Why Intel is filling the skies with drones

Above: Yuneec drone

Image Credit: Intel
by DEAN TAKAHASHI

Intel is flooding the skies with drones, doing everything from sending them out to inspect massive solar arrays  in the Mojave Desert to lighting the night sky above Disney World with 500 drones.

It’s all part of a virtuous cycle, according to Anil Nanduri, vice president in the new technology group and general manager of Intel’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The world’s biggest chip maker has moved beyond chips to focus on great outdoor experiences for users.

And drones are a good market because they use a lot of technology, including Intel’s RealSense depth cameras, and they produce an enormous amount of data. That data keeps the servers in data centers humming, and that creates more demand for Intel’s processors.

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