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Intel will set up three Project Athena Open Labs to develop next generation laptops for 2020

By Wong Chung Wee - on 9 May 2019, 10:28am

Intel will set up three Project Athena Open Labs to develop next generation laptops for 2020

Image source: Intel

Intel has revealed plans to set up three Project Athena Open Labs in Taipei, Shanghai and Folsom, California to develop next generation laptops for 2020.

Image source: Intel

Project Athena was first announced at CES this year and this innovation program aims to bring purpose-built laptops to users, with an always-on, always-connected user experience. The early partners of Intel’s Project Athena include, Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, and the first Project Athena notebooks, operating on both Chrome and Windows operating systems, are expected to ship by middle of this year.

Image source: Intel

The innovation program labs are expected to begin operations in June 2019. Intel, with its team of engineers with system-on-chip (SOC) and platform power optimization expertise, will assist more hardware vendors to develop notebooks that are compliant with Project Athena specifications. Not only will the next generation notebooks feature long battery life in compact form factors, the new device will also make use of 5G and artificial intelligence to improve user experience.

With Intel throwing more weight behind Project Athena program, it will rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx compute platform in the race to provide both end-users and enterprise-level customers a computing platform whose UXP is akin to that of the ubiquitous smartphone.

Source: Intel (1), (2)

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