CES 2019: Intel, Comcast Aim to Upgrade Home Connectivity, Immersive Experiences

At CES 2019, Intel and Comcast are collaborating to redefine connectivity into and within the home. The partnership is focused on enabling gigabit and beyond broadband, enhancing wireless within the home and building a modern and adaptable infrastructure.

“The next wave of powerful connectivity to the home and within the home becomes more real today through the partnership between Intel and Comcast,” says Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager, Client Computing Group, Intel. “We are working together to lay the foundation for more powerful home networks and an intelligent network infrastructure that makes new immersive experiences possible.”

Why It Matters: It is estimated that each person in North America will have 13 or more connected devices by 2022, and demands are increasing for high-resolution content streaming, gaming and more. The collaboration between Intel and Comcast will deliver faster speeds, more capacity, and responsive networks that will bring new immersive experiences to millions of people, including during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“With connectivity increasingly at the center of our homes and lives, we’re focusing on redefining what people should expect from broadband service, delivering world-class speed, comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage and unique tools for customers to control their digital lives,” says Tony Werner, president, Technology, Product, Xperience, Comcast Cable. “Through our partnership with Intel, we’re not only delivering outstanding connected home experiences today, we’re building a platform to power the ultra-connected future.”

What It Looks Like: Delivering the benefits of Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds in the home requires both gigabit network speeds and PCs with 160 MHz technology. At CES 2019, Intel and Comcast are showing how it’s possible to deliver gigabit speeds from Comcast’s xFi Advanced Gateways to PCs based on 8th Gen Intel Core processors with integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi. People will soon realize the potential of Wi-Fi with up to 12 times2 faster connectivity speeds for faster sharing, streaming, and downloading. This makes it possible to smoothly stream 4K video, easily download and share large files, take gaming to the next level, and enjoy high-resolution video conferencing.

In addition, Intel and Comcast are working together to drive the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 – the next giant leap in Wi-Fi technology that is projected to deliver much faster and more responsive Wi-Fi. Comcast and Intel are working together to develop Wi-Fi 6-enabled technologies that are designed to deliver the fastest, best Wi-Fi customers have ever experienced.

In the future, homes with 50 or more devices and new technologies ranging from connected health to augmented reality will drive unprecedented demand for increased speed and capacity. For this next wave of gigabit broadband, Intel is working with Comcast and the world’s leading cable operators to develop a global standard for 10 Gigabit technology that will bring low-latency, multi-gigabit (up to 10 Gbps) performance, and symmetrical upload and download speeds. Intel will deliver 10 Gigabit-ready technology from the network infrastructure to home gateways to support the rollout.

Comcast is also working with Intel to implement a modern and adaptable infrastructure to more quickly roll out new and enhanced services to millions of people. Intel Xeon processors are helping Comcast deliver richer, real-time media and virtualize its network to cost-effectively manage capacity in real time. The virtualization of Comcast’s video and data platforms is in trials in multiple cities and will be scaled throughout Comcast’s network. Intel-based remote physical layer (PHY) devices will help Comcast deliver bandwidth on demand and further improve video quality as it rolls out multi-gigabit speeds.

What It will Enable:

  • Sports and entertainment content: The distribution of cutting-edge immersive content across sports and entertainment, to deliver viewing experiences like never before, starting with the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
  • VR gaming: A new tier of responsive virtual reality gaming experiences by optimizing the graphics processing between PCs and home gateway or network edge.
  • Volumetric content: Using Intel® RealSense™ technology and Intel Xeon processor-based servers, Comcast will be able to cost-effectively capture, process and deliver volumetric content in real time for smaller scale implementations – like training videos – to make high-quality, three-dimensional video content accessible to a broader set of people.
  • 360 video: With Intel’s video and networking expertise, Intel Xeon processor-based servers and Intel’s graphics accelerators, Comcast will expand its rich media services and deliver more immersive content, such as streaming high-resolution 8K content.

When I Can Get It: Comcast is evolving its network so that more people can start to experience Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds. At CES 2019, Comcast is showing the capacity to deliver gigabit speeds from its xFi Advanced Gateways to PCs based on 8th Gen Intel Core processors with integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi. Forthcoming advancements in Wi-Fi 6 are expected to enable a new level of home Wi-Fi that can handle the demands of many connected devices. Intel is a key technology partner as Comcast tests new 10 Gigabit technology in its labs today and starts trials in customer homes as early as spring 2020.

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