Intel said that it would ramp up the production of a new data centre chip in the Q1 and a new generation of chipmaking tech would become a key part of its output this year. “Ice Lake” server chips made on the 10-nanometer process would start ramping up production this quarter with the introduction of 50 new processor designs for PCs, 30 of those using the new 10-nanometer tech. It would also work on a lidar sensor, a laser-based device for vehicles to obtain a 3D view of the road.
The real estate sector went digital in 2020 to launch projects and sign rental agreements virtually, sell homes online. This year Godrej Properties sold ₹2,000 cr of inventory using digital tools, while Puravankara Ltd launched three projects virtually in June-July and showed key project features to 30,000 prospective buyers virtually. More and more buyers now demand to have 3D walkthroughs before shortlisting a property.
SoftBank’s robotics arm said it’ll bring a food service robot developed by California-based Bear Robotics to Japan as restaurants struggle with labour shortage and seek to ensure social distancing. Named Servi, the robot has 3 layers and is equipped with 3D cameras and LIDAR sensors for navigation. This launch uses SoftBank’s long experience in bring foreign technologies to Japan but moves away from CEO Masayoshi Son’s earlier focus on humanoid robots.
Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (KIAB), in partnership with Xovis, has installed a tech-based passenger flow management system to cut down waiting time. This will have better passenger flow management and raise operational efficiency. Airport ceilings are mounted with 3D sensors that calculate passenger flow information while the accompanying the software visualises the data on a dashboard.