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As you prepare for your holiday travels, don’t leave home without packing some interesting reads in your bag. With these reading apps from the Intel AppUpSM center, you have access to millions of books in your carry-on without defying airline weight restrictions. Read from your netbook with ReadBooks, choose from more than two million titles with Nook for PC or access more than 100,000 free novels, fan fiction, short stories and poetry with Wattpad.

Intel kicked off a pilot program with Civic Ventures offering an Encore Fellowship program to all retirement-eligible employees in the U.S.  Encore Fellowships are paid, time-limited assignments that match skilled and experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with local nonprofits. Civic Ventures, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, created the concept Encore Fellowships.

Intel today released the Intel® Embedded Software Development Tool Suite 2.3, which supports the latest Intel® Atom™ processor-based platforms and optimizations. This release updates all key software components in the embedded tool suite and adds support for devices based on the Yocto Project*. The updated components include the compiler, performance libraries as well as the analysis and debug tools. The new version allows embedded software developers to quickly assess, stabilize, debug and optimize system and application code for embedded devices in order to maximize performance and power savings.

Have you ever wondered how the microprocessor, the brain 'behind the magic' of your PC, is made? If so, this new and updated version of the popular "From Sand to Silicon - The Making of a Chip" photo series is for you. It shows how chips are made using Intel's latest 22nm process technology inlcuding 3D/Tri-Gate transistors.

Intel Labs placed #6 on the Graph500 ranking, a semi-annual listing of the highest performance machines for emerging “big data” supercomputing applications. In computer science, “graphs” are a way to represent and explore the connections between things, such as all the stops in a subway system, all the links in a large computer network, or all the relationships between people on social networks like Facebook. Graph computing is also used to discover meaningful correlations between events for applications such as medical informatics and cyber security. Learn more about how Intel Labs is working on this area of computing.

Today, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Intel a Green Power Partner of the Year in its 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards. Intel, an EPA Green Power Partner and no stranger to EPA recognition, is among 19 organizations paving the way in clean energy leadership. To learn more, check out Intel’s Eco-Smart Technology.

At the SC ’11 supercomputing conference in Seattle, Intel’s Enterprise Platform and Services Division (EPSD) previewed the first products in their new family of server boards and systems. Built to run the future Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 (Codenamed Sandy Bridge-EP), the systems will deliver a broad range of capabilities to meet the needs of any growing business, no matter how large or small. For more details, go to The Intel Server Room Forum.

Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology has garnered a Best of What’s New Award in the area of Computing from Popular Science magazine. These awards are given to innovative technologies that are found in real products that have come to market. PopSci pointed to Thunderbolt technology being “…the first to combine the languages that handle data and display in one channel, making it faster and more versatile than any other connection.” Learn more about Thunderbolt Technology.

As the Supercomputing 2011 conference goes on in Seattle, Purdue University revealed it has named  a new supercomputer – the fastest supercomputer in any university-funded research computing center, according to rankings released this week – after former Intel marketing chief Dennis Carter, whose creation of the Intel Inside co-op marketing program helped spur the widespread adoption of personal computers and all that followed.   Purdue wrote: “In two words and five musical notes, Dennis Carter helped make Intel microprocessors a familiar and trusted brand, not just among engineers but also among computer-buying consumers around the world.”  View the full story.

Today, at the 12th annual Intel Capital Global Summit, Intel Capital will be announcing news and investments. The announcement, presented by Intel Capital President Arvind Sodhani and Intel Senior Vice President Renée James, will be webcast from 12:30 – 1:15 pm PST today. The webcast can be viewed here. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for the Q&A session.

In Total, $45 Million in Worldwide Investments Announced at 2011 Intel Capital Global Summit

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • $100 Million Intel Capital AppUpSM Fund and first two investments announced at Intel Capital Global Summit.
  • The Intel Capital AppUp Fund targets companies developing applications and digital content for multiple types of devices.
  • Over two days, $45 million of investments in twelve companies from all over the world announced at the Intel Capital Global Summit.

 

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 – Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment and M&A organization, unveiled a $100 million Intel Capital AppUpSM Fund. The fund will invest in software tools and services companies developing innovative applications and digital content for the mobile and PC ecosystem available at the Intel AppUpSM center, Intel's convenient, personalized and secure app store for netbooks, consumer laptops and Ultrabooks.

 

The initial two investments include Urban Airship, a mobile platform-as-a-service company and 4tiitoo, a German OSV and tablet device developer. The announcement was made at the 12th annual Intel Capital Global Summit.

 

“The explosion of connected computing devices  has created tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs to create and build businesses to meet the unprecedented demand for new and innovative computing applications and digital content,” said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president. “The Intel Capital AppUp Fund will help encourage the creation of companies interested in delivering or enabling applications that enhance and extend the online experience for the 15 billion devices expected to be connected by 2015.”

 

The Intel Capital AppUp Fund will invest in companies producing infrastructure, middleware, innovative applications and digital content across the continuum of connected devices in application developer-centric equity deals all over the world. The fund is built to advance computing innovations based on Intel® architecture in key areas such as digital media consumption, context-aware computing and infrastructure applications. While the investments will focus across multiple technologies and devices, key areas include cross-platform technologies such as HTML5, as well as experiences designed specifically for Ultrabooks.

 

“The Intel Capital AppUp Fund further demonstrates Intel’s support of the mobile market segment, and creating exciting apps and digital content for Intel architecture is at the center of our AppUp efforts,” said Renée James, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “The fund provides us with a great opportunity to continue innovating, while also engaging with some of the most promising companies to help drive future software technology.”

 

Details on the new Intel Capital AppUp Fund investments follow:

 

Urban Airship (Portland, Ore.) makes mobile marketing engaging, effective and efficient. Publishers and developers use Urban Airship's platform to reach target audiences and increase app revenue streams  through push notifications, in-app purchasing, subscriptions, context and geo-location. This enables developers to build a new class of apps that are smarter, more context-rich and more valuable to consumers.

 

4tiitoo AG (Germany) specializes in the development of open source based software solutions across all system layers from kernel development up to application development. 4tiitoo's “WeTab OS” is optimized for tablets and mobile devices combining intuitive user experience with lifestyle design. WeTab OS supports applications from multiple platforms and technologies (from Linux, Java, HTML5 to Adobe AIR, Adobe Flash and Android) for best and unrestricted web and computing experience. As a subsidiary of 4tiitoo AG, WeTab GmbH develops the WeTab, an innovative tablet computer, which, due to its open system architecture, supports several different platforms and offers an alternative to closed systems.

 

The Intel Capital AppUp Fund compliments other Intel efforts intended to help enrich the lives of people at home, at work and on-the-go. These efforts include the $300 million Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund.

 

In addition to the Intel Capital AppUp Fund and its first investments, yesterday at the Global Summit Intel Capital also announced 10 new and planned investments in countries all over the world, reflecting Intel Capital’s ongoing support for global innovation. The companies include India’s Happiest Minds Technologies and TELiBrahma; China’s Outblaze Venture Holdings, Miartech and MakePolo.com; South Korea’s Neosem; Taiwan’s SNSplus and Insyde Software; and Japan’s OneBe and G-cluster. In total, Intel Capital has announced $45 million in new investments at the 2011 Global Summit.

 

About the Intel Capital Global Summit
The Intel Capital Global Summit, formerly known as CEO Summit, is Intel Capital’s pre-eminent technology networking event. The 2011 Summit brings together over 900 registered attendees from Intel Capital portfolio companies, Intel’s global customers and partners and industry leaders from around the world.  The Intel Capital Global Summit 2011 is sponsored by Aon Corporation, Capgemini, Credit Suisse, Evercore Partners, Gibson Dunn, KPMG, Morrison-Foerster, Needham, NYSE Euronext and Silicon Valley Bank.

 

About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel's global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, health, consumer Internet, digital media, semiconductor manufacturing and cleantech. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$10.4 billion in over 1,185 companies in 51 countries. In that timeframe, 194 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 286 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2010, Intel Capital invested US$327 million in 119 investments with approximately 44 percent of funds invested outside the U.S. and Canada. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com.

 

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Intel® Xeon® E5 Processor Debuts on TOP500 List; First Intel® Many Integrated Core Co-processor Demonstrated to Deliver Performance Above 1 TFLOPS

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, world’s first server chip to support the PCI Express* 3.0 I/O integration, debuts on TOP500 list, powering 10 supercomputers.
  • Intel’s “Knights Corner” product, the first commercial co-processor based on the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) architecture, was shown for the first time breaking the barrier of 1 TFLOPS double precision performance**.
  • Intel announced additional investments and new partner projects with R&D laboratories to pursue the goal of achieving Exascale performance by 2018.
  • Intel processors power 85 percent of all new entries to the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers, with Intel Xeon processor 5600 series being most popular selected for 223 systems.

 

 

KnightsCorner.jpg

Rajeeb Hazra, General Manager of Intel Technical Computing Group holding “Knights Corner” – Intel® Many Core Architecture co-processor capable of delivering more than 1 TFLOPS of double precision performance.

SEATTLE, Nov. 15, 2011 – At SC11, Intel Corporation revealed details about the company’s next-generation Intel Xeon processor-based and Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC)-based platforms designed for high-performance computing (HPC). The company also outlined  new investments in research and development that will lead the industry to Exascale performance by 2018.

 

During his briefing at the conference, Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of Technical Computing, Intel Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, said that the Intel Xeon processor E5 family is the world’s first server processor to support full integration of the PCI Express 3.0 specification**. PCIe 3.0 is estimated** to double the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe* 2.0 specification** while enabling lower power and higher density server implementations. New fabric controllers taking advantage of the PCI Express 3.0 specification will allow more efficient scaling of performance and data transfer with the growing number of nodes in HPC supercomputers.

 

The early-performance benchmarks revealed that the Intel Xeon E5 delivers up to 2.1* times** more performance in raw FLOPS (Floating Point Operations Per Second as measured by Linpack*) and up to 70 percent more performance using real-HPC workloads compared to the previous generation of Intel Xeon 5600 series processors.

 

“Customer acceptance of the Intel Xeon E5 processor  has exceeded our expectations and is driving the fastest debut on the TOP500 list of any processor in Intel’s history,” said Hazra. “Collecting, analyzing and sharing large amounts of information is critical to today’s science activities and requires new levels of processor performance and technologies designed precisely for this purpose.”

 

The Intel Xeon E5 processors made their way onto the TOP500 list in the year of the 40th anniversary of availability of the world’s first microprocessor (the Intel 4004 processor) and on the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Intel Xeon brand. Since the introduction of Intel Xeon processors in 2001, Intel estimates that Xeon processor performance has increased by more than 130 times***.

 

Two months since its initial shipments to supercomputer centers, Intel Xeon E5 processors now power 10 systems on the TOP500 list. More than 20,000 of these processors are in operation, delivering a cumulative peak performance of more than 3.4 Petaflops.

 

As previously announced, the upcoming Intel Xeon processor E5 family will power several other future supercomputers, including the 10 PFLOPS “Stampede” at Texas Advanced Computing Center, the 1.6 PFLOPs “Yellowstone” at The National Center for Atmospheric Research, the 1.6 PFLOPS “Curie” at GENCI, the 1.3 PFLOPS system at International Fusion Energy Research Center (IFERC) and more than 1 PFLOPS “Pleiades” expansion at NASA.

 

Intel started shipping the Intel Xeon processor E5 family to a small number of cloud and HPC customers in September, with broad availability planned in the first half of 2012. Intel is tracking more than 400 design wins for the Intel Xeon processor E5 family, nearly double the amount at time of launch of the Xeon 5500/5600 generation. Demand for initial production units is approximately 20 times greater than for previous generations of the Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 series processors.

 

During SC’11 Intel also provided details on its greatly expanded lineup of server boards and chassis, including products specifically optimized for HPC, which will be ready to support the launch of the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5.

 

First Teraflops Intel Many Integrated Core Co-Processor Showcased

Intel also reiterated its commitment to delivering the most efficient and programming-friendly platform for highly parallel applications. The benefits of the Intel MIC architecture in weather modeling, tomography, proteins folding and advanced materials simulation were shown at Intel’s booth at SC’11.

 

The first presentation of the first silicon of “Knights Corner” co-processor showed that Intel architecture is capable of delivering more than 1 TFLOPs of double precision floating point performance (as measured by the Double-precision, General Matrix-Matrix multiplication benchmark -- DGEMM*). This was the first demonstration of a single processing chip capable of achieving such a performance level.

 

“Intel first demonstrated a Teraflop supercomputer utilizing 9,680 Intel® Pentium Pro® Processors in 1997 as part of Sandia Lab’s “ASCI RED” system,” Hazra said. “Having this performance now in a single chip based on Intel MIC architecture is a milestone that will once again be etched into HPC history.”

 

“Knights Corner,” the first commercial Intel MIC architecture product, will be manufactured using Intel’s latest 3-D Tri-Gate 22nm transistor process and will feature more than 50 cores. When available, Intel MIC products will offer both high performance from an architecture specifically designed to process highly parallel workloads, and compatibility with existing x86 programming model and tools.

 

Hazra said that the “Knights Corner” co-processor is very unique as, unlike traditional accelerators, it is fully accessible and programmable like fully functional HPC compute node, visible to applications as though it was a computer that runs its own Linux*-based operating system independent of the host OS.

 

One of the benefits of Intel MIC architecture is the ability to run existing applications without the need to port the code to a new programming environment. This will allow scientists to use both CPU and co-processor performance simultaneously with existing x86 based applications, dramatically saving time, cost and resources that would otherwise be needed to rewrite them to alternative proprietary languages.

 

Intel Increases Investment in Exascale Computing Labs

As previously announced at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011 in Hamburg, Germany, Intel’s goal is to deliver Exascale-level performance by 2018 (which is more than 100 times faster performance than is currently available) while only requiring two times the power usage of the current top supercomputer. Fundamental to achieving that goal is working closely with the HPC community, and today Hazra announced several new initiatives that will help to achieve that goal.

 

Intel and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have signed a multi-year agreement to create the Exascale Laboratory in Barcelona, Intel’s fourth European Exascale R&D lab that joins existing sites in Paris, Juelich (Germany) and Leuven (Belgium). This new laboratory will focus on scalability issues in the programming and runtime systems of Exascale supercomputers.

 

Additionally, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Intel have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and test technology that will be required to power the supercomputers of tomorrow. Under this initial agreement, STFC’s computational scientists at its Daresbury Laboratory in England and Intel will work together to test and evaluate Intel’s current and future hardware with leading software applications to ensure that scientists are ready to exploit Intel’s supercomputer systems of the future.

 

TOP500 Supercomputers

The 38th edition of the Top500 list, which was announced at SC’11, shows that the world’s leading scientists and institutions continue to base their supercomputers on Intel Xeon processors. Out of all new entries to the list compared to last edition, Intel-powered supercomputers accounted for close to 85 percent. The Intel Xeon 5600 series processor is the top processor on the list, powering 223 systems. Intel Xeon processor E5 family made its introduction in 10 systems on the list with record-breaking 152 GFLOPS per socket and 91 percent efficiency. Intel processors also power five systems in the top 10 and almost 77 percent of all listed supercomputers. The complete report is available at www.top500.org.

 

Presentation: Intel Insights at SC11

 

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 newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

Intel, Xeon and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

 

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** Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.  Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

Configurations [Intel Xeon E5 vs Intel Xeon 5600 performance claims]:

  • 2S Xeon E5 score of 342.7 based on Intel internal measurements as of 7 September 2011 using an Intel Rose City platform with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5, Turbo Enabled, EIST Enabled, Hyper-Threading Enabled, 64 GB memory (8 x 8GB DDR3-1600), Red Hat* Enterprise Linux Server 6.1 beta for x86_6
  • Intel Tylersburg-EP platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor X5690# (6-Core, 3.46GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 6.4GT/s, B1-stepping), EIST Enabled, Turbo Boost enabled, Hyper-Threading Disabled, 48GB memory (12x 4GB DDR3-1333 REG ECC), 160GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, Red Hat* Enterprise Linux Server 5.5 for x86_64 with kernel 2.6.35.10. Source: Intel internal testing as of Apr 2011. Score : 159.40 Gflops.

Intel internal measurements October 2011. For more information go to www.intel.com/performance.

 

*** Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

The Creators Project, a joint venture between Intel and Vice, won its second consecutive Media Vanguard Award from Ad Age for “Best Multimedia and Experiential Extravaganza.” Based on their shared passion for art, creativity and technology, Intel and Vice have brought The Creators Project to life and feature the best of technology and global arts.  The Media Vanguard Awards were created to honor transformative, next-generation media and this year’s winners will be celebrated tonight at the ME: Media Evolved conference this evening in Manhattan.

HPCwire online awarded Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2011 the Editor’s Choice for Best HPC Software Product or Technology. Intel Parallel Studio XE 2011 combines enhanced optimizing compilers, libraries, error checkers and performance analyzers in a single integrated suite that enables developers to write faster, more reliable and secure code on Windows and Linux. Intel is being recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the SC11 conference in Seattle. The awards are an annual feature of the publication and constitute prestigious recognition from the high performance computing community.

40th Anniversary of the Intel® 4004, the World’s First Microprocessor

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Intel® 4004, the world’s first commercially available microprocessor.
  • Microprocessors are the hidden intelligence in the modern world, the “brains” that bring intelligence to myriad everyday devices and systems.
  • The microprocessor is the engine of the digital revolution that has changed our society dramatically over the past several decades, democratizing access to information.
  • Innovation in microprocessor and related technologies is fueling the next era of computing experiences when the devices will become context aware and more like a personal assistant than a traditional computer.

 

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 – On this day 40 years ago, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first commercially available microprocessor – the Intel® 4004 – triggering the start of the digital revolution. While most people have never seen a microprocessor, devices that contain them have become so integrated into daily life that they have become virtually indispensible.

 

Microprocessors are the “brains” inside computers, servers, phones, cars, cameras, refrigerators, radios, TVs and many other everyday devices. The proliferation of microprocessors is due in large part to Intel’s relentless pursuit of Moore’s Law, a forecast for the pace of silicon technology development that states that roughly every 2 years transistor density of semiconductors will double, while increasing functionality and performance and decreasing costs. It has become the basic business model for the semiconductor industry for more than 40 years.

 

For example, compared to the Intel 4004, today’s second-generation Intel® Core™ processors are more than 350,000 times the performance and each transistor uses about 5,000 times less energy. In this same time period, the price of a transistor has dropped by a factor of about 50,000.

 

Future microprocessors developed on Intel’s next-generation 22nm manufacturing process are due in systems starting next year and will deliver even more energy-efficient performance as a result of the company’s breakthrough 3-D Tri-Gate transistors that make use of a new transistor structure. These novel transistors usher in the next era of Moore’s Law and make possible a new generation of innovations across a broad spectrum of devices.

 

While looking back to see how much things have changed since the microprocessor’s introduction, it’s astounding to think about the future and how this digital revolution will continue at a rapid pace as microprocessor technology continues to evolve.

 

“The sheer number of advances in the next 40 years will equal or surpass all of the innovative activity that has taken place over the last 10,000 years of human history,” said Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer.

 

Such advances in chip technology are paving the way for an age when computing systems will be aware of what is happening around them, and anticipate people’s needs. This capability is poised to fundamentally change the nature of how people interact with and relate to information devices and the services they provide. Future context-aware devices ranging from PCs and smartphones to automobiles and televisions, will be able to advise people and guide them through their day in a manner more like a personal assistant than a traditional computer.

 

Reflections and Predications: The Impact of the Microprocessor

 

To celebrate the past 40 years of microprocessor innovation and look ahead at the next 40 years, Intel compiled photos, video interviews, opinion pieces and a number of info graphics and other materials with insight from Intel and industry executives, analysts, futurists and engineers. To view all of these materials, visit http://newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-2383.

 

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 newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

 

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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