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    Ces 2020

    Random notes from CES 2020.. For more structured coverage of wireless, networking and security, please see the News section on the main site

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    AMD Keynote

    AMD announced a number of Ryzen 4000 series processors with 7nm technology, allowing for more efficient, faster processors than the competition.
    Check out the Ryzenn 7 4800H mobile processor aimed at gamers and creators.. It comes with eight cores, 16 threads, up to 4.2GHz boost, 2.9GHz base and only 45W TDP! AMD also announced their flagship 64-core 128-thread CPU will be available on Feb 7th for the bargain price of $3990 (to be fair, for reference, comparable Intel processing power would cost ~$20k)

    The Radeon 5600 series graphics cards will be available in February prices starting at $279.

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    Intel Keynote

    The focus of Intel seems to be what the company calls "Innovation through Intelligence".

    It is a multi faceted approach involving chip-embedded AI, Autonomous Vehicles, utilizing 5G, to deliver Intelligent PC Platforms. See:
    https://www.intel.com/content/www/us...intel-ces.html

    It is predicted that by 2025 people will be using 56 Billion of connected IoT devices (about 7 devices per person), using up to 75% of data, which itself will grow exponentially to 175 Zetabytes of volume.

    All this will require advances in connectivity, AI to process this data, and more. Since 80% of all data on the Internet is used by video currently, Intel has partnered with Netflix in the development of the open-source SVT-AV1 video codec, delivering better quality compression than x264.

    Intel's newer processors have embedded AI, allowing for broad-scale AI, with improvements not only in AI performance but also embedded graphics, better wireless speeds, enhanced Thirderbolt 3 technology, etc.

    Intel showcased autonomous driving cars featuring MobileEye, AI assistance in disaster relief and automated mapping, 3DAT athlete tracking, as well as technology that allows for combining multiple 2d video streams from the cloud to create a single virtual 3d video allowing for infinite perspectives, from any angle.

    In essence, Intel seems to be doubling down on embedded AI and smart technologies, it showed applying AI in graphics apps and different fields, however, there was no direct comparison in processor power or hardware specs with AMD's 7nm product line.

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    CTA State of the Industry

    Streaming Services popularity and spending soars, along with 5G connectivity and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled devices, driving revenue growth for the U.S. consumer tech industry to a record $422 billion in retail revenues in 2020 – nearly 4% growth over last year, according to a new Consumer Technology Association (CTA) report.

    "More and more consumers are embracing the faster connectivity, advanced intelligence and seemingly infinite content that technology offers today – pushing consumer technology industry revenues toward another record-setting year in 2020," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "We’ll see advancements in 5G connectivity and AI play out across the CES 2020 show floor this week – from digital health to self-driving vehicles and smart homes – vital technologies that are changing our lives for the better."

    High-Growth Emerging Categories
    The following categories will all see increase in sales in 2020, according to the CTA

    Software and Streaming Services – Music, Video and Video Gaming
    Spending on software and streaming services (including music, video and video gaming) is projected to reach a new high of $81.2 billion in 2020 (11% growth over last year).
    Video: Award-winning original content and more big entrants to the video streaming wars will push consumer spending to $24.1 billion in 2020, up 29%.
    Music: On-demand music services including Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify will total $9 billion in revenue, up 15%, with room to grow as more and more consumers adopt smart speakers and wireless earbuds.
    Video Gaming: Growing in-game spending and subscribers will push the video game software and services category to $38.3 billion in revenue this year, up 5%.

    Smartphones, Laptops, TVs, vehicle tech, wireless earbuds, smart home tech will all see increase in sales in 2020.

    "The last decade was about the Internet of Things – but now, we kick off a new decade defined by the Intelligence of Things," says Steve Koenig, vice president of market research, CTA. In essence, 5G will allow for enough bandwidth for IoT devices to interact and use AI.

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    Fireside chat with FCC and FTC chairmen

    FTC chairman Joseph Simmons and FCC chairman Ajit Pai join CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro for a chat..

    Livestream: https://live.ces.tech/detail/videos/...autoStart=true

    FTC chairman starts by explaining their mandate, including data security, privacy,, combatting robocalls, etc. discussing the importance of privacy. It is time to do something modern in terms of privacy, in the form of some form of federal legislation. There is some concern that policy similar to GDPR may disadvantage smaller companies and new entrants to the market and favor big corporations.

    How does the role of the FTC evolve in this century? FTC advised businesses to publish privacy policies and enforce some enforcement actions if they deviate substantially from those.

    How can the US create a more inovative policy than the EU in punishing and fining companies? FTC chairman reinforces the idea that antitrust lawsuits should only be enforced to protect consumers, rather than having a punitive role just because a company is big.

    FTC settled with Facebook and Google for over 5 Billion dollars, protecting consumers.

    13b Act would be the one thing that the chairman would change, dealing with fraud and the ability to get monetary relief for consumers, which is currently tied up in court and needs clarification from congress, limiting the current ability of the FCC to bring enforcement actions.

    Another thing that the FTC wants to prioritize is healthcare cases w pharmaceutical transactions, for example brand name drugs paying off generics to stay out of the market, running up cost to consumers to the tune of 100s of Millions of dollars.

    FTC chairman is most proud of the Facebook and YouTube privacy cases during his teem so far. Companies are encouraged to contact the FTC with any concerns about anti-competitive practices.

    CTA CEO Gary Shapiro takes a quick jab at FCC chairman Ajit Pai for cancelling his appearance previously.

    FCC chairman reiterates the improvement in broadband connectivity ( 60%? improvement), encouraging 5g, "super Wi-Fi", more fiber deployment, etc.

    The barriers and constraints to build 5g are cost, massive scale, getting access to spectrum and finding qualified labor working at physically demanding thousand feet towers. Precision agriculture, rural areas coverage are some of the expansion areas that 5g should continue to improve.

    Unlicensed innovation in 6ghz and other spectrums should benefit consumers, FCC trying to remove spectrum constraints, sharing spectrum, etc.

    5g increases not only value but also the attack vectors for hacking and security vulnerabilities. FCC is working with other countries to create a "risk profile" for 5g hardware and ensure consumer and national security, also looking into software layer 5g innovation to both increase security and reduce cost.

    FCC trying to build on consistent legislation to be conductive in unencumbered new 5g deployment. FCC is also working on issues around the suicide prevention and mental health 988 line. FCC is working on reducing robocalls as well.

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    CES seems "huge" this year, with 4,400 exhibiting companies, including 1,200 startups. There are three enormous exhibit areas:

    Tech East - Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate
    Tech West - Sands Expo, Venetian/Palazzo, Wynn, Encore
    Tech South - ARIA, Park MGM/Park Theater, Vdara

    It seems all packed with boots, with the traditional large companies in the auto/consumer spaces in the LVCC North/Central halls, drones/consumer audio, 3d printers in the LVCC South Hall, while the "Innovation Awards", health/fitness, smart homes, and the interesting international startups in the "Eureka Park" are all in the Sands Expo Center. Networking/Wireless/Security is no longer contained in one spot in the LVCC South Hall, half the companies have migrated to the Sands Expo Center with IoT devices and "Smart Homes" it seems.

    As far as innovations in networking, there are more mesh routers, Wi-Fi 6 (also 6E) and 5g routers coming out. There are also a couple of interesting ideas in IoT security, like the Avast Omni, which is designed to be a network plugged device to secure all connected devices in your home. It plugs into a LAN port on your router, and then uses meta-data from your devices' traffic to identify threats. It uses big data, machine learning, and AI to capture meta-data of home network devices, and compare it with typical usage of other customers to alert you about threats, malware, etc. It is able to accomplish that by simply having it plugged into your home LAN. According to the company all threats are processed in real-time using their cloud-based platform, allowing them to respond to threats faster than other solutions.

    As far as innovation trends ,there are many more interesting home automation and IoT devices coming to the market, 5g seems a bit slow to take off in the US but it is on the horizon and it should be huge when it gets here. There are more advances in VR, AR, AI, huge 8K TV screens, more connected devices, smart pillows toilets and showers, smart electrical panels and "smart" everything you can imagine.

    Along with the trendy innovation, there is a countless array of other gizmos and interesting gadgets looking for their place in your home. There was a red Lamborghini with integrated Amazon Alexa, HVAC unit that uses recirculating water instead of freon, air-conditioned jacket (why not a t-shirt?), a fleet of foldable scooters and last-mile transportation gizmos, 3d printers, drones, robots, a "brain" control for VR apps by simply focusing on areas/things/numbers, etc. Another notable first appearance in the health sector was made by a couple of smart orgasm pleasure gizmos, something previously banned as obscene and controversial from CES.

    All in all, CES is always a melting pot of thousands of innovative devices, technologies and gizmos, mixture of talks and conference tracks giving a good overview of emerging trends not only in the US but the Global Tech market.

    TL;DR Expect many more smart gizmos, more IoT, more VR and faster connectivity.

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