Intel today announced the launch of new products tailored to edge computing scenarios like digital signage, interactive kiosks, medical devices, and health care service robots. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, Atom x6000E Series, Pentium, Celeron N, and J Series bring new AI security, functional safety, and real-time capabilities to edge customers, the chipmaker says, laying the groundwork for innovative future applications. Intel expects the edge market to be a $65 billion silicon opportunity by 2024. The company's own revenue in the space grew more than 20% to $9.5 billion in 2018. And according to a 2020 IDC report, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge within three years.
Intel has announced new enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series bring new artificial intelligence (AI), security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers. Intel said it is providing robust solutions for the US$65 billion edge silicon market opportunity by 2024. Innovations delivered with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors are a response to challenges felt across the IoT industry: edge complexity, total cost of ownership and a range of environmental conditions, according to the chip vendor. When combined with 11th Gen's SuperFin technology process improvements and other enhancements, OpenVINO running on an 11th Gen Core i5 processor delivers an AI performance up to two times faster inferences per second than a prior 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8500 processor when running on just the CPU in each product.
Just released as part of Intel's Vision products lineup, Intel announces the new OpenVINO toolkit (Open Visual Inference and Neural Network Optimization, and formerly the Intel Computer Vision SDK) to help developers bring vision intelligence into their applications from edge to cloud. The toolkit is a free download that helps fast-track development of high-performance computer vision and deep learning inference solutions, and deliver fast and efficient deep learning workloads across multiple types of Intel platforms (CPU, CPU with integrated graphics, FPGA, and Movidius vision processing units (VPUs). Vision systems hold incredible promise to change the world and help us solve problems--whether they're making homes safer or discovering new medical cures--affording great opportunities for developers. The toolkit has a common API and is based on common development standards, such as OpenCL, OpenCV and OpenVX. Components to increase performance of Intel Processor Graphics for Linux*, including the Intel Media SDK open source version and OpenCL graphics drivers and runtimes.
Intel is advancing our vision of a fully connected, intelligent society with network innovations from cloud to edge. As the leading network silicon provider, our unmatched portfolio and widespread ecosystem enable our customers to design, deliver and deploy innovative solutions across the entire network. Early last year, I wrote about why increased demand on the fronthaul network will play a major role in 5G and edge deployment and how Intel's hardware and software portfolio fit into a larger network transformation. Last summer, I wrote about why RAN transformation is happening in stages, and in the fall, I explained how industry standardization plays an important role in driving these changes. While network transformation began at the core, the next major innovation target is the edge.
It's been an amazing year leading the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel. During this time we have been working hard to define and develop a data-driven technology foundation for industry innovation. Our strategy is to drive end-to-end distributed computing in every vertical by focusing on silicon platforms and workload consolidation at the edge. Critical to our success is aligning our ecosystem of partners and developers to deliver the benefits. This focused effort is paying off, as Intel's IoT business grew by 20 percent in 2017 and continued with strong growth in this year's first quarter.