At the 2024 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opened in Las Vegas, U.S., on Jan 9, Lenovo showcased many new products and solutions. Many of the products and solutions are equipped with key technology innovations created, or facilitated, by Lenovo Research, a vital core technology provider of Lenovo. These include AI PC technology, glasses-free 3D display engine, vehicle computing, high-gloss stainless magnesium material, multi-mode, dual-system & dual-AI hybrid solutions for multi-modal laptops, and intelligent PC top cover color personalization technology.
- AI PC Technologies
Lenovo Research has built many key technologies for Lenovo AI PC. These include personal knowledge-driven foundation model generation & interaction, fine-tuned system control, industry-leading model compression & inference acceleration, and user scenario optimization. All the technologies enable Lenovo AI PC to deeply understand user needs, provide personalized services, and as a result, improve users’ life and work efficiency.
Personal knowledge: Through personal knowledge-driven foundation model generation & interaction, AI PC accurately captures users’ language habits and preferences and continuously learns and adapts based on users’ historical interactions, thus deeply understanding and responding to each user’s personalized needs.
Fine-tuned system control: Lenovo’s in-depth hardware understanding & control ensures efficient system operation and smooth user experience, while also enabling optimal data processing speed, resource allocation, and energy consumption management.
Lightweight and fast: Industry-leading model compression and inference acceleration technology significantly improves processing speed and enables lightweight and fast models.
Scenario Optimization: Provides customized optimization for different work scenarios to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.
- Glasses-Free 3D Display Engine
Lenovo’s glasses-free 3D display engine represents a significant innovation trend in today’s display technology. Centered around cutting-edge glasses-free 3D display technology, the engine can be used to construct a comprehensive 3D system-level display space. The essence of this technology lies in its ability to seamlessly integrate a series of application ecosystems, including its in-house, real-time, high-resolution 2D-to-3D applications and cross-application rendering display applications. This integration allows users to immerse themselves in a realistic 3D environment, while also enabling them to experience the ecological content of the 3D world.
Through this revolutionary technology from Lenovo, users can experience unprecedented 3D visual effects. Whether they are watching movies, playing games, or engaging in professional design work, they can enjoy a more three-dimensional and realistic experience. Moreover, Lenovo’s glasses-free 3D technology and solutions support rich 3D ecological resources, offering users a wide range of 3D content choices. This technology not only delivers better entertainment experiences but also opens new possibilities for professional applications in such fields as education, healthcare, and industrial design.
It’s worth noting that Lenovo’s glasses-free 3D display technology and solutions have also made significant advancements in ease of use. The display can intelligently recognize users’ viewing habits and, depending on the viewing angle and distance, adjust the 3D effects in real time to ensure the best visual experience. The launch of Lenovo’s glasses-free 3D display products and solutions not only showcases Lenovo’s innovative strength in the field of display technology, but also paves a new path for the development of the entire 3D display industry.
- Vehicle Computing
Lenovo Vehicle Computing showcased multi-level autonomous driving domain controllers and solutions.
Lenovo autonomous driving domain controller AD1 for L4 is based on NVIDIA Thor X platform. As an ultra-high performance domain controller, its single-chip CPU computing power can reach 630K Specint2K6, AI computing power 1000TOPS@INT8, and can flexibly allocate computing power according to different needs.
Lenovo intelligent driving domain controller AM1 for L2++ is based on TI TDA4VH platform, with CPU computing power of 100K DMIPS. It has rich ADAS functions such as Navigate on Autopilot (NOA), lane deviation warning (LDW) and Home Zone Parking (HPP).
In the new car market, L2 automated driving has become the standard configuration. Lenovo ADAS smart front camera AE1 is the latest entry-level automated driving solution released by Lenovo Vehicle Computing at CES 2024. AE1 is tailored for A0, and A-class cars priced at $7, 000 and below. Based on single V pure vision scheme, TI Sitara SoC is adopted, with small volume and low power consumption, as well as functional level safety. It is a cost-effective L2 automated driving solution in the industry.
Smart cockpit domain controllers VE1/VM1 launched by Lenovo Vehicle Computing adopt X9 series intelligent chips. Around View Monitor (AVM), driver monitoring system (DMS), Occupancy Monitoring System (OMS), Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Auto Parking Assist (APA) and other functional modules can be built in.
Also, intelligent interaction has become an important means to improve the driving experience. Lenovo Vehicle Computing has applied generative AI & foundation model technology to in-car intelligence. The team developed the AI compiler——SpeedWise based on a heterogeneous computing architecture to improve training and inference performance. At CES 2024, Lenovo demoed its fusion perception and interaction technologies based on AI foundation models, which run independently in the vehicle, including digital human simulation & interaction, 3D question-and-answer vehicle usage instructions, intelligent accident handling guidance to meet the needs of various application scenarios.
- High Gloss Stainless Magnesium
Consumer electronic products are becoming more and more beautiful, lightweight, and compact. How to make them lightweight while ensuring they are beautiful and of high quality has always been the challenge in the industry.
Magnesium alloys are the lightest engineering material on the Earth, which is 33% lighter than aluminum alloys that are currently being widely used. But traditional magnesium alloys are active and easily corroded, which seriously restricts their application scenarios.
Lenovo believes that “good-looking” and high corrosion resistance magnesium alloys have huge user value in consumer electronic products. And they are also of far-reaching strategic significance for the basic equipment manufacturing industry. By leveraging AI materials genome engineering to accelerate project optimization, and through continuous innovation and testing during the whole development process, Lenovo has successfully developed a commercially available high-gloss stainless magnesium alloy material for the first time in the industry. Its corrosion resistance is ten times that of current commercial magnesium alloys in the industry. And the new material formulation, smelting process, molding technology and coating process ensure that products using this material have a shiny metallic luster. The ThinkBook 13x Gen 4 laptop, released at CES 2024, is the industry’s first product made of the high gloss stainless magnesium material.
The successful development and commercialization of the high-gloss stainless magnesium alloy is a breakthrough in the field of basic material technology in China. It is also of far-reaching significance for lightweight consumer electronics, aerospace, transportation, and other equipment manufacturing industries.
- Multi-Mode, Dual-System, Dual-AI: Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid
Lenovo SMB&CPC and Lenovo Research jointly invented ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid, which is an innovative multi-mode, dual-system and dual-AI solution. It is the world first Hybrid PC, which seamlessly switches between laptop and tablet modes, and deliver a dual experience of Windows and Android systems. It is also a powerful AI PC enabled by the dual language and vision foundation models, and can meet the diverse needs of users.
If you connect the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid Station to an external monitor, you can perform multiple tasks with ease. And the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid Tab offers you Android tablet functionalities, like notetaking and media streaming. Combined with this flexible system, the Hybrid PC allows you to stream your favorite Android apps for business productivity to Windows, all with high resolution and low latency.
With its own powerful Intel Core Ultra processor, OS, and memory, the Hybrid Station unlocks new experiences by boosting AI-capable applications. In addition, the Lenovo LA3 AI chip and Lenovo Smart Meeting further enhance users’ work efficiency in many scenarios, e.g. online collaboration.
- Intelligent PC Top Cover Color Personalization: Lenovo ThinkBook 13x SPE
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x SPE, as the industry’s 1st revolutionary proof of concept of its kind, leads a trend of intelligent color personalization of laptops’ top covers. Its core features include low power consumption, ultra-thin design, and a wide range of color choices. With the support of cutting-edge technologies jointly developed by Lenovo SMB&CPC and Lenovo Research, e.g. miniaturized multimodal solutions and sophisticated color process control algorithms, users can customize up to 1,000 different patterns, freely expressing their personality and creativity.
The unique visual design of Lenovo SMB, the specialized development capability in EC/BIOS/software of BU R&D team, and the driver modules & algorithms developed by Lenovo Research, not only ensure excellent display effects of displayed images, but also precisely control the color and pace of the image changing process. This brings users a pleasant visual experience. The ultra-thin color changing module is easier to integrate, while the entire device remains lightweight. Ultra-low power consumption ensures that the color-changing top cover won’t impact the battery life – even when the system is powered off, the top cover can still keep changing.