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Swindon, Nov. 25, 2010: Today Cancer Research UK and Imperial College London outlined the fundamental importance of High Performance Computing to their future science and research strategies. The two organisations described how Intel® High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions are enabling them to drive forward their research, which will lead to future scientific breakthroughs.

 

Imperial College London currently spends over £1,000 000 on its HPC programme. “HPC allows us to simulate events that would be impossible or very difficult to measure experimentally,” stated Simon Burbidge, High Performance Computing Co-ordination Manager at Imperial College London. “For example, it is very difficult to reach the kind of temperatures such as those within the sun or plasmas in the real world, but by using HPC we can perform simulations to predict the results and thus tune the experiments.  Another area of research at Imperial College London is using HPC to model blood flows in human arteries, to drive insights into the conditions leading to heart and circulatory disease. It is also helping us to do better research at lower cost, for example where simulations can replace some of the wind tunnel tests used in automobile design."

 

Peter McCallum,  Head of IT & Scientific Computing at Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Research Institute described the benefits that HPC has brought to his organisation, “Through HPC we can effectively sequence a human’s whole DNA. Medical units in hospitals may soon need HPC access to enable them to track disease. We believe that in the future there will be local access to HPC with a local scientific computing team in all biological science organisations. What happened in physics and chemistry twenty years ago is now happening in biology.”

Sean McGuire, Director Strategic Government Programs HPC EMEA at Intel stated, “HPC is an added direction for Intel. Through the Intel® Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture we can achieve more compute power than would have been possible previously. It is an architecture that is designed for highly parallel workloads. We believe that it is an indication of where computing is going.”

 

Robert Maskell, Head of HPC for Intel in the UK added, “Analysts have been telling us for a while that HPC is now mainstream, I think it is even further along the curve than that. It is pervasive. It is difficult to think of any manmade object which has not been created without being touched by HPC during the design process. HPC has become one of the fundamental building blocks for science. Researchers are being deluged by floods of data. The question they are asking is how can they cost effectively process and securely store that data. We believe Intel’s Xeon range of processors deliver the energy-efficient performance that will allow researchers to draw ever quicker results and conclusions from their science.”

 

Intel Corporation announced plans earlier this year to deliver new products based on the Intel® Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture that will create platforms running at trillions of calculations per second, while also retaining the benefits of standard Intel processors. Targeting high-performance computing segments such as exploration, scientific research and financial or climate simulation, the first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be made on Intel's 22-nanometer manufacturing (nm) process – using transistor structures as small as 22 billionths of a meter – and will use Moore's Law to scale to more than 50 Intel processing cores on a single chip. While the vast majority of workloads will still run best on award-winning Intel® Xeon® processors, Intel® MIC architecture will help accelerate select highly parallel applications.

 

Industry design and development kits codenamed "Knights Ferry" are currently shipping to select developers, and beginning in the second half of 2010, Intel will expand the program to deliver an extensive range of developer tools for Intel MIC architecture.

 

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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

- The 3rd annual Intel European Research and Innovation Conference (ERIC) will advance the further understanding of applied strategic research in Silicon and Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Assisted Living Technologies and Enabling Sustainability through Technology

- New Interaction and Experience Research Lab will create unique user experiences that people will love.

- Intel Labs Europe research network now comprises over 1000 R&D professionals across Europe

October 12th marked the beginning of the 3rd annual Intel European Research and Innovation Conference (ERIC). Intel has more than 1000 Research and Development professionals in its research network Intel Labs Europe and is working to promote a world-class research and innovation eco-system. The Research and Innovation event, being held this week at the Intel Ireland campus, is an important building block in driving this vision for Europe. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Building a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Society through Research and Innovation partnerships’ and explores how we as a society can apply research and innovation solutions to meet the myriad of challenges posed by economic turbulence, the accelerating rates of natural resources depletion and the often unequal and non inclusive nature of society.

 

The conference brings together more than 400 delegates from across Europe and the Middle East representing enterprise, academia and policy makers. The event is being hosted this year at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland which is Intel’s centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe. The campus is home to the Ireland Fab Operation and Fab 24 advanced manufacturing facilities which produce latest generation silicon microprocessors.


The conference was opened by Conor Lenihan, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation who highlighted the deepening industry-academic research and development partnerships are significantly assisting in Ireland’s economic recovery efforts. Minister Lenihan said: “The theme of this conference could not be more relevant as the development of the “smart” or innovation-based economy is the key challenge facing Ireland. Clearly, industry-academic partnerships and collaborative research is an important means to address the challenges of making Irish enterprise more competitive, and to enable it to exploit new economic opportunities”.


The Intel Ireland campus is also home to a number of research and development initiatives including the Innovation Open Lab – Ireland, Intel Digital Health groups’ Product Research and Innovation Europe team and the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Research Europe group which includes research in Silicon and Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing as well partnerships with the recently established Government led Competency Centre initiative. Building on the dynamic research taking place at the Ireland campus, the conference will advance the further understanding of applied strategic research in Silicon and Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Assisted Living Technologies and Enabling Sustainability through Technology.

 

The first day of the conference brought together a number of high-profile keynote speakers who addressed a diversity of topics including the Europe 2020 Strategy and the context of Research and Innovation within this, Ireland’s opportunity to be smart through flagship projects, global economic perspectives and the role of technology in our future. The broad array of speaker topics also included perspectives from academia and Day One keynote speaker Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University in Ireland, addressed the audience about the role of the modern University in Socio-Economic Transformation, emphasising the importance of a focus on translational research and  its direct engagement with grand challenges of societal relevance – issues such as health, the environment, energy needs, the ageing population, and water supply. The first day of the three day conference event also included keynote addresses from Intel Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Gordon Graylish and Dr. Genevieve Bell, who is the Director of Intel’s recently formed Interaction and Experience Research Lab.

 

“Creating the next generation of technology experiences begins with understanding what people love about their everyday lives,” said Dr Bell, who in her address discussed the complex relationships between technology and society.  “I am really interested in the interplay between technology and cultural practice – and the ways in which this will shape our futures,”  Dr. Bell emphasised that companies must recognise that different societies may have different expectations, rules and levels of acceptance toward technology and her lab’s charter is to understand these differences in order to create unique user experiences that people will love.

 

The conference continues over the coming days with detailed track sessions aligned with the conference research areas, workshops focused on Nanotechnology and Design Science, a poster session displaying over 100 research abstracts and an Intel technology showcase.


About the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference
The 2010 Intel European Research & Innovation Conference (ERIC) comprises of two distinct conference streams. The first stream took place in Braunschweig, Germany on September 21-22 and focused on the research areas of Many Core / Parallel Programming, Embedded / Automotive Computing, Visual Computing and Digital Europe/ Open Innovation. The second stream was hosted in Leixlip, Ireland, on October 12-14.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.


More information and the press kit (including photos, videos and presentations) supporting the the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference 2010 can be found here: http://newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-1304

Every month senior executives from Intel UK & Ireland will host live webinars, here in the newsroom, to provide UK journalists with the definitive overview on Intel activities in the UK.

 

This is an opportunity for you to have a live Q&A session with our UK executives.

 

The first webinar will be presented by Chrissie Harrison, Intel UK & Ireland’s channel manager, at 11:00 (BST) on 7th October, offering a review of what happened at the Intel Channel Conference on 5-6 October 2010.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to the broadcasts.

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel to purchase Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business, called WLS, in a cash transaction valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.
  • WLS sale enables Infineon to expand leading position in markets for automotive, industry and security technologies.
  • WLS will operate as a standalone business. Intel is committed to serving WLS' existing customers, including support for ARM-based platforms.
  • The acquisition expands Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX offerings to include Infineon's 3G capabilities and supports Intel's plans to accelerate LTE. The acquired technology will be used in Intel® Core processor-based laptops, and myriad of Intel® Atom™ processor-based devices, including smartphones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers.
  • The deal aligns with Internet connectivity pillar of Intel's computing strategy.

 

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Laura Conger

Intel(R) acquires McAfee

Posted by Laura Conger Aug 19, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 – Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee, Inc., through the purchase of all of the company’s common stock at $48 per share in cash, for approximately $7.68 billion. Both boards of directors have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close after McAfee shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary conditions specified in the agreement.


The acquisition reflects that security is now a fundamental component of online computing. Today’s security approach does not fully address the billions of new Internet-ready devices connecting, including mobile and wireless devices, TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines as well as the accompanying surge in cyber threats. Providing protection to a diverse online world requires a fundamentally new approach involving software, hardware and services.


Inside Intel, the company has elevated the priority of security to be on par with its strategic focus areas in energy-efficient performance and Internet connectivity.


McAfee, which has enjoyed double-digit, year-over-year growth and nearly 80 percent gross margins last year, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, reporting into Intel’s Software and Services Group. The group is managed by Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager of the group.


“With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online,” said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. “In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences.
“The addition of McAfee products and technologies into the Intel computing portfolio brings us incredibly talented people with a track record of delivering security innovations, products and services that the industry and consumers trust to make connecting to the Internet safer and more secure,” Otellini added.


“Hardware-enhanced security will lead to breakthroughs in effectively countering the increasingly sophisticated threats of today and tomorrow,” said James. “This acquisition is consistent with our software and services strategy to deliver an outstanding computing experience in fast-growing business areas, especially around the move to wireless mobility.”


“McAfee is the next step in this strategy, and the right security partner for us,” she added. “Our current work together has impressive prospects, and we look forward to introducing a product from our strategic partnership next year.”
“The cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years, with millions of new threats appearing every month,” said Dave DeWalt, president and CEO of McAfee. “We believe this acquisition will result in our ability to deliver a safer, more secure and trusted Internet-enabled device experience.”


McAfee, based in Santa Clara and founded in 1987, is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company with approximately $2 billion in revenue in 2009. With approximately 6,100 employees, McAfee’s products and technologies deliver secure solutions and services to consumers, enterprises and governments around the world and include a strong sales force that works with a variety of customers.
The company has a suite of software-related security solutions, including end-point and networking products and services that are focused on helping to ensure Internet-connected devices and networks are protected from malicious content, phony requests and unsecured transactions and communications. Among others, products include McAfee Total Protection™, McAfee Antivirus, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Firewall, McAfee IPS as well as an expanding line of products targeting mobile devices such as smartphones.
Intel has made a series of recent and successful software acquisitions to pursue a deliberate strategy focused on leading companies in their industry delivering software that takes advantage of silicon. These include gaming, visual computing, embedded device and machine software and now security.


Home to two of the most innovative labs and research in the high-tech industry, Intel and McAfee will also jointly explore future product concepts to further strengthen security in the cloud network and myriad of computers and devices people use in their everyday lives.
On a GAAP basis, Intel expects the combination to be slightly dilutive to earnings in the first year of operations and approximately flat in the second year. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding a one-time write down of deferred revenue when the transaction closes and amortization of acquired intangibles, Intel expects the combination to be slightly accretive in the first year and improve beyond that.
Intel was advised by Goldman Sachs & Co. and Morrison & Foerster LLP. McAfee was advised by Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

 

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com  .

 

About McAfee
McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee is committed to relentlessly tackling the world's toughest security challenges. The company delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems and networks around the world, allowing users to safely connect to the Internet, browse, and shop the web more securely. Backed by an award-winning research team, McAfee creates innovative products that empower home users, businesses, the public sector, and service providers by enabling them to prove compliance with regulations, protect data, prevent disruptions, identify vulnerabilities, and continuously monitor and improve their security. http://www.mcafee.com

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Backed by industry support of the Intel® Atom™ processor-based storage platform for home and small business, first launched in March, Intel has announced two new processors to expand support of the platform. The Intel Atom processor D425 single-core and D525 dual-core introduce a higher frequency CPU for faster processing and support for an upcoming storage technology. Since the launch of the first Intel Atom processor platform for storage earlier this year, leading storage manufacturers Acer, Cisco, HP, LaCie, LG Electronics, NETGEAR, QNAP, Super Micro, Synology and Thecus have shipped products based on the energy-efficient platform.


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