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At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show this week in Las Vegas, Intel made some key announcements regarding Thunderbolt™ technology, the fastest data connection available in your personal computer. Intel introduced the Intel® DSL4510/4410 Thunderbolt controllers which add DisplayPort 1.2 capability when connecting to native DP displays, improve power management, and reduce platform BOM cost. Intel also previewed early prototype silicon of its next-generation Thunderbolt controller codenamed Falcon Ridge, which runs at 20Gbs, enabling 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. Initial production is expected before the end of this year, with ramp in 2014.  Stop by Intel booth LVCC #SL9610 at NAB or read more about Thunderbolt technology.

Yesterday HP announced the availability of the first production HP ProLiant Moonshot servers. These systems are based on 64-bit Intel Atom S1200 processor family and are shipping to customers now. In the second half of 2013, HP Moonshot servers will feature also the entirely new generation of Intel Atom processors codenamed Avoton. Avoton is build using 3D tri-gate 22nm transistors and new micro-architecture "Silvermont". Intel's second generation of 64-bit server SoCs will provide a significant increase in performance and performance per watt vs. currently available Intel Atom S1200. In her blog, Raejeanne Skillern - Intel's Director of Cloud Marketing, shares her thoughts on HP's Moonshot launch and how Intel is excited to see two generations of Intel Atom SoCs powering new HP ProLiant Moonshot servers this year. Additionally Jason Waxman, General Manager of Intel Cloud Infrastructure Group in this video talks about Intel and HP long collaboration and how current and new generations of Intel Atom SoC will help HP ProLiant Moonshot servers to success.

For the first time, Intel® enables developers to easily create high density, energy efficient datacenter and embedded media solutions with Intel HD Graphics.  Intel Media SDK 2013 for Linux* Servers now supports hardware acceleration for video on the Intel Xeon® E3-1285Lv2 and 3rd Generation Intel Core™ processors with Linux operating systems. The new SDK simplifies the development of enterprise media applications, improves video processing performance, and reduces the complexities of accessing hardware acceleration for real-time streaming, teleconferencing, and video analytics. Developers have the opportunity to sign up for  the limited beta here, and visit the Intel NAB booth #SL9610 for more information.

The latest Intel® HD Graphics driver includes a new driver architecture and optimizations that reduce CPU overhead and increase game performance by up to 10% in games like Starcraft* II, Batman Arkham City* and WoW: Mists of Pandaria*. These drivers support OpenCL* 1.2 for general purpose programming using CPU, GPU and hardware acceleration on Intel HD Graphics. Download the latest 32-bit drivers and 64-bit drivers.

For cutting-edge visual computing applications, Intel today released the Intel® Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL Applications 2013 supporting the OpenCL 1.2 standard on 3rd and future 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors. General purpose programing using OpenCL, coupled with the hardware acceleration capability of Intel HD Graphics, helps provide better performance and improved battery life on low-power Intel Core platforms running Microsoft Windows* 7 and 8 operating systems. The SDK is ideal for content creation applications like video editing, music creation, and photo editing. Developers can now download a free copy of Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013.

The latest episode of Intel’s MashUp Radio with Peter Biddle welcomed San Francisco-based startups, including FarFaria, Drawp, and PlayTell, to discuss how the companies are encouraging young children to explore their world through reading and creative expression. During the show, Biddle and the startup executives and founders discuss how mobile apps can help children develop a love of reading, establish a stronger bond with long distance loved ones, and more creatively explore their world. MashUp Radio with Peter Biddle is an online radio program that brings together a variety of perspectives to discuss the fusion of technology, life, culture and science. Hosted by Peter Biddle, an Intel engineer and executive, the program strives to take on the hottest topics in order to create a lively and thought-provoking discussion.

Today at Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, the supercomputer "Stampede" - currently the largest Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors' based system was officially dedicated. "Stampede" delivers 10 Petaflops of performance and is powered by combination of 12.800 Intel Xeon processors E5 product family and 6.880 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. "Stampede" already allows researchers to increase the accuracy of MRI scans, more effectively predict earthquakes, and help to advance in many other sciences as well. Intel's John Hengeveld shares his thoughts in a blog on why this is an important milestone for the science and why HPC is the best example of a technology directly affecting lives of every humans on Earth. More information about Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors can be found here.

Rendering Extensions for Intel® HD Graphics Offer Unique Features for Game Developers

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • New rendering extensions for Intel® HD Graphics debuted at GDC 2013.
  • HandBrake*, one of the most popular open source video transcoders, is being accelerated using Intel® Quick Sync Video.
  • The Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers toolset has been updated to further help developers optimize performance on games, media and other graphic-intensive applications.
  • Updates to the popular Intel® Level Up Contest and million-dollar Perceptual Computing Contest were announced.

 

 

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE (GDC), San Francisco, March 27, 2013 – Intel Corporation today announced several tools and initiatives targeted at software developers, creating some of the most performance-hungry gaming and media titles on the market. Intel® Core™ processor performance, power efficiency and strong momentum for Intel HD Graphics are freeing developers to take applications in new directions.

 

Debuting at GDC 2013 were new graphics capabilities for forthcoming Intel  HD Graphics platforms that are accessible through DirectX* extensions. The first of these extensions, called PixelSync, provides access to underlying hardware that allows programmers to properly composite partially transparent pixels without the need for an expensive sorting operation. Game developers have long awaited this capability in order to more realistically render smoke, hair, windows, foliage, fences and other complex geometry and natural phenomena.

 

"The artists working on 'Grid2' have been requesting this type of effect for years, and prior to this, it wasn't possible to achieve it at a reasonable cost," said Clive Moody, senior executive producer at Codemasters Racing*. "The fact that this capability will be available to millions of consumers on forthcoming 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors is very exciting to us."

 

InstantAccess, the second new extension, works by allowing physical memory to be written and read from either the CPU or from the built-in Intel HD Graphics.

 

"We have been working directly with Intel engineers to fully exploit the Intel-specific rendering extensions that most effectively enhance rendering performance and visual quality of 'Total War: ROME II,'” said Mike Simpson, the creative director of Creative Assembly1. "With our upcoming game, 'Total War: ROME II,' we've shifted our focus toward ensuring that the game looks great whether you're running it on a slim and sexy Ultrabook or a monster desktop. Intel's 4th generation Intel Core platforms and the new rendering extensions they provide have been an enormous help in making that dream a reality."

 

These real-time rendering extensions are being released in advance of the launch of Intel's newest generation of Core processors in order to give developers extra time to begin incorporating them into their products. Initially, these extensions are available through Intel's implementation of DirectX and on Intel 4th gen Core platforms only. Documents describing these extensions are available now from Intel's Visual Computing Source web site.

 

In the area of media software, consumers access and share more video than ever, so tools to help them move content to multiple devices and formats are increasingly more important. HandBrake*, one of the most popular open source video transcoders, is being accelerated using Intel® Quick Sync Video – dedicated hardware built into the latest Intel Core processors. Intel and the HandBrake team are showcasing the new HandBrake optimized for Intel Quick Sync Video at GDC.

 

"The HandBrake team has been working closely with Intel to leverage the advantages of Intel Quick Sync Video," said Tim Walker of the HandBrake team. "While testing is in the early stages, initial results show promise in terms of performance and significantly reduced CPU usage during the decode/encode process, especially for mobile and low-power CPU parts. Early test builds will be available shortly."

 

Performance comparable to that of other Intel Quick Sync Video-optimized transcoding applications is expected.

 

Intel's suite of graphic and game development tools, Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA), has also been updated to further help developers analyze and optimize performance on games, media and other graphic-intensive applications on Intel Core processor-based platforms with HD Graphics or on Intel® Atom™ processor-based Android* phones. Intel GPA 2013 R1 includes a Geometry Viewer with support for shader stages that aid developers in debugging performance bottlenecks. Other enhancements include additional Android support and platform updates for developers working with the latest Intel processors.

 

Development Kits, Contests to Speed Perceptual Computing, Gaming Innovation

In support of the company's efforts to make experiences with computing devices natural, intuitive and immersive, the production release of the Intel® Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit (SDK) 2013 is now available. With this release, developers can now make their applications available commercially. When used with the Creative* Interactive Gesture Camera, the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 enables developers to add human-like interaction to computers in the form of close-range finger or hand-tracking, speech recognition, facial analysis and augmented reality that has applications for gaming and beyond.

 

Intel also announced the 2013 version of its popular Intel Level Up Contest through which it continues to encourage game developer innovation. Entries will be judged by a panel of game industry luminaries, and once again the winning entries will have a chance to win a publishing contract from contest co-sponsor Valve Corporation.

 

In addition, to spark innovation around perceptual computing, Intel is launching the second phase of the million-dollar Intel Perceptual Computing Challenge, and announcing the winners of phase one. Now through September 2013, developers in 16 countries will compete in phase two for more than $800,000 in prizes in categories including Perceptual Gaming, Productivity, Creative User Interface and Open Innovation. Learn more about phase two and see the winners from phase one.

 

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In celebration of World Water Day, Intel is recognizing the winners of the Environmental Excellence Awards, which honor employees who help reduce Intel’s environmental footprint. In 2012, water conservation was a large theme in these awards, and it’s also a key aspect of Intel’s overarching sustainability commitment. In fact, to date, Intel’s efforts have saved more than 40 billion gallons of water – enough for roughly 400,000 U.S. homes for an entire year. To learn more about Intel’s water conservation commitment and sustainability initiatives, click here.

Intel Labs and the U.S. Army have signed an R&D agreement to dramatically improve virtual reality tools used to train troops. The work could allow thousands of soldiers to concurrently participate in virtual training exercises -- a 10-fold increase over the current technology. Eventually, the technology could aid other professions including first responders working on disaster simulations. It can also help model that massive paintball war you're planning this weekend. Intel research scientist Huaiyu Liu has additional thoughts on this technology.

Building on the recently announced Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop* software, the Enterprise Platforms and Services Division (EPSD) announced that it would enable the channel to deliver big data solutions to IT customers. EPSD will offer bundles of Intel server hardware, including motherboards and chassis, with the Intel Distribution to the channel. Customers purchasing the bundle will receive a 30% or more discount versus purchasing the software and hardware components separately. The Intel Distribution has been optimized to run on Intel processors, storage and networking hardware. The combination is designed to deliver the cost-effective performance that the channel needs. For more information, visit EPSD’s website.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2013 – Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a 22.5 cents-per-share (90 cents-per-share on an annual basis) quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on June 1, 2013 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2013.

 

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.

Intel Capital has announced an investment in Geofusion, a Brazilian company providing geomarketing data analytics and intelligence to enterprise customers. Geofusion’s cloud-based OnMap platform combines geographic data with relevant market information, such as industry specific consumption statistics and census-based demographics, to help customers improve decision making on issues such as placement of key assets, distribution channel coverage and product pricing strategies. With the market for big data software applications in Brazil expected to achieve US $260 million, Intel Capital sees significant opportunities in the business analytics market due to Brazilian companies increasingly paying attention to the many ways in which technology can help business. Geofusion marks Intel Capital’s second investment in a Brazilian big data company, following its investment announced last month in WebRadar, an analytics company delivering operational intelligence for telecom, energy and transportation markets. More information can be found in the Intel Capital press release.

Intel Free Press has revised and updated its mobile app to version 4.3 with a new look and new features. The app includes all the feature stories available at the main site, along with photos, videos, twitter feeds from the writers and more. It even includes real-time weather and a GPS-based Google traffic feature. Available for Android, Apple, and Blackberry phones at the following locations: Google Play, the iTunes store, and Blackberry World. Intel Free Press is a tech news site from Intel, with news and information focused on people, technology, events and topics relevant to Intel and the computing industry.

Service providers around the globe continue to look for ways to innovate and deliver solutions to meet the growing demands of their customers. To help address those needs, Intel today launched its Intel® Media Server Reference Design (MSRD) at the TV Connect show in London. The MSRD, based on the Intel® Atom™ processor CE5300, is both a hardware and software design kit that allows OEMs and system integrators to quickly develop Intel-based set-top boxes and media servers. Want to learn more? Check out this blog post from the team.

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