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Intel Interns Compete In A Hackathon for Mathematics

 

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Interns across Intel campuses in Arizona, California and Oregon participated in a two-day hackathon weekend, where the theme was “code for good.” Interns were tasked with creating a game that was both fun to play and taught mathematics.

By Intel Free Press

Every summer, students from around the world take part in Intel’s highly sought after internship program, where students gain working experience at a major technology company and Intel taps into young, brilliant minds. It’s also an opportunity to learn about Intel through training and networking events that supplement actual project work.

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The 49ers' 'Smart' Stadium Is Set For Kickoff

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By Intel Free Press

Over three years in the making, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers this fall. Before the very first kickoff, Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes will host Seattle Sounders FC on August 2 as the first event at the new venue.

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The Risky Human In The Algorithmic Car

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MIT researcher Karl Iagnemma believes one of the biggest risks of self-driving cars is the Human-Machine Interface problem.

By Intel Free Press

Depending on where you get your news, the phrase “autonomous vehicle” can mean anything from a benign self-driving Prius to a sentient and rampaging four-wheeled Terminator. But this image of a machine may be rooted more in science fiction than science fact.

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Intel On The Outside: The Chip King's Wearables Strategy

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Intel missed the mobile market but it is determined not to miss out on wearables. Mike Bell, Intel vice president and general manager of the company’s New Devices Group; and Jeff Holove, now a general manager in Bell’s New Devices Group  discuss Intel’s strategies.

By Intel Free Press

In March, Intel announced it had completed the acquisition of Basis Science Inc., a privately held company specializing in wearable device technologies for health and wellness. With major industry players like Apple, Google, Samsung, Intel and others racing to grab a share of the expected $8 billion wearables market by 2018, the Basis acquisition was viewed as a move that would help Intel accelerate its wearable focus. 

Q. What is Intel’s wearable strategy?

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Where's Wireless Charging? An Old Idea Gathering Momentum

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Wireless power pioneer Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab building, seen in 1904. (Image source: commons.wikimedia.org)

By Intel Free Press

If you’ve been keeping up with trade shows and tech blogs, you might think that some new breakthrough in wireless energy transfer has taken place in the past year. It hasn’t.

Intel and others have been talking about wireless charging for years. Intel’s former lab located at the University of Washington in Seattle had wireless charging as part of its charter. And in 2009 researchers were demonstrating a magnetic resonance project sending radio signals and power in the same transmission.

Today, the idea and the technology is gaining momentum.

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Intel Woos App Makers

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By Intel Free Press

When Asus announced its first Android smartphones several months ago, the top-five PC maker played up the product line’s range of sizes, a new interface called ZenUI and an array of striking pastel colors.

But the company’s announcement also included mention of a factory-installed feature that it didn’t even make — an app called Omlet Chat that was developed by MobiSocial, a startup comprising Stanford University computer science Professor Monica Lam and three doctoral students.

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The Soviet Union's First Computer Engineer - Intel Fellow Boris Babayan

 

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Eighty-year old Boris Babayan was the chief designer of the Soviet Union's Elbrus supercomputer, a unique combination of real-time control and high-performance.

 By Intel Free Press

Babayan, 80, began his student career in 1951 doing some of the world’s earliest work in computer science, including inventing one of the ways that computers execute calculations: carry-save arithmetic, which is still used today. He became one of the pioneers of supercomputing during the Soviet-era.

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An Internet Of Bicycles - Intel's Open Bike Initiative

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Members of the Intel Open Bike Initiative at a recent event at the Portland Art Museum.

By Intel Free Press

A volunteer team consisting of members of the Oregon Transportation and Education Consortium, the Westside Transportation Alliance, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Community Cycling Center, Intel employees and other volunteers is collectively spinning their cognitive wheels in hopes of developing the next generation of bike sharing.

The group is working to improve on previous bike sharing arrangements by reducing infrastructure costs, connecting riders via IoT devices, and removing traditional bicycle check-out “hub” requirements.

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Analysis:Shakeup As Intel Taps An Outsider For Crucial CMO Post

The appointment yesterday of Steve Fund from Staples, as CMO of Intel, shows that Brian Krzanich, CEO wants to shake up Intel’s insider culture by appointing from outside the organization. 

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The Fashion For Wearable Gadgets

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Hardware projects such as Pebble have been getting a boost from Kickstarter…

By Intel Free Press

Eric Migicovsky is watching Google’s moves into wearables closely and hoping that his company’s open platform approach will be a key differentiator amid the growing excitement around wearable computing. That was one of many observations from the Pebble CEO at an event sponsored by ReadWrite at Say Media headquarters in San Francisco.

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Chromebooks Go To School As Classrooms Seek Large Cost Savings

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Google claims that the low-cost notebooks can save schools as much as $5,200 per device over three years.

By Intel Free Press

Apple and Microsoft have long dominated the education market as the preferred computing platforms for grades K-12 in the US, but Google — and Samsung — are emerging as significant challengers with a new crop of Chromebooks for schools. Citing low cost, quick boot times, easy maintenance, and increasing use of web-based applications, schools throughout the country are increasingly looking to Chromebooks for their computing needs, according to analysts and school district IT managers.

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Wearables: Putting Technology Second - Humans First

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The ‘Human Factor’ is often overlooked in wearable computing…searching for feelings and emotions amid the technology.

By Intel Free Press

Designers and engineers often create code or cool new hardware without thinking as much about the human side of the technology. At a recent Intel workshop that might be seen as counter-intuitive, engineers were being trained to think about real-world applications first, the technology itself second.

“Don’t build with technology just for the heck of building a piece of tech. Build for a purpose, for the user,” said Carlos Montesinos, a research scientist at Intel on collaborative design who co-sponsored the workshop. “Design with the user in mind and then technology will follow.”

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Women In Tech: Award Winning Chip Scientist Kelin Kuhn

 

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By Intel Free Press 

Though it has been more than a decade and a half since she left the “publish or perish” world of the university, Kelin Kuhn is still writing papers and award-winning ones at that.

Kuhn, who is an Intel Fellow for the company’s Technology and Manufacturing Group and director of advanced device technology, was recently presented with the IEEE’s Paul Rappaport Award. The award recognizes the best paper annually in a publication of the IEEE Electron Devices Society.

Kuhn says, her paper “Considerations for Ultimate CMOS Scaling” is about “all the intricate things we have to worry about when we build super advanced short channel devices.”

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This Is How Stephen Hawking Rolls... With A Posse Of Intel Engineers

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By Intel Free Press

Intel engineers have created a custom-built computer system for Stephen Hawking, the British theoretical astrophysicist, for his travels. He is completely dependent on his chair for communications, now, if there is a problem he can be quickly transferred to a backup chair. 

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Intel CMO Is Leaving Amid Other Changes At Chip Giant

Deborah Conrad, Chief Marketing Officer at Intel,  is leaving in April. The company said it has not yet found a replacement.

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A Glimpse Into Intel's Wireless Future

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Above, Intel’s invite-only wireless lab previews upcoming technologies.

Intel is working hard to catch up with Qualcomm and ARM in mobile and wireless technologies, and it is trying to jump ahead to where it thinks the market will be in a couple of years. Here’s a look at what’s in store…

By Intel Free Press

At the very back of the Intel booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in a space about the size of a 16-person conference room, a small group of Intel wireless experts showed off about a dozen invite-only demonstrations of the company’s latest wireless breakthroughs.

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Intel Hires 16yr Old Prodigy

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16-year-old Joey Hudy is the youngest ever hired for Intel’s corporate internship program.

By Intel Free Press

At the White House Science Fair last year, 16-year-old Joey Hudy demonstrated for President Obama the air cannon he’d built from PVC pipe. “Congratulations!” said the president, after Joey fired a marshmallow over the heads of the press corps and smooshed it into a White House wall.

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Interview: Hank Skorny Leads Intel Services Push - 'Don’t Skate Too Far Ahead Of The Puck'

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Intel is building up its services operation with Hank Skorny, GM (above).

By Intel Free Press

Hank Skorny, a 25-year veteran of the software and mobile services industry, knows well the challenge of escalating expectations. He joined Intel in 2011 and leads the company’s growing services business. 

As an industry veteran, how have you seen software development change?

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Old Technologies Fade But Don't Go Away: Fax Machines, Typewriters And Floppies

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By Intel Free Press

With technology ever moving forward, it’s easy to forget about all those once invaluable old technology gadgets you’ve cast aside in favor of the latest and greatest innovations. But we typically don’t get rid of the old tech; some of it sits around the house or the office gathering dust, while other items are used in a more limited fashion. You might have thought these seven technologies were extinct, but they’re still being used. How many of these do you still use?

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Touchscreens Are A Terrible UI For The Blind And Dyslexic

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Above, David Poisner, Intel senior principal engineer has 73 patents.

By Intel Free Press

Smartphones put computing power in our pockets, but they can create a digital divide of sorts that the blind and dyslexic struggle to cross, according to an engineer who has invented technologies to help the visually impaired.

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Electronics Arts Founder Says 'Spectacular Usability' Will Make New Markets

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Trip Hawkins (above left) is a legend in the gaming industry. He was recently interviewed by New York Times reporter John Markoff at the Computer History Museum as part of its "Revolutionaries" series,  sponsored by Intel.

Trip Hawkins says gesture was the real breakthrough for the iPhone...

By Intel Free Press

The Apple iPhone is widely credited with sparking the smartphone revolution. But according to a gaming industry legend and early Apple employee the now familiar touch screen wasn't the key to the success of the iPhone.

"The real breakthrough on the iPhone wasn't touch, it was swipe -- that's a gesture," said Trip Hawkins, who is perhaps best known as the founder of Electronic Arts. Hawkins, who was at Apple in the pre-Macintosh days, also founded video game development company Digital Chocolate.

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Senior Intel Exec Out As CEO Tightens Focus

Organizational changes by Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich has led to the departure of Dadi "David" Perlmutter, head of Intel Arhitecture Group. He was the most senior of Intel's Israeli executives, representing the company's sizable operations in Israel, and a 34 year veteran.

One key question is if he will seek a position at Intel's rival Qualcomm where his knowledge of Intel's plans could become a major problem.

Intel said:

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Reaching For The TV-Off Switch: Intel CEO Has Far More Urgent Priorities - How To Scale Its Fabs

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich needs a high-end smart phone chip.

Intel's [$INTC] plans to offer a streaming TV service by the end of this year is on the ropes and its prospects have greatly diminished under new CEO Brian Krzanich.

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People familiar with Intel's plans said the company has been talking to both Amazon and Samsung in the hope of keeping the service afloat.

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The Technology of Umpires At The America's Cup

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People at Oracle World on Wednesday watching Larry Ellison's team win the America's Cup in a spectacular finish. 

By Intel Free Press

“America’s Cup racing is more aggressive in its use of technology, particularly in officiating, than any other sport. Baseball uses lots of data, but the umpire still calls balls and strikes,” said Stan Honey, director of technology for the America’s Cup Event Authority. “The America’s Cup has chosen to use data to make (officiating) calls in real time — all calls based on measurement are made in the booth using data and subjective judgment calls are made by officials out on the water.”

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New Brooms At Intel Want Change - Good Luck With That

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Diane Bryant, senior vice president heads Intel's Datacenter business group.

The Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco, is Intel's most important event of the year because it's a chance for its top executives to talk about future strategy.

Unfortunately, it's also the time of the year when Apple usually announces new products, and there's multiple conferences in town,  so it's always tough getting attention. But it's especially important for Intel this year because  it has a new CEO in Brian Krzanich, and a new president, Renee James.

It's a coup for Intel's communications team to get some attention from the New York Times in a very news-heavy week. Veteran reporter Quentin Hardy spoke with Ms. James about: Intel's Extensive Makeover

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Intel's New CEO Pledges To Wrestle Mobile Markets From ARM

At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich spoke about the future strategy for the world's largest chipmaker, predicting $100 tablets, and large markets for wearable computers.

Dean Takahashi at Venturebeat, reported that Intel won't give ground to the UK chip company ARM, which has been more successful than Intel in tablet and mobile markets. Intel CEO announces 14-nanometer processors, predicts sub-$100 tablets | VentureBeat

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Intel Outside: New Initiative With Wearable Computers

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Steve Holmes, vice president of Intel’s New Devices Group.

By Intel Free Press

Intel has quietly hired two high-profile engineers who have joined the company’s secretive “new devices” group run by Mike Bell.

Steve Holmes, one of the designers who worked on the popular Nike FuelBand, was hired about 12 months ago and Hans Moritz, who led development of the Oakley Airwave heads-up goggle display, Switchlock series eyewear and watch program, was just recently hired.

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Qualcomm CEO Worried About End Of Moore's Law

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Paul Jacobs heads San Diego based Qualcomm — the world's largest fabless chip maker. 

By Intel Free Press

Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm, was recently at the Computer History museum speaking about his career,  tablets, the growing mobile ecosystem, the establishment of the CDMA standard and the company’s digital sixth sense vision.

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Interview: Jeff Solomon - Co-Founder Of Venice Beach Incubator Amplify

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Jeff Solomon is one of the top entrepreneurs in LA's "Silicon Beach."

By Intel Free Press

Entrepreneur Jeff Solomon says it’s the crazy ideas that have the power to transform industries. He is a co-founder and executive director of Amplify, a startup accelerator and co-working community that’s part of the thriving Silicon Beach scene on Los Angeles’ Westside. 

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Telepresence Robots Roam Free At Intel

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Five-foot tall robots roam the halls of the Intel's offices, popping into cubicles for quick chats and rolling into meetings.

By Intel Free Press

When a telepresence robot wheels into a meeting, the screen displays streaming video from the user’s webcam. The robot’s video camera, microphone and speakers send a live stream from the room back to the person in another location. The wheeled robots can be driven remotely from a laptop, freeing them to move around the room or extend face-to-face collaboration to other locations.

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Will Software Developers Be Able To Keep Moore's Law Alive?

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I disagree with this article from Intel Free Press, here is my argument: Hardware Is King, Software Is A Spoilt Brat Grown Fat Suckling On The Teats Of Chip Industry Innovation

By Intel Free Press

Krste Asanovic, a computer science professor at University of California, Berkeley (above) believes chip-savvy software developers can keep Moore's Law alive. 

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Interview: Motorola Vet Roger Jellicoe Is Helping Intel Makes World's 'Best Phone'

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Interview with Roger Jellicoe, head of R&D for devices in the Intel Mobile and Communications Group.

By Intel Free Press

When Motorola veteran Roger Jellicoe joined Intel last year, The Register called it "an awesome coup" and declared that "Jellicoe is well known in the technical parts of the industry for understanding how to pull together complex projects."

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Intel The Software Company - Aggressive Campaign To Poach Seattle's Software Engineers

It does't take many people to make chips these days because of highly automated fabs but Intel needs a lot of software engineers.

By Intel Free Press

As Intel steps up its efforts on Android-based tablets and affordable laptops, the company is pulling out all the stops to hire software engineers in Microsoft's backyard.

The company recently established a new campus in Redmond, Wash. and is working at a feverish pace to staff it with software expertise, even resorting to advertising on the sides of local buses, an ad takeover of the Seattle Times' home page and throwing cash incentives at current Intel employees who refer friends.

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Researchers Work On Ambient Free Energy For 'Internet Of Things'

Will "Internet of Things" Demand Perpetual Power?

By Intel Free Press

In the future, computers will sense what we are doing, where we are going and the very context of lives. However, the promise of the so-called Internet of Things won't become reality without a new generation of pervasive computing systems that use "perpetual power" to keep running indefinitely.

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Analysis: The Hand Of Retired CEO Andy Grove Is Seen In Intel's New Leadership

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Foremski's Take: Most Intel watchers are agreed, that Intel's new CEO, insider Brian Krzanich, is a safe choice but that Intel needed someone to "rock the boat." 

They miss the fact that Intel is a supertanker, you can't rock a supertanker no matter how much you jump up and down - you can just gradually change its direction.

What they also miss is the new Ms. in the executive office: Renee James, the new President, the partner to Mr. Krzanich in Intel's  "two-in-a-box" leadership team.

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As SVW Advised: Intel Doubles-Up On Leadership - Replaces CEO Paul Otellini with Brian Krzanich and Renee James

Intel's board has named Brian Krzanich and Renee James to replace retiring CEO Paul Otellini.

Intel names chief operating officer to succeed CEO Otellini, as chipmaker sees industry shift - Winnipeg Free Press

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Meet Intel's King Makers - A Truly Exemplary Board Of Directors

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Intel's secret ace-in-the hole is that it has one of the world's top board of directors (above), a diverse and independent group of leaders – an exemplary example of corporate governance of the highest order. It scored a perfect ten by GovernanceMetrics International. Only 21 other boards have received this highest recognition, out of more than 2100 global corporations.

It's a board currently under tremendous pressure, and has just days to prove itself to shareholders, in one of the most important decisions it will ever make. 

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Intel Moves Into Media Technologies With Mashery Acquisition

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Oren Michels, CEO of Mashery.

Intel is beefing up its software offerings with a reported acquisition of Mashery, based in San Francisco.

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The HTML5 Promise: Responsive Web Design For Any Screen

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This article is timely because I just finished building a responsive version of SVW in Zurb's Foundation 4 "mobile-first" framework. Responsive HTML is the future compared to apps because of the huge number of devices.

By Intel Free Press

The difference between a smartphone and a tablet was once clear, but as new device sizes and categories emerge -- such as the phablet -- the line between form factors has blurred. Though hardware may be a moving target, consumers nonetheless expect to faultlessly view Web pages regardless of the screen size, which poses a thorny challenge for Web designers.

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Thomas Edison: More Than Just A Bright Bulb - The Invention Of Modern America

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Ernest Freeberg is the author of "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America." He was recently interviewed at the Computer History Museum in Santa Clara on the legacy of Edison's R&D approach, its visible impact on the tech industry today, the challenges of controlling IP, and the myth of the lone inventor.

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Intel's Craig Barrett - From Forest Ranger To Materials Scientist

Craig Barrett, former CEO of Intel, discusses his 35 year career in this video. He originally wanted to become a forest ranger yet ended up studying materials science and went onto becoming a professor at Stanford university on a journey that led to running the world's largest chip maker.

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Sean Maloney: The Man Who Could Have Led Intel

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Sean Maloney (above) spent nearly three decades being groomed for Intel's top job then he suffered a devastating stroke. Here's his remarkable story of recovery.

By Intel Free Press

On the car ride home from the hospital after suffering a stroke in February 2010, Intel executive Sean Maloney insisted that his wife take him to his boat. With little use of his right arm, he could only row in circles, but he was nonetheless determined to prove wrong his doctor's prognosis that he'd never row his scull again.

The same drive that got him back into his boat enabled him to re-learn how to speak and ultimately return to work to become chairman of Intel China, leading the company's largest market.

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Where Is Intel's New CEO? Should There Be Two?


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Paul Otellini (left), succeeded Craig Barrett (center) as Intel CEO. Sean Maloney, right, was expected to be the next CEO.

With just weeks to go, Intel, the world's largest chipmaker has yet to name a new CEO even though it's had nearly four months since Paul Otellini made a surprise announcement that he would retire in May 2013.

This is a very unusual situation because Intel has a long tradition of providing a clear CEO succession path well ahead of any changes.

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The Million Dollar Power Of Big Math

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By Intel Free Press

During his 25 years with Intel, Karl Kempf has helped solve problems in its manufacturing and supply chain and make product design and development decisions. He's done it using mathematics.

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Father-Daughter Software Engineers Compete In Robot Cage Fights

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By Intel Free Press

The contestants competing in "Robot Combat League," the new Syfy reality series featuring 8-foot-tall, 1,000-pound robots doing battle in an arena, include a father-daughter duo confident that their shared software engineering background gives them a competitive edge.

They are up against formidable opponents: a professional MMA fighter, a NASA robotics engineer, an Olympic athlete, and a Mattel toy engineer

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Collaborate Or Fail: The New Corporate Ethos Of The Innovation Economy

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Interview with Adam Pisoni (above), co-founder of Yammer.

By Intel Free Press

 

At a time when many doubted social networking could benefit a business' bottom line, Yammer hit the scene with a service that many called "Twitter for the Enterprise."

More than 5 million corporate employees, 85 percent of which are at Fortune 500 companies, reportedly use Yammer.That success drove Microsoft to pay $1.2 billion last year to acquire the private, social network, with ambitions to roll Yammer features into Microsoft's SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 applications.

Yammer co-founder and CTO Adam Pisoni sat down to talk about why empowering employees is central to his product and essential for any business that wants to thrive in today's fast-paced world.

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The Emergent Mobile Woman - Squeezing The Global Gender Gap in Mobile Technologies

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Trina DasGupta (above) directs the GSMA mWomen organization, which operates under a cloud of disheartening data. Its research shows that there are more than 300 million women missing from the global mobile communications revolution. 

She recently discussed how her program serves as a mobile-minded advocate for disadvantaged women and as a catalyst in the creation of life-enhancing mobile services such as healthcare, finance, education and entrepreneurship.

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Intel: The Software Company - Interview With Software Head Doug Fisher

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Intel is a giant software company as well as the world's largest chip maker. Here's an interview with Doug Fisher (above) head of Intel's Systems Software group.

By Intel Free Press

Making sure the world's most popular server, PC and device system software -- among them Oracle's Database, Microsoft's Windows, Google's Android and Chrome OS, and even Apple's Mac OS X -- provide the best possible user experience is a daunting challenge.

Even more so, when that mandate extends from phones to cars and digital signs to PCs on up to servers and the cloud. But such is everyday life for the software experts in Intel's System Software Division.

Doug Fisher, general manager of the Systems Software Division joined Intel in 1995 after 10 years at HP.


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Silicon Wafer Not Cake For Stephen Hawking's 71st Birthday

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Stephen Hawking was presented with a commemorative "Happy Birthday" 300-millimeter silicon wafer by Martin Curley, vice president of Intel Labs Europe.

By Intel Free Press

Prof. Stephen Hawking showed no signs that his hunger for computer performance has slowed during his 71st birthday celebration this week at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge, England. Hawking was honored with a unique silicon wafer etched with nanoscale letters.

Since his 20s, Hawking has battled a motor neuron disease related to Lou Gehrig's disease). Over the years the disease has forced him to rely on special computer technology to help him speak. In recent years his speaking rate has slowed to one word per minute.

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Will 'Digital Natives' Want To Buy Cars?

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Younger generations don't seem to want to own cars, or even like cars because of their pollution and high carbon footprints...will that change?

 By Intel Free Press

 Past generations believed that owning a car was the ticket to an upwardly mobile lifestyle, but today many young people are opting out of car ownership in favor of the mobile experiences they get from smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Online experiences are growing in importance and grabbing mindshare from cars, particularly among teens and twentysomethings. Research from Gartner indicates that 30 percent of the 18- to 24-year-old vehicle owners in the United States would likely choose Internet access over owning a vehicle if given only a single choice. That drops to 12 percent for drivers 54 years and older.

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Intel's Quest For Leadership - Who Will Run The World's Largest Chip Company?

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Intel will announce a new CEO later this year as Paul Otellini retires in May but who that person will be is not yet known. It would likely have been Sean Maloney, who retires this month, if it were not for a massive stroke in 2010.

The British executive spent 30 years at Intel, working closely with CEO Andrew Grove as his technical assistant, and then heading several business groups. Mr Maloney has a stellar reputation at Intel as being able to tackle some of the toughest problems around.

He also has a great reputation within Silicon Valley, and has been approached many times to lead other tech companies such as Hewlett-Packard.

Mr Otellini recently said that the next CEO will come from within Intel rather than from outside despite Intel's board saying that it would also consider outside candidates. Mr Otellini believes that an insider is needed to understand Intel's processes and culture, a task that could take "two years."

Mr Maloney's deep knowledge of nearly all aspects of Intel's business, plus his position as TA to the CEO - a key path that Mr Otellini followed -- would have made him the ideal replacement.

Who will Intel choose? It's unusual for Intel not to have its succession plans laid out clearly.

Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight64, points to two internal candidates:

Brian Krzanich, COO and head of worldwide manufacturing; and Stacy Smith, CFO and director of corporate strategy occupy the pole positions. Both saw "executive vice president" added to their titles in the same press release that announced Otellini's planned retirement.

Krzanich oversees Intel's vast network of multi-billion dollar fabs, and accounts for the vast majority of Intel's capital expenditures. Moreover, he was named Chief Operating Officer early this year...

Smith, who labored for years under Andy Bryant's considerable shadow, was named CFO in 2007 and has both a wide and deep understanding of how Intel functions.

While we wait for the decision by Intel's board of directors, here is an interview with Sean Maloney, retiring Chairman of Intel China, looking back at his remarkable career.

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Robert Noyce And The Invention Of Silicon Valley

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By Intel Free Press

Intel is one of Silicon Valley's oldest tech companies, co-founded by Robert Noyce, the first to create a practical semiconductor transistor -- the basic building block of our digital world.

In this interview with his biographer Leslie Berlin, who wrote, "The Man Behind the Microchip," Robert Noyce is remembered for his pivotal part in the creation of Silicon Valley and his role in mentoring local celebrities such as Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple.

He would have been 85 years in old this month if he hadn't died in 1990 at age 62.

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12 Ways To Bring Coal To Cyber Criminals During The Holiday Season

By Intel Free Press

Every year, crooks take advantage of the holiday season, using fake websites, emails and other tricks of their unsavory trade to steal your personal information.

Here are some things to look out for and steps you can take to boost your holiday cybersecurity.

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Interview With Intel Employee #22 - Surviving 30 Years


Ted Jenkins (circled) was personally recruited by co-founders Gordon Moore and Andy Grove, and once managed Paul Otellini, Intel's current CEO. This photo is from 1969 when Intel had just 106 staff, (104,000 today).

By Intel Free Press

Robert "Ted" Jenkins was Intel's employee No. 22 and was hired away from Fairchild Semiconductor by co-founder Gordon Moore and Andy Grove in 1968. Now 69, Jenkins retired in 1999.

Over the course of his career, he worked directly for Grove, and future Intel CEO Paul Otellini reported to him during the early 1980s. Along the way he and the teams he led filed thousands of patents.

Paul Otellini worked for you in 1983 when you were GM of the Peripheral Components Division. What do you make of his recent retirement announcement?

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SF Startup Bets On Two-Wheel Electric "Cars"

Lit Motors founder Danny Kim leans into the C1 electric vehicle prototype, which runs 200 miles on just $1 of electric power.

By Intel Free Press

Lit Motors plans to bring balance to urban commuters with a gyroscopically controlled electric smart car.

A recent study by J.D. Power and Associates determined that unless prices come down and the economic benefits aren't better explained, electric cars will continue to account for only a small portion of overall vehicle sales.

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Viddy's 15-second Video "Tweets" - Video For The Mobile Age

"I think 100 percent of innovation is driven by your ability to fail quickly and your ability to learn [from it] and evolve," says JJ Aguhob, Viddy president and co-founder.

Viddy President JJ Aguhob compares the video clips that Viddy users create to Tweets for the Southern California entertainment community, boldly claiming that "Fifteen-second Viddys are the '140 characters' of video for people in Hollywood." In an interview, Aguhob, who co-founded the company based in Los Angeles' emerging "Silicon Beach" with Brett O'Brien and Chris Ovitz, discussed mobility spurring creativity, experimentation fueling innovation and the end of form factors.

What has the so-called "mobile revolution" meant for entrepreneurs and startups?

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Don't Trash Your Old Smartphone - 13 Reuse Ideas

Every time you upgrade your old smartphone it can become a new smartphone for someone else, or you can find some dedicated uses for it around the home. Here are a few ideas from Intel:

- Child's toy

There are many educational smartphone apps. Kids can take advantage of these apps, as well as games and the internal camera, and you won't have to buy them a new phone. You can also stock it full of Disney songs and keep your youngster humming for weeks.

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Kiva Interview: Start Your Own Foundation With $25 - Via Your Smartphone

You don't have to be Bill Gates to make an extraordinary difference in the world, says Kiva President Premal Shah (above).

By Intel Free Press

As president of Kiva, a non-profit micro-lender, Premal Shah helps connect low-income entrepreneurs with financing that he describes as "micro-finance meets Match.com."

Shah recently wrote that "if each of us lent as little as $25 to be a part of 'crowdfunding' a loan to a small business owner, the funding gap that stunts job growth and economic recovery would begin to be filled."

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Chris Shipley Interview: How Tech Boosts Human Aspirations

By Intel Free Press

Former journalist Chris Shipley, CEO of Guidewire Labs, sees technology ratcheting up human aspirations.

She says that as people come to rely more on technology and even to expect it, the space between anyone and anywhere has shrunk to a single click.

In a recent interview, Shipley reflected on her years reviewing laptops and shared her perspective on how the evolution of computing from early laptops to today's mobile devices keeps raising expectations.

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Intel's Battle With ARM Is About Making Its Future Fabs Viable

Many Intel watchers are concerned that the world's largest semiconductor company hasn't been able to break into the smart phone and tablet markets, which will lead to serious consequences.


Intel barely registers a blip as a supplier to smartphone and tablet makers yet it dominates all other microprocessor markets. British chip design company ARM has a near monopoly because they use less battery power and can be easily customized for each product.

How is it that a small 27 year old company like ARM, which reported just $213 million in revenues in its most recent quarter, is considered such a huge threat to Intel, which reported $13.5 billion, nearly 64 times as much?

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Intel's Sean Maloney To Retire

I was sorry to see that Sean Maloney, Intel executive vice president and chairman of Intel China announced that he will retire in January 2013.

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Making Healthcare The Next 'Space Race'

Building out new infrastructure, tools and services for a 21 century healthcare system is the modern day equivalent of last century's space race, according to Eric Dishman, GM of health strategy and solutions at Intel.

By Intel Free Press

Fear of falling behind the Soviet Union in the space race drove U.S. legislators, scientists and industry leaders to radically reform the government's role in technology research and development.

A new commitment driven by the same type of fear might be the shot in the arm needed to save America's troubled healthcare system, according to one healthcare technology expert.

Medical technology innovation, once largely centered in the United States is shifting to other countries. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers research, more cutting-edge healthcare products and services come to market in Europe first, and over the next decade China, Brazil and India will outpace the United States in medical technology innovation.

Yet, amid the presidential election, the focus domestically is on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act while the international innovation gap widens.

Technology is crucial not only to managing costs and improving the quality of care, it can also spur new international opportunities for healthcare companies in America, says Eric Dishman, an Intel Fellow and general manager of health strategy and solutions.

In a recent interview, he discussed how consumer technologies could support a preventive care system and opportunities for healthcare companies to export cutting-edge services, expertise and equipment.

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Eric Berlow: 'Big Data Is Controlled By Big Business' - Making Data Vibrant And Public

Eric Berlow, an ecologist and network scientist, sketches a flowchart to illustrate what happens in the lifecycle of publicly shared data.

By Intel Free Press

Ecologist turned network scientist Eric Berlow is tapping top experts to make public data more useful, meaningful and accessible.

Eric Berlow plans to catalyze and democratize big data.

Berlow is dead serious about it. He believes big data is controlled by big business when it should be openly available to the public.

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Mark Hatch - TechShop CEO: Sharing The Top Tools Of The Industrial Age

Why have a gym membership that you don't use when you can get a membership to a local TechShop, and share access to the top tools of our industrial world, plus a community of creators and innovators.


By Intel Free Press

The world's fastest electric motorcycle -- top speed 218 mph- was built at TechShop. So was President Obama's iPad case, the prototypes for Square, the smartphone dongle that businesses can use to swipe credit cards and a host of other Kickstarter projects.

TechShop is a national chain of membership-based do-it-yourself fabrication workshops that provide access to professional equipment and expert advice for a monthly fee.

"We are giving people access to the tools of the industrial revolution for the cost of a bad Starbuck's addiction. They are changing the world as a result," said TechShop CEO Mark Hatch (above).

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Interview: Ericsson Remakes Itself Around Open Innovation

(Patrik Regardh, head of strategic marketing, Ericsson.)

By Intel Free Press

Ericsson's head of strategic marketing, Patrik Regardh, talks about how the company has changed its approach to innovation to adapt with the times and the blurring lines between our physical and digital worlds.

As mobile technology continues to shape the way we interact globally, Ericsson, the world's largest maker of mobile telecommunications equipment, is redefining its approach to innovation.

It's not the first time the Stockholm, Sweden-based company has changed with the times. The company was founded in 1876 as a telegraph equipment repair shop. As technology advanced, the company shifted into telephone exchanges and eventually mobile telecom.

Innovative product development has helped carry the company through those evolutions from introducing the world's first fully automatic mobile telephone system in 1956 to an early hands-free speakerphone in the 1960s to inventing the Bluetooth standard in 1994.

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The Disappearing Disk Drive - Flash Taking Over

"We're not talking 10, 20 percent improvement here. It (SSDs) can be 10 times more reliable. It can be a thousand times faster than a hard disk. This is very disruptive." -- Rob Crooke, vice president, general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group

By Intel Free Press

Smartphones and tablets start almost instantly. Search engines deliver results before you finish typing a query. NAND, [a type of flash memory] makes it possible.

Industry analyst group IHS predicts that flash memory shipments will reach 16.3 billion gigabytes by 2015, up from 1.6 billion in 2011.

Recently, Rob Crooke, vice president, general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, took time to discuss the competitive landscape, the growing demand for SSDs and how NAND will "disrupt" the computing industry.

If the CPU is the brains of a PC, what is NAND?

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Intel China Chairman On: Lessons From Deng Xiaoping And Andy Grove

(Sean Maloney - Chairman of Intel China.)

By Sean Maloney - Chairman of Intel China

"Not fooled by success, or stopped by failure." What we can learn from Deng Xiaoping and Andy Grove.

China's market has undergone explosive growth in the past decade. China is already No. 1 in many industries: steel production, auto manufacturing, PCs, smartphones -- the list goes on. But this is only the start. In 5 years' time, China's PC market is forecast to be twice the size of the U.S. market.

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Ready, Set, Go! The Ancient Olympic Technology Of Fair Starts

A modern version of the ancient hysplex starting mechanism was reconstructed in the stadium at Nemea, Greece in 1993.

By Intel Free Press

When Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin kneel in the starting blocks for the men's 100 meters at the 2012 London Olympic Games, a phalanx of timing and monitoring equipment will ensure a fair start.

The cutting-edge technology that starts the race that unofficially crowns the world's fastest man actually descends from crude catapult tech used to start sprints at the ancient Greek Olympiad.

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The Challenge Of Building A 'Moore's Law' For Healthcare

I've often marveled at how healthcare has managed to resist the productivity gains that computers and IT, have enabled in so many other industries. By making healthcare more efficient the outcome should be lower, not higher costs. Here's an interesting perspective on this subject.

By Intel Free Press

As Intel's resident MD, Mark Blatt (above) doesn't wear a stethoscope around his neck and he doesn't treat employees. Instead of medical devices, his tools are tablets, smartphones, wireless networks and relational databases.

The doctor-turned-technology evangelist is seeking ways to double the number of patients that a doctor sees while cutting the cost of treating them by half or more.

To reach that goal, Intel's worldwide medical director draws on the same principles that Intel has applied to semiconductor manufacturing -- pursuing what he calls it a "Moore's Law for healthcare" to slash costs.

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Are You Ready For The Human--Cell Phone Mind Meld?

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("You think you like your cell phone now? Imagine when they can read your thoughts," says researcher Joshua Smith (above))

By Intel Free Press

Sensors are everywhere around us from smartphone touchscreens to elevator buttons to thermostats. These sensor devices, which receive and respond to a signal, are a linchpin of the so-called "Internet of Things." As they become smaller, cheaper and require less power they are being deployed in more places that we encounter every day - whether we are aware of it or not.

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Iceland's Green Computing Cloud - Renewable Energies Fuel Data Centers

(Steam rises from the Svartsengi geothermal plant in Iceland.)

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I've long been interested in Iceland's potential to become an important platform for server farms because of its natural abundance of geothermal sources, and its position mid-way between N. America and Europe. As the carbon-content of computing becomes more important as a competitive edge, Iceland clearly has a future role to play.

By Intel Free Press

It does not sit in London, Tokyo, Beijing or New York. It is not humming along deep inside a corporate skyscraper.

No, one of the world's newest supercomputers - and apparently among the world's greenest - was recently fired up inside a low-slung grey building with red trim on a windswept plain outside Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Intel Builds Vietnam's Largest Solar Power Plant

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The solar array at Intel's Vietnam Assembly and Test Factory in Ho Chi Minh City. (Flickr photo.) 

By Intel Free Press

The largest operating solar power plant in Vietnam was installed recently at Intel's Saigon Hi-Tech Park facility in Ho Chi Minh City. The 1,092 high-efficiency photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Vietnam Assembly and Test Factory came online in April.

The system is expected to generate about 321,000 kWh per year that will be consumed directly by the factory, reducing the flow from the local electrical grid.

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Turkey Looks To Tech And Youth To Transform Its Economy

 

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(Muslim women in Istanbul compute while having lunch. Photo courtesy of Chris Schuepp. (Flickr photo))

By Intel Free Press

Turkey was Europe’s fastest-growing economy last year, expanding by more than 8 percent for the second consecutive year. Although that brisk pace is projected to slow this year, by about 3 percent, the government has ambitions to become one of the world’s top 10 economies by 2023 when the Republic of Turkey will celebrate its centennial.

To get there, the government is betting on technology to educate the country's youth. Today, 65 percent of the population is younger than 24, and the nation’s leaders see this as a competitive advantage that will drive Turkey’s growth.

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Telemedicine For The Masses: Experts On Wheels

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(A cardiac patient and his doctor using the Medikart telemedicine cart.)

By Intel Free Press

A few weeks ago, a 70-year-old man showed up at the emergency room of a small Baja California hospital with a cardiac syncope, meaning he suffered a brief loss of consciousness. After performing an EKG and lab analysis, a young general practitioner found a complete blockage of the man's electric impulses to the heart. The patient was in trouble, and so was the doctor.

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Interview With Stephen Hawking's Computer Builder

(Stephen Hawking's support team: Travis Bonifield (from left to right top row), Rob Weatherly, IT support; Sam Blackburn, graduate assistant.)

By Intel Free Press

British scientist Stephen Hawking celebrated his 70th birthday early this year, and continues to work on ground breaking theories in cosmology. Because of his severe motor neuron disease, he depends heavily on the latest computer technologies to help him communicate with others.

Intel application engineer Travis Bonifield has been working closely with Mr Hawking for more than a decade, building PCs customized for his needs.

Mr Bonifield talks about the technology that powers the customized systems and how Intel co-founder Gordon Moore persuaded Mr Hawking to switch from AMD to Intel.

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It's A Tough Job: Finding Codenames For Intel Chips

By Intel Free Press

What's in a name? Not much if you're talking about the codename for world's first 22-nanometer processors that use Intel's leading edge Tri-Gate transistors.

Groundbreaking as the "Ivy Bridge" chips may be, their codename isn't, according to the man who came up with the initial moniker for Intel's next Core processor family. Ivy Bridge is the internal codename forIntel's third-generation Core processors, the first of which will be unveiled in April.

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Intel's Ambitious 'Creators Project' - Can Great Curation Build Brand?

(Photos by Tom Foremski)

... Intel teams up with the cool crowd.

I recently attended The Creators Project in San Francisco, a globe-roaming two day free event that celebrates an eclectic mix of avant-garde music and arts installations, and attracted tens of thousands of people.

It could have easily been re-named " The Curators Project" because of the superb collection of bands, artists, installations, and even food trucks -- all carefully selected by a small team of curators.

The event is produced as a partnership between Intel and Vice Media.

I spoke with David Haroldsen, (above) Intel's Creative Director for the project. Here are some of my notes:

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Touch Me: Do Users Really Want Touch-Responsive Computers?




Touching the screen on a tablet is different from using a laptop with a keyboard. Intel's market research shows that despite tired arms ('gorilla arms') users like to touch.

By Intel Free Press

Touch on vertical screens, such as laptops, has been thought to result in so-called "gorilla arm," a term engineers have coined to describe what happens when people use touch interfaces for lengthy periods.

"Touchscreen on the display is ergonomically terrible for longer interactions," Avi Greengart of Current Analysis said to Wired in 2010. In user testing conducted by Intel in Brazil, China, Italy and the United States, however, people embraced touch on laptop displays.

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The Joys Of Modding PCs ... And 'Mad Men'

Jeffrey Stephenson surrounded by several of his computer designs. He is a fan of the Mid-Century Modern designs depicted in the AMC television series "Mad Men"

By Intel Free Press

By day, Jeffrey Stephenson works as an information technology professional, but in his free time, he's better known as "slipperyskip." That's his Twitter handle and the name he uses on computer hardware forums where he posts about how he transforms retro furniture and antique appliances -- he once turned an Elvis microphone into a fully functioning PC. His handcrafted designs have made him a celebrity in many computer hardware circles and a living legend among PC modders.

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Can The Future Of Technology Be Predicted? Here's How Intel's 'Futurist' Works...



By Intel Free Press

Brian David Johnson is Intel's "futurist," which means his job is to look out 10 to 15 years ahead and develop plans that Intel engineers can use to create technology for, well, the future. His job is a complicated mix of sociology and research, looking deeply into how people interact with computers and computation today to anticipate how it will evolve over time.

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Cloud Computing Is Driving A Digital Arts Renaissance

Small creative agencies are harnessing the power of a Disney Pixar through the use of cloud computing services such as Amazon's EC2.

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An Inside Look At Intel's Social Media Tracking Technology In Action



Above, is a demonstration of how Intel, the world's largest chip maker, uses a proprietary monitoring technology called "Social Cockpit" to analyze the flood of social media buzz generated by the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Intel system works in real-time to identify and track individuals that have said anything online that's related to a brand, a competitor, or a specific topic. The monitoring technology determines who they are, where they work, their job, their level of online influence, and records what they said, where they said it, and when.

I'd love to know how Intel analyzes this data, then how it acts on that information?

Here are some additional details about Intel's intriguing "Social Cockpit" from inside Intel at CES...

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Finding New Ways To Smash Solid State Drives...

If Alan Frost loves solid-state drives so much, why does he relish throwing them, smashing them and, yes, even cooking them?

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Women In Tech: Meet The Duchess Of Silicon Valley

Marylene Delbourg-Delphis (above at Buck's Diner) is a serial entrepreneur, she shares her secrets for technology startup success and how she wooed Guy Kawasaki away from Apple.

By Intel Free Press

Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif. is the epicenter of Silicon Valley's venture capital scene, but it's 15 minutes up the road at a diner nestled in the woods where many startup funding deals get hashed out over plates of pancakes and eggs.

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Here's How Intel Could Win In Tablets And Cell Phones By Protecting Developers Against Patent Wars

Brooke Crothers, at CNET, reports that Intel is stepping in to help manufacturers create ultrabooks, and it has a $300 million fund to help integrate key technologies such as touch interfaces and battery technologies.

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A Glimpse At Intel 40 Years Ago...


Intel celebrates it's 40th year in business this year. Above is Intel's first advert, (November 1971) for its groundbreaking 4040 microprocessor. Here are some more photos:

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Happy 40th To Intel's First Microprocessor - The Start Of The Digital Revolution

Intel hands out cup cakes in New York city.

Intel today celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first microprocessor -- the 4004. It was a 4-bit chip, puny by today's standards but revolutionary at the time because it was the first commercially available programmable microprocessor.

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US Spending Cuts Will Harm Innovation, Jobs - Warns MIT President

Susan Hockfield, President of MIT, speaks about the innovation economy at the Commonwealth Club. (Flickr image.)

By Intel Free Press

American ingenuity and innovation, the twin engine of the country's economy since World War II, is in danger of losing steam and job growth potential if federal legislators allow "automatic" spending cuts to kick in next year rather than earmarking federal funds to advance education, research and manufacturing, according Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield.

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How To Take A Massive Photo Of The Milky Way

Armed with a laptop and six digital cameras, Nick Risinger, an amateur astronomer created a 5,000-megapixel panorama of the universe from tens of thousands of digital images.

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Microprocessor Pioneer Frederico Faggin On: Could Quantum Computers Rival Human Consciousness?

By Intel Free Press

If you could ask only one person about the limits of computers past, present and future, the right person might be Federico Faggin. Forty years ago Faggin meticulously sketched the blueprint that brought to life the world's first microprocessor, which later sparked the personal computer revolution.

After a career dedicated to creating evermore intelligent computer chips, he has turned his attention to what a computer, even quantum computers, may never be able to do: reach the potential of human consciousness.

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Nano-Scaling: Exploring The Boundaries Of The Material Universe


Chipmakers have to be expert in chemistry because every time chip designs move to new, smaller geometries, they often need to discover new materials because the old ones don't work the same way. There are very few elements in the periodic table not used in chip manufacture.

Here is an interview with Intel's Mike Mayberry, who leads its process technology research and keeps Moore's Law alive.

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Analog Treasures - Celebrating The Relics Of The Recent Past

In today's digital world there is very little said about analog devices, yet we often forget that these were once high performance technologies that could only be matched fairly recently by digital electronics. Here are some examples curated by Intel staff.

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Behind The Scenes At DreamWorks - A Day In The Life Of A Code Warrior

DreamWorks Animation's technical and artistic prowess that has created some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters from "Shrek" to "Kung Fu Panda" to "Puss in Boots."

By Intel Free Press

A big-eyed cat called Puss in Boots, a cuddly panda named Po, an injured dragon nicknamed "Toothless." All three are among the incredibly popular characters from DreamWorks Animation movies who have earned the company billions of dollars and a reputation for unmatched creativity.

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Cambridge University Team Hopes Supercomputer Will Help It Win Grueling Solar Race

Endeavour, (above) the Cambridge University Eco Racing team's solar race car, was designed using a super computer to streamline the car's drag coefficient well below that of a Porsche 997.

By Intel Free Press

Back in 2009, they finished a distant 14th. This year, however, a small team of Cambridge students believes a more efficient aerodynamic design, better batteries and a technology arsenal will vault their car into the top 10 of the world's most prestigious solar-powered vehicle race.

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Market Research And The Psychology Of PC Buyers

By Intel Free Press

At Intel, researchers have gone a step further and are employing neuroscience to understand what consumers want. David Ginsberg leads the Insights and Market Research Group that is seeking to better understand buyers' conscious and subconscious preferences. Ginsberg, who left a career in politics to join Intel, speaks here about vectors that are prompting researchers to rethink the fundamentals of their business.

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As Prices Fall China Ousts The U.S. As Top PC Market

Part of Lenovo's distribution network in China.

By Intel Free Press

Challenged by New Gadgets and Slowing Growth in Established Markets, the PC Industry is Facing Historic Shifts in Demand

In the midst of a steady stream of gloomy economic news, an up and coming Asian economic power has snatched a high-stakes, tech industry crown from the U.S.

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Intel Discusses Advanced Microprocessors That Save 5x Energy

At the Intel Developer Forum, Justin Rattner, Chief Technology Officer, presented a keynote on advanced microprocessors with 50 or more cores and able to run on tiny amounts of electric power.

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Intel: The Software Company...

Intel today held a one-day conference in San Francisco focused on its software efforts, which are an increasingly important part of its business.

The importance of software to Intel is highlighted by the fact that it devoted an entire day to this topic, just days away from its massive Intel Developer Forum conference next week.

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Intel's Tiny Transistor With "Fins" Is A Potential ARM Killer, Tablet Winner

Intel's most important technology announcement of the year, was yesterday, when it said it had figured out a way to build chips with a radical new design, a "3-D" transistor, which has a "fin" structure to greatly lower power consumption while increasing performance.

That's exactly what it needs to better compete against ARM, the British designed microprocessor that dominates the market for smartphones and tablets. But "killing" ARM won't happen anytime soon. Intel can't afford it.

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Intel Is Heading For $1 Billion Revenue Weeks

Intel's [INTC] financial results were at a record level this week. The numbers greatly exceeded its own estimates, which are usually very accurate.

Tiernan Ray, at Barron's writes Tech Trade Daily. He asked: Intel: How Do You Explain Another $800M Of Revenue? - Tech Trader Daily - Barrons.com

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How Intel Uses "Wargames" To Beef Up Enterprise Security

By Intel Free Press

Enterprise security today is equivalent to an arms race. There really is no such thing as winning, but rather it's a challenge of staying one step ahead of your opponent -- the attackers. As attackers evolve and become more sophisticated, large corporate enterprises must follow suit.

Many companies are investing millions of dollars securing data centers, factories, offices and other assets against increasingly sophisticated security threats. Assessing the risk and taking precautions are usually handled by a single group of people -- typically internal information security specialists -- and are aimed at understanding vulnerabilities in a particular computing environment.

Security threats however, come from living, breathing opponents who are creative, knowledgeable, collaborative and often very determined to inflict damage. They also have a big advantage over enterprise experts in thinking outside the box, mainly because they are outside the box. To anticipate and better prepare themselves against these attacks, many enterprises are trying to move beyond understanding their computing environments to understanding how their opponents plan, think and attack.

To do a better job of this, Intel Corporation has embraced wargaming as an additional type of risk analysis that helps the company better understand and defend against malicious attackers.

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6 Years Ago I Wrote My First Blog Post - About Intel's Backpacks...No Fish Smell This Year

About six years ago I wrote my first post on SIlicon Valley Watcher, it was about the quality of backpacks at the Intel Developer Conference.

Intel is notorious for being penny pinching. When times are tough cubicles get smaller, and the conference backpacks fall in quality. My tongue-in-cheek post was that you can divine how well Intel is doing at a particular point in time simply by assessing the quality of its freebies.

Here is an extract from my very first blog post: Tech Watch: The secret barometer of Intel's health reveals... - SVW

In lean times, the backpacks are flimsy and made from lower grade materials. About a year ago, the quality of the backpacks at IDF jumped dramatically. And for good reason, revenues were strong and growing faster than expectations. Intel was raising revenue forecasts, not cutting them.

The spring 2004 IDF again produced a top quality backpack, black and electric blue, with good quality ballistic nylon, and stylish use of yellow trim. It was clear that Intel was expecting a good year.

At the Fall 2004 IDF, the conference backpack looked to be of comparable quality. Closer examination, however, showed that there was some downgrade in quality, but that it was minor. Conclusion? Slight downgrade to Intel's fortunes, but still betting on a solid business outlook for the next six months.

... UPDATE-Thursday September 23

Joe Fay from Computerwire is reporting that there is a strange smell emanating from his IDF backpack. He has confirmed it with colleagues.

It was true, the slight fishy smell was there once it was pointed out and it became more noticeable over the next few days. I had to abandon my backpack to the neighborhood children by leaving it on a street corner.

This year I can attest that the IDF backpacks are of excellent quality with no fish smells at all. Things must be going well for Intel [INTC].


Intel Kicks Off IDF Conference With New Chip Technologies

I'm splitting my time this week between Intel Developer Forum (IDF) and the DEMO Fall conference.

Here is a report on IDF in a Pearltree format showing the Intel announcements, video and media reports:

Intel Dev Forum - Monday
[You can browse this Pearltree or take it and add it to you Pearltree account, it's super simple to set up an account.]


McAfee Mystery: Intel CEO Prioritizes Security Via Charlie Rose

There has been much written about why Intel offered an astonishing $7.7 billion for McAfee, the PC anti-virus maker.

I've been an Intel watcher for more than 25 years and I'm struggling to make sense out of this deal.

I've also been reading other Intel watchers trying to make sense of the deal. The most recent attempt is by Jon Stokes at Ars Technica: Why Intel bought McAfee

His article doesn't answer the headline but here is a fascinating snippet:

At the most recent Intel R&D day, Intel CTO Justin Rattner did a Q&A session with the press in which he was asked something to the effect of, "What do you spend most of your time working on these days?" Rattner didn't hesitate in answering "security."

He then told an anecdote about how he was watching Intel CEO Paul Otellini being interviewed by Charlie Rose, and Otellini told Rose, "I've given our company a charter to make [security] job one." Rattner laughed and told us that this statement seemed to come from out of the blue, and it took him and other Intel execs by surprise. But from that day forward, Rattner was focused on security.

Wow. Is this how Intel's CEO sets priorities within the company? Is this how he communicates Intel strategy? Through Charlie Rose?

Justin Rattner is head of Intel's research labs. You would think that he would already know what his priority should be directly from the top and not from a TV show.

How did Mr Otellini communicate to the company that its charter was "to make security job one"? Yet for one of Intel's top execs, and his colleagues, it came "from out of the blue."

What's going on at Intel? Does anyone at Intel, apart from Mr Otellini, know?


Intel Laser Breakthrough Will Lead To Faster Internet And Computers

On the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser, Intel has demonstrated a breakthrough photonics chip set that offers 50 gigabits per second built using standard chip making techniques.

Justin Rattner, VP and Chief Technology Officer at Intel, said:"This technology can be scaled to as much as one terabit per second." He said that photonics is key to faster computers because it is difficult to move electrons fast enough but light can be moved faster over longer distances.

The key to Intel's breakthrough is that the chips can be built using standard manufacturing processes. Intel is the world leader in chip manufacturing technologies allowing it to build these photonics systems at large manufacturing scales, which brings down their cost.

The 50Gbps Silicon Photonics Link prototype is the result of a multi-year silicon photonics research agenda, which included numerous "world firsts." It is composed of a silicon transmitter and a receiver chip, each integrating all the necessary building blocks from previous Intel breakthroughs including the first Hybrid Silicon Laser co-developed with the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2006 as well as high-speed optical modulators and photodetectors announced in 2007.

More details here:

Silicon Photonics Research

From Intel:

- Up to 50 gigabits of data per second is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second.

- At these data rates one could imagine a wall-sized 3D display for home entertainment and videoconferencing with a resolution so high that the actors or family members appear to be in the room with you.

- Tomorrow's data center or supercomputer may see components spread throughout a building or even an entire campus, communicating with each other at high speed, as opposed to being confined by heavy copper cables with limited capacity and reach.

- This will allow data center users, such as a search engine company, cloud computing provider or financial data center, to increase performance, capabilities and save significant costs in space and energy, or help scientists build more powerful supercomputers to solve the world's biggest problems.

- At a terabit per second it would take just 90 seconds to download the entire library of congress.

Foremski's Take: It's an impressive achievement but it could be years before consumers see the benefits of this technology. The Telcos are loathe to offer faster bandwidth, the US has some of the slowest speeds.

But Intel says it has an "aggressive plan" to bring costs down and see it widely deployed by the middle of the decade.


Bill Gates' Nightmare: Web Apps That Perform As Well As Native Apps...

(MSFT executives preview Internet Explorer 9 in San Francisco while Gabe Rivera from Techmeme watches.)

Microsoft previewed Internet Explorer 9 this morning, which has strong support for HTML5 and makes use of hardware acceleration to dramatically improve the performance of video and animation.

Microsoft executives said that web browsers normally only use about 10% of the power of a computer. “We want to make the other 90% available to web applications so that they have the same performance as native applications,” said a Microsoft representative.

The demos showed very high performance of the latest version of Internet Explorer compared with Firefox and Chrome because of the hardware APIs that make use of graphics co-processors in the system. A Microsoft representative said that this approach can dramatically speed up the web browser performance of low-end netbooks and other systems because the technique makes use of graphics co-processors instead of software based decoding of video and graphics.

Future Firefox and Chrome will also be able to make use of the hardware APIs.

What was especially interesting was that Microsoft is trying to provide web applications with the same performance as native applications.

This is exactly the nightmare scenario that Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, feared would happen, that the web browser could substitute for the operating system, and that's why he aggressively went after Netscape Communications in the 1990s, resulting in an anti-trust conviction against Microsoft.

Although Microsoft is still making use of its Windows operating system combined with IE9, it potentially separates the browser from the underlying platform.

This could enable non-Microsoft operating systems and non-Intel compatible hardware platforms to run high performance web applications at native speeds.

It’s unclear if Microsoft intends to move in that direction but it has certainly opened a Pandora’s Box with its support for graphics hardware accelerated web browsers.

Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, said that tablet platforms based on ARM microprocessors, making use of graphics hardware accelerated web browsers, could become very competitive with notebook and netbook platforms based on Intel chips.

“Market research firms such as Gartner are still tracking tablet sales along with PCs but this is clearly a different class of computer,” said Mr Brookwood. Apple’s iPad is based on a custom ARM microprocessor.

Intel’s Atom is positioned as a competitor to ARM but it has failed to win any significant customers, and Atom isn’t customizable in the same way as ARM chips. Intel had an agreement with TSMC, the world’s largest chip foundry, to produce custom versions of Atom but it could find no customers, largely because Intel reserved the right to approve customers.

This provision was in place to prevent Nvidia, the world’s largest discrete graphics chip maker and a competitor to Intel in graphics, from using Atom in custom chips. But it also was a deal breaker for other companies.

ARM, based in the UK, has no restrictions on who is allowed to use its designs.

Mr Brookwood said he expects Google to produce a version of ARM optimized for Android operating system smartphones, and tablet computers. In April, Google acquired chip company Agnilux, which is staffed by engineers from PA Semiconductor, a company Apple acquired to build its A4 ARM custom chip used in iPad and in future iPhones.

More info:

Microsoft’s next web browser will display rich 3D graphics (demo videos) | VentureBeat

Intel Wrestles ARM For Smartphone Markets With Latest Atom

Analysis: Intel Faces Challenge In Smartphone Markets As Alliance with TSMC “Fizzles”


Intel Manufacturing Expertise Propels Profit Margins

The secret to understanding Intel [INTC] is not to think of it as a microprocessor company but as a chip maker. Intel is extremely good at making chips, in large amounts, and as cheaply as possible. It makes microprocessors only because it's the best use of its manufacturing prowess.

Intel can regularly make 60 percent plus profit margins on its chips--similar profit margins that software companies make--yet Intel has to build multi-billion chip factories that represent the apex of our industrial world (while software companies don't.)

Earlier today Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, told Wall Street analysts that Intel is getting faster at ramping up new generations of chips.

Mike Magee at TechEye reports:

He said that when Intel moved to 90 nanometre technology in 2003, and shipped the Pentium 4 with one core and 170 million transistors, it took 50 weeks to move to that process. He claimed that Intel takes half the time with its 32 nanometre technology, and for multicore devices for chips that over a billion transistors.

He said the advantage for that is that Intel can get to market very fast and manage inventory and overhang. "The faster you can ramp the new stuff the less of a problem that is," he said.

He said that Intel has shipped 3.3 billion processor cores in Q1 2010. By the end of this year that number will be closer to four billion cores.

As Intel moves to ever tighter geometries, it can cram more chips per wafer and dramatically reduce its cost of manufacturing since each wafer costs the same to produce but now carries more chips.

Intel is trying to break into smart phones with its Atom product line, a market dominated by ARM Holdings, a UK chip company. Mr Otellini told analysts said he is not worried about competition from ARM.

Please see:

Intel CEO says revenue, EPS to grow double digits - Yahoo! Finance


Intel Wrestles ARM For Smartphone Markets With Latest Atom

Intel today announced a new Atom processor with lower platform power use with support for high performance graphics targeted at smartphone and tablet use.

The latest Atom Z6xx is designed to compete against ARM Holdings, the UK chip design company. ARM-based chips dominate the smartphone market, Apple chose an ARM-based design to power its iPad and iPhone products.

Here are the details on the latest Atom from Intel:

>50x reduction in idle power, >20x reduction in audio power, and 2-3x reductions across browsing and video scenarios - all at the platform level when compared to Intel's previous-generation product.

These power savings translate into >10 days of standby, up to 2 days of audio playback and 4-5 hours of browsing and video battery life3. When combined with 1.5-3x higher compute
performance, 2-4x richer graphics, >4x higher JavaScript performance, and support for full HD 1080p high-profile video decoding and 720p HD video recording. 3-D graphics, multi-point videoconferencing and voice.
Intel Atom Processor Z6xx based on Intel's 45nm2 low-power process, packs 140 million transistors... also includes a Controller Hub (MP20) and a dedicated Mixed Signal IC.

www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/atom/z6xx/index.htm.

Intel developed a new 45nm chip process manufacturing technology to make it easier to integrate different blocks of technology in order to produce semi-custom versions for different applications.

ARM licenses its designs widely and there are large libraries of technology modules that allow customers to customize their chips, Intel does not offer a similar capability. However, Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Corporation's Ultra Mobility Group, told SVW that Intel would consider making a custom version if the economics of the deal made sense.

Mr Chandrasekher did not discuss customers for the new Atom but said it wasn't because there were no customers but that they were secretive about their product plans for competitive reasons.

Intel has an agreement with TSMC, the world's largest chip foundry, to produce custom chips using Atom but that relationship has not produced any parts and is on hiatus. Mr Chandrasekher said that the relationship remains "active" but that customers wanted Intel to produce the chips.

Intel's latest 45nm technology makes its process more compatible with the 45nm process used by TSMC. (EETimes.com - Source: Samsung explores gate-last high-k)

Intel needs some high profile customer wins in the smartphone market. One way to help achieve that would be to extend its "Intel Inside" marketing program to smartphones. This brings millions of dollars to each vendor to subsidize marketing costs and it plays a large role in the PC market.

(Please note: Intel is a past sponsor and I am a member of the "Intel Insider" advisory group.)


Intel Makes Server Push As IT Spending Improves

Intel this morning introduced a high performance microprocessor for server applications claiming it can do the work of 20 older servers.

The latest Xeon 7500 processor comes at a critical time for the IT industry as spending seems to be increasing after a long period of frozen IT budgets.

Data centers have begun to accumulate large numbers of aging servers which brings an increased risk of failures affecting business operations for many large corporations. Intel said that there are as many as 1 million servers that need to be replaced.

The Xeon 7500 has the capacity to replace the computing power of 20 single core servers, while using far less electric power -- a key constraint for many data centers.

As many as 256 Xeon 7500 processors can be combined within each server. This allows data centers to further consolidate the number of servers they need. And it also allows supercomputers to be built at very low cost.

The Intel launch comes in the same week as rival Advanced Micro Devices has launched its latest server microprocessor.

Clay Ryder, lead analyst at The Sageza Group, said, "These chips are fast but it's their ability to use more memory that's important. As companies run greater numbers of virtual servers, memory becomes very critical, and it can affect system performance more than the speed of the processor. All the leading server processor vendors AMD, and IBM have added the capability of using larger amounts of memory."

But one constraint on performance is the software. Intel says that the operating system vendors support many of the advanced features found in Xeon 7500, but there are many applications that need to be rewritten to take advantage of the performance offered by multiple cores, and multi-threaded architectures.

It may take years before programmers are skilled in developing apps that take advantage of parallel processing. In the meantime, Intel and others, have made available tools that help in optimizing existing applications.

(Please note: Intel is a past sponsor and I am a member of the "Intel Insider" advisory group.)

Please see:

New Intel® Xeon® 7500 Processor Series Pushes Mission Critical into the Mainstream

Related stories:

ZDNet Intel breaks out high-end Xeons; Aims to 'democratize' high performance computing

TechEye Intel makes mainstream servers mission critical

TG Daily Intel optimizes mission critical computing with Xeon 7500

Hypervisor Intel's biggest advance since 1996

UberGizmo Intel Xeon 7500: 8-cores and 3X faster

Electronista: Intel intros eight-core Xeon 7500 for servers



Intel Opens Up Its Intel Labs At Berkeley - Reveals Research Projects

Intel hosted an open house this afternoon at its Intel Labs Berkeley. The lab has been in existence since November 2001.

Some of the projects revealed:

Intel Mash Maker

This is a browser extension that tries to understand the content on a web page and suggest additional pages. You can download it here: mashmaker.intel.com

[I remember Autonomy having a similar experimental product about ten years ago. It also worked with documents that you were working on. A small window at the bottom of your screen would find and display relevant information from the Internet.]


Common Sense

This is a project that uses inexpensive sensors that would be carried by people as they go about their day. It would measure and collect environmental data such as air pollution. www.communitysensing.org

[I was recently in Paris and saw a presentation that used a watch equipped with sensors that measured, pollution, and noise levels as people carried the watch around town. The information was collated on a public website.]


Confrontational Computing

This project tries to understand why people argue on the Internet and also to find information that is disputed. One current example is the information about the toxicity of vaccines. disputefinder.cs.berkeley.edu

[This is interesting because there is a tremendous amount of pseudoscience around serious medical issues. Vaccines, for example, can be a life and death decision yet there is lots of provenly bad information around.]

RouterBricks

A project that seeks to use generally available computing components to build routers rather than requiring specialized components. This would allow more flexibility in building networks, including the networks that serve the Internet. Intel says, "what the PC did for computing could be extended to network infrastructure and programming." www.routerbricks.org

[It's not surprising that Intel would be keen to see this project succeed :)]

Power Aware Perception

Intel says that in the future our mobile phones will know our social networks, our favorite places, what we do, etc. It will even teach us how to do things. It will become "your best friend and personal factotum."

It is working on developing 'perception algorithms.' But these are sophisticated computing problems and Intel's power management systems have been developed to adjust application performance on-the-fly, so that mobile phones can handle the compute intensive tasks related to 'perception.'

[I would think that a lot of the computer intensive tasks would be better run in the cloud. And that would be the same for any other computer intensive tasks. There's not much sense in running those applications on your mobile phone. But maybe I'm missing something here.]

Yada

This is a project that seeks to ease the development of software that runs in parallel. Today's microprocessors have multiple processor cores. To take advantage of this architecture, software applications need to be written so that they can be executed in parallel.

Yada is a programming language that looks like a sequential programming language but it detects which parts of the program can be executed in parallel.

[This is very important. It's very difficult to program for parallel execution, and tools such as Yada, are necessary so that the advances in multi-processor core multiprocessors can be used to their full capacity. Just because the latest microprocessor has multiple cores doesn't mean that your applications can take advantage of it. It's one of the dirty little secrets of multi-core multiprocessors.]

Data Mining for Anomaly Detection

Malicious software and botnets operated by hackers, are a big threat to the security of the Internet and to individual companies. The recent attack on Google, and about 100 other large companies, was achieved through the use of botnets.

This project analyzes the behavior of individual computing devices on the network and also servers. It looks for anomalies in their behavior that could signal that they have become recruited into a botnet. The project also looks for "data poisoning" where data has been deliberately inserted into company databases for nefarious purposes.

[Botnets and malicious software are a huge problem. It's further compounded by the fact that there are lots of legitimate software applications, such as cookies, that can be mistaken for malware. This is an area where there is a war of epic proportions going on between the malware authors, and the companies that create defensive software. It's a problem that won't be solved anytime soon.]

You can see some of the other research projects here:

Intel Labs Berkeley - Projects

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[Please note: I am a member of the Intel Insiders - a small group of advisors to Intel.]


Intel Number 2 Suffers Stroke...

Sean Maloney, an Intel senior executive, tipped by most Intel observers as the eventual successor to Paul Otellini, CEO, suffered a stroke over the weekend and will take a medical leave of absence.

Intel said:

Maloney's prognosis for a full recovery is excellent and he is expected to resume all of his business responsibilities after a period of recuperation which is thought to be several months, the company said. His duties in the interim will be assumed by Dadi Perlmutter, also executive vice president and general manager (with Maloney) of the Intel Architecture Group.

"I visited with Sean and his sense of humor and determination to return to work fill the room" said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

Intel's Sean Maloney to Take Medical Leave

The British executive is known for his intensity and hard driving approach to his job. He used to be Technical Assistant to Andy Grove, former CEO and chairman of Intel and one of its earliest employees.

Mr Maloney has earned a reputation within Intel for fixing troubled business groups. He currently co-manages the Intel Architecture Group.

Several large computer companies have tried to headhunt Mr Maloney over the past ten years, including Hewlett-Packard. He is considered one of the top executives in the global tech industry.

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[I am a member of "Intel Insiders" a small advisory group working with Intel.]


Analysis: Intel Faces Challenge In Smartphone Markets As Alliance with TSMC "Fizzles"

A year ago, Intel, the world's top semiconductor maker, announced an alliance with TSMC, the world's largest chipmaker.

TSMC, headquartered in Taiwan, makes chips for other companies. It invented the "fabless" chip industry, which is now the largest sector of the global chip market.

In the first deal of its kind, Intel licensed its Atom microprocessor design to TSMC, so that third parties could design custom chips combining Atom, with technologies from many sources. The goal was to provide something similar to the UK's ARM microprocessor design, which is used in many custom chips, such as the A4 found in Apple's iPad.

But this hasn't worked out. Ashlee Vance reports in the New York Times: A Tie-Up Between Intel and TSMC Fizzles

Intel confirmed this week that a lack of customer demand has put the partnership on hiatus for the short term. Which is to say, there will be no jointly developed Atoms arriving anytime soon, although Intel continues to hope for the best down the road.

Foremski's Take: This shows that Atom has a long way to go in being able to challenge ARM, which has an advantage in that there is a huge library of chip designs available for use with ARM.

Atom doesn't have a library of compatible designs that can be easily used to create custom chips.

Also, Atom's design is influenced by Intel's manufacturing processes. In order to design custom Atom chips, the chip design software has to be closely tied to TSMC's manufacturing process -- each fab has its own differences.

Intel is very secretive about its chip manufacturing processes but that's what allows it to produce high performance chips in very advanced semiconductor technologies, such as 32 nanometer. Transferring a design from one fab to another is not easy and the performance of the chip can be very different. This could be one of the reasons that no one has yet made an Atom based custom chip.

Intel says it will continue working with TSMC.

“I think we had a lot of key learnings from the partnership so far,” Robert Crooke, Intel’s Atom chief, said in an interview. “We haven’t given up. These things never happen super-fast.”

But this is a setback for Intel because it is trying to break into the market for smartphones and larger consumer electronics products such as the iPad. ARM based chips dominate this market.

Interestingly, Intel used to make ARM based chips. It acquired StrongARM from Digital Equipment, and later renamed it XScale. However, it sold XScale to Marvell Technology Group in June 2006, so that it could concentrate on producing a version of its X86 microprocessor architecture for consumer products -- which became Atom.

Atom is a powerful chip but it is challenging to produce a version that matches ARM's low power consumption.

From Datarespons.com:

Gilad Mizrahi, hardware development manager for Data Respons Denmark. “An ARM-based system typically uses as little as 2 watts, whereas a fully optimised Intel Atom solution uses 5 or 6 watts. This is incredibly significant for the battery lifetime in small mobile devices."

"... [ARM also] allows us to reduce the solution’s total size considerably."


ARM is moving into larger products than smartphones, such as Apple's iPad, and also netbooks. It is encroaching into Intel territory while Intel is making little headway into ARM territory.

Intel certainly has the talent and resources to make future Atom designs that are competitive with ARM in terms of power consumption and size. But the longer this takes, the more design wins for ARM.

Once a company is committed to an architecture, it is very expensive to switch to a different one.

Interestingly, Intel still holds an ARM license.

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[Please note: I am an "Intel Insider" a member of a small group that consults with Intel on various topics.]

Please see:

The Mysterious Apple A4 Chip - Where's MSFT's and GOOG's Chip?

Global Foundries to start pumping out 28 nm ARM Cortex A9 processors in 2H 2010

ARM vs. Atom: The battle for the next digital frontier | The Standard

Analysis: The real scoop on Atom-ARM rivalry


Intel Reorg Moves Maloney Into Key Position

Intel [INTC] has reorganized its operations moving Sean Maloney from his position as chief marketing officer to co-head a new division: Intel Architecture Group (IAG) that consolidates all of its product divisions.

Mr Maloney is responsible for business and operations at IAG while co-head Dadi Perlmutter oversees product development and architecture

Additionally, Andy Bryant, chief administration officer, becomes head of the Technology and Manufacturing Group, responsible for its global manufacturing and investment of billions of dollars in new facilities.

Tom Kilroy takes over Mr Maloney's former job as head of the Sales and Marketing group.

Intel also said that Pat Gelsinger, a senior VP has left to join EMC. And Bruce Sewell, general counsel, has also departed.

Foremski's Take: The reorganization takes advantage of Sean Maloney's considerable skills in running large businesses within Intel. The chief marketing officer role is not as challenging as it once was because Intel has won the microprocessor wars.

Intel's domination of microprocessor markets reached a new 4-year high in the second quarter.

The executive changes and the departure of Pat Gelsinger are related to a succession strategy for the top job at Intel. The most recent moves place Mr Maloney into the best position to eventually replace CEO Paull Otellini.

But Mr Maloney will have to prove himself. He'll have to make sure that Intel will be able to hold onto its lead and preserve its high profit margins in the face of considerable challenges in the client computing sector.

The evolution of the PC into the notebook and now into the netbook and mobile devices, brings the danger that cheap, powerful chips will undermine Intel's high margin microprocessors.

Intel's renewed partnership with Microsoft and its operating systems offers a way to keep competitors at bay.

High performance graphics processors combined with high speed broadband connections to cloud based applications could route around the need for X86 architectures in many types of client computing systems -- not just netbooks or mobile devices. For example, there are several smart phone operating systems with ever larger numbers of applications that are not X86 based. These could move up into larger client systems.

Intel's Atom is designed to extend the X86 architecture into netbooks and smart phone apps. But there is no guarantee Intel will be able to establish the same dominance in future cloud-based client computing systems.

It was unsuccessful once before when it tried to establish its StrongARM architecture in the mobile phone industry.

That's because the Telecom companies hold a strong position in determining the applications, operating systems, and features that run on mobile phones -- as Apple has found out. They have no desire to become commoditized in the same way that Intel and Microsoft commoditized the PC industry and managed to consolidate the majority of that industry's profit margins.

The Telcos control the broadband networks which is why Intel is such as strong supporter of WiMAX. This technology could potentially vault over the walled markets controlled by the Telco and cable companies. That's why WiMAX is being built into Intel chipsets even though there is yet little WiMAX infrastructure.

Mr Maloney used to head up Intel's comms chip group -- he knows all about the challenge the Telcos pose to Intel.

Mr Maloney has always been given the toughest jobs at Intel. And this is going to be one of the toughest yet.


Intel Mid-Year Update - Big Question Mark On Business IT Spending

Intel [INTC] this morning held a mid-year update looking at its major business groups and initiatives. The first session was with Sean Maloney, Intel's most important executive next to Paul Otellini, CEO.

Mr Maloney is executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. The short video above consists of highlights of his presentation. Mr Maloney said that while other sectors such as consumer have continued to buy, business IT spending has not recovered from last September. The question is will it come back by the fourth quarter?

Meet The Real Intel Rock Stars

http://www.blip.tv/file/2392693

I'm sure you've seen those ubiquitous Intel "rock star" ads that are part of its "sponsors of tomorrow" campaign. I was at the recent Intel Research Day at the Computer History Museum and Intel introduced the real rock stars -- everyone in the TV ads is an actor (and in China all the rock stars are Chinese.)

The real rock stars are Ajay Bhatt, the co-inventor of USB, and Joshua Smith, a pioneer in wireless power and robotics.

Intel Labs also showed off about 40 projects in its science fair. One of the projects was a wireless electric power project. It will enable you to recharge your gizmos and gadgets without needing to plug them in -- they will get their power through the air. More info here: Research@Intel 2009 - Intel 'Rockstars' Show off Future Research Concepts, Projects