazon to accelerate AI training. So we're very excited about the opportunity for computing in all of its forms, and then specifically for AI and AI training, now we've got these new processors and accelerators that are in market.

- All right, this is really important. Education I know it's very important to Intel. And last year, Intel announced it's teaming up with Arizona's largest community college to design an associate's degree in AI. And you talked about that effort and this is welcome news because CTA research shows that 80% of technology business leaders say it's increasingly hard to find job candidates with the right skills. So what are some of the goals of this program?

- Well, I'm so excited about this program. We partnered with Maricopa County community College District which is the largest district community college district in the U.S., to do this first ever associate's degree and AI at the community college, which we're just couldn't be more excited about. And we believe deeply, passionately that AI should really be shaped by a diverse set of students and people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. And working with a community college is really enabling us to to make the skills and the training more accessible to this wide variety of students and population. And as you said, AI is an emerging skills area, AI skills gap, that AI skills gap we believe is critical. And we're committed to working with education institutions across the United States to fill that gap. We're shaping the curriculum, partnering with Maricopa County Community College District to create the curriculum, to provide faculty support, to provide internships and real hands-on job opportunities and programming and it's -- and projects. And, and we believe this is just key to giving people access to these skills and helping them position themselves for current job opportunities. Obviously, what will be future job opportunities massive growth in AI jobs in the future.

- Yeah, I imagine there's a lot of growth in this area, a lot of good opportunities for those graduates to really take those skills that they've learned and put them into work. And of course, a paycheck as well. Gregory Bryant from Intel, thank you so much for joining me today. Have a fantastic CES.

- Thank you, Rich. Thanks for having me.


 

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