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Phase 2 of the Intel Perceptual Computing Challenge is now open to application developers in 16 countries for the opportunity to win prizes worth more than $800,000. The competition calls on developers to use the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK to create new and innovative applications or games that integrate voice control, gesture control, facial recognition or augmented reality. Developers can submit applications in one of four categories: perceptual computing, productivity, creative user interfaces and open innovation. Submissions for Phase 2 are open until September. Enter the Intel Perceptual Computing Challenge.


  • Intel announces Silvermont microarchitecture, a new design in Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process delivering significant increases in performance and energy efficiency.
  • Silvermont microarchitecture delivers ~3x more peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over current-generation Intel® Atom™ processor core.1
  • Silvermont to serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products targeted at tablets, smartphones, microservers, network infrastructure, storage and other market segments including entry laptops and in-vehicle infotainment.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 6, 2013 – Intel Corporation today took the wraps off its brand new, low-power, high-performance microarchitecture named Silvermont.


The technology is aimed squarely at low-power requirements in market segments from smartphones to the data center. Silvermont will be the foundation for a range of innovative products beginning to come to market later this year, and will also be manufactured using the company's leading-edge, 22nm Tri-Gate SoC manufacturing process, which brings significant performance increases and improved energy efficiency.


"Silvermont is a leap forward and an entirely new technology foundation for the future that will address a broad range of products and market segments," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer. "Early sampling of our 22nm SoCs, including "Bay Trail" and "Avoton" is already garnering positive feedback from our customers. Going forward, we will accelerate future generations of this low-power microarchitecture on a yearly cadence."


The Silvermont microarchitecture delivers industry-leading performance-per-watt efficiency.2 The highly balanced design brings increased support for a wider dynamic range and seamlessly scales up and down in performance and power efficiency. On a variety of standard metrics, Silvermont also enables ~3x peak performance or the same performance at ~5x lower power over the current-generation Intel® Atom™ processor core.1


Silvermont: Next-Generation Microarchitecture

Intel's Silvermont microarchitecture was designed and co-optimized with Intel's 22nm SoC process using revolutionary 3-D Tri-gate transistors. By taking advantage of this industry-leading technology, Intel is able to provide a significant performance increase and improved energy efficiency.


Additional highlights of the Silvermont microarchitecture include:


  • A new out-of-order execution engine enables best-in-class, single-threaded performance.1
  • A new multi-core and system fabric architecture scalable up to eight cores and enabling greater performance for higher bandwidth, lower latency and more efficient out-of-order support for a more balanced and responsive system.
  • New IA instructions and technologies bringing enhanced performance, virtualization and security management capabilities to support a wide range of products. These instructions build on Intel's existing support for 64-bit and the breadth of the IA software installed base.
  • Enhanced power management capabilities including a new intelligent burst technology, low- power C states and a wider dynamic range of operation taking advantage of Intel's 3-D transistors. Intel® Burst Technology 2.0 support for single- and multi-core offers great responsiveness scaled for power efficiency.


"Through our design and process technology co-optimization we exceeded our goals for Silvermont," said Belli Kuttanna, Intel Fellow and chief architect. "By taking advantage of our strengths in microarchitecture development and leading-edge process technology, we delivered a technology package that enables significantly improved performance and power efficiency – all while delivering higher frequencies. We're proud of this accomplishment and believe that Silvermont will offer a strong and flexible foundation for a range of new, low-power Intel SoCs."


Architecting Across a Spectrum of Computing

Silvermont will serve as the foundation for a breadth of 22nm products expected in market later this year. The performance-per-watt improvements with the new microarchitecture will enable a significant difference in performance and responsiveness for the compute devices built around these products.


Intel's quad-core "Bay Trail" SoC is scheduled for holiday 2013 tablets and will more than double the compute performance capability of Intel's current-generation tablet offering1. Due to the flexibility of Silvermont, variants of the "Bay Trail" platform will also be used in market segments including entry laptop and desktop computers in innovative form factors.


Intel's "Merrifield" is scheduled to ship to customers by the end of this year. It will enable increased performance and battery life over current-generation products1 and brings support for context aware and personal services, ultra-fast connections for Web streaming, and increased data, device and privacy protection.


Intel's "Avoton" will enable industry-leading energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for microservers2, storage and scale out workloads in the data center. "Avoton" is Intel's second-generation Intel® Atom™ processor SoC to provide full server product capability that customers require including 64-bit, integrated fabric, error code correction, Intel virtualization technologies and software compatibility. "Rangeley" is aimed at the network and communication infrastructure, specifically for entry-level to mid-range routers, switches and security appliances. Both products are scheduled for the second half of this year.


Concurrently, Intel is delivering industry-leading advancements on its next-generation, 22nm Haswell microarchitecture for Intel® Core™ processors to enable full-PC performance at lower power levels for innovative "2-in-1" form factors, and other mobile devices available later this year. Intel also plans to refresh its line of Intel® Xeon® processor families across the data center on 22nm technology, delivering better performance-per-watt and other features.


"By taking advantage of both the Silvermont and Haswell microarchitectures, Intel is well positioned to enable great products and experiences across the full spectrum of computing," Perlmutter said.




About Intel
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1 Based on the geometric mean of a variety of power and performance measurements across various benchmarks. Benchmarks included in this geomean are measurements on browsing benchmarks and workloads including SunSpider* and page load tests on Internet Explorer*, FireFox*, & Chrome*; Dhrystone*; EEMBC* workloads including CoreMark*; Android* workloads including CaffineMark*, AnTutu*, Linpack* and Quadrant* as well as measured estimates on SPECint* rate_base2000 & SPECfp* rate_base2000; on Silvermont preproduction systems compared to Atom processor Z2580. Individual results will vary. SPEC* CPU2000* is a retired benchmark. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


2 Based on a geometric mean of the measured and projected power and performance of SPECint* rate_base2000 on Silvermont compared to expected configurations of main ARM*-based mobile competitors using descriptions of the architectures; assumes similar configurations. Numbers may be subject to change once verified with the actual parts. Individual results will vary. SPEC* CPU2000* is a retired benchmark; results are estimates. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


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. For more information go to: www.intel.com/performance.

How does Intel engage on-line audiences with a game in a crowded gaming market? By taking the game out of the virtual world and building it in the real one. New PUSH for Ultrabook has a fun and engaging retro-appeal, familiar to anyone who’s spent time in an arcade. For players in this game, that means "dropping" their name could literally win them an Ultrabook. For details, watch the teaser and then give it a try yourself.

Renée James Elected President


SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 2, 2013 – Intel Corporation announced today that the board of directors has unanimously elected Brian Krzanich as its next chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding Paul Otellini. Krzanich will assume his new role at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 16.


Krzanich, Intel’s chief operating officer since January 2012, will become the sixth CEO in Intel’s history. As previously announced, Otellini will step down as CEO and from the board of directors on May 16.


“After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the board of directors is delighted that Krzanich will lead Intel as we define and invent the next generation of technology that will shape the future of computing,” said Andy Bryant, chairman of Intel.


“Brian is a strong leader with a passion for technology and deep understanding of the business,” Bryant added. “His track record of execution and strategic leadership, combined with his open-minded approach to problem solving has earned him the respect of employees, customers and partners worldwide. He has the right combination of knowledge, depth and experience to lead the company during this period of rapid technology and industry change.”


Krzanich, 52, has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles since joining Intel in 1982.


“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel,” said Krzanich. “We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched legacy of innovation and execution. I look forward to working with our leadership team and employees worldwide to continue our proud legacy, while moving even faster into ultra-mobility, to lead Intel into the next era.”


The board of directors elected Renée James, 48, to be president of Intel. She will also assume her new role on May 16, joining Krzanich in Intel’s executive office.


"I look forward to partnering with Renée as we begin a new chapter in Intel’s history," said Krzanich. "Her deep understanding and vision for the future of computing architecture, combined with her broad experience running product R&D and one of the world’s largest software organizations, are extraordinary assets for Intel.”


As chief operating officer, Krzanich led an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, NAND Solutions group, Human Resources, Information Technology and Intel’s China strategy.


James, 48, has broad knowledge of the computing industry, spanning hardware, security, software and services, which she developed through leadership positions at Intel and as chairman of Intel’s software subsidiaries -- Havok, McAfee and Wind River. She also currently serves on the board of directors of Vodafone Group Plc and VMware Inc. and was chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove.


Additional career background on both executives is available at newsroom.intel.com.


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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.

How many car accidents are avoidable? Potentially all of them. This new TED Talk by Jennifer Healey, a research scientist at Intel, paints the picture of a not-so-far-away world without accidents. Cars will soon be able to share data with each other about their position and velocity and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road. The days of talking cars are closer than the Jetsons would suggest.

This week, Intel participated in the fourth annual LIVE! With Kelly and Michael' "Top Teacher Week" program which honors school teachers across the U.S. Intel gifted two "Top Teacher" finalists with cutting-edge technology for their entire classrooms. On Monday, Intel awarded Rick Zano of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia with 30 Intel Atom-powered Lenovo ThinkPad 2 Tablets for his classroom. These thin and light tablets feature all-day battery life and always-on connectivity. On Tuesday, Intel awarded Kathy Green from Summerville Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina with 30 Intel-Inspired Toshiba Satellite U925T Ultrabook Convertibles for her classroom. This 3.2 pound Ultrabook easily converts from laptop to tablet. Intel is committed to advancing education and transforming the lives of millions by providing the tools and resources necessary to bring 21st century learning into each and every classroom.

Intel Capital congratulates ASPEED Technology Inc. (5274: Taiwan) on its initial public offering (IPO) on the GreTai Securities Market (GTSM) in Taiwan. Intel Capital invested in Aspeed in 2011 with the goal of helping the company grow its leadership within the semiconductor ecosystem. ASPEED used the investment to expand its research and development team and extend the company’s marketing programs. This IPO marks another successful collaboration between Intel Capital and the IT industry in Taiwan and is Intel Capital’s first portfolio company IPO this year. For more information view the release.

In approximately 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds, Intel will reveal all there is to know about the highly anticipated 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. The new family of processors will surpass old technology expectations and usher in a host of striking new designs with incredible performance and extraordinarily long battery life. Stay tuned to the Intel Newsroom for more information as we get closer to the big day.

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The results of the second Ultimate Coder Challenge: Going Perceptual are in and Sixsense Studios won the title of “Ultimate Coder.” Seven developer teams competed to create the “ultimate app” using the Lenovo Yoga Ultrabook™ and the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK to showcase cutting edge Perceptual Computing technology. Sixense was chosen for its “Puppet in Motion” entry, an interactive storytelling app that uses natural hand gestures and voice-driven menus to enable children and families to control virtual puppets on the screen, creating their own imaginative stories. For more information, check out the Ultimate Coder Challenge: Going Perceptual portal.

Today Intel ranked #2 on Forbes’ List of “America’s Most Reputable Companies,” up from #30 in 2012. View the full list here. Forbes, in conjunction with the Reputation Institute, surveyed nearly 5,000 consumers on their perceptions of the 150 largest companies. Intel has an active and transparent commitment to corporate responsibility, including its work in education, environment, and community engagement through volunteerism.

The Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series adds VMware certification to a long list of desirable features, assuring solution support from the two providers. Now, VMware servers can obtain greater hypervisor guest scalability taking advantage of the 910’s 2000 MB/s and 180k IOPS throughput versus a few hundred IOPS from high rpm hard drives. With the 910’s greater storage throughput, today’s VMware servers can scale for tomorrow’s virtualization workloads by achieving higher CPU utilization, reducing the need to deploy additional servers. Intel SSD 910 Series certification by VMware was initiated from customer demand and achieved through joint company collaboration. To find out more about the 910 Series, please visit the product page.

The Intel® Solid-State Drive (SSD) 335 Series is adding a new 80 gigabyte (GB) capacity version to its current 180GB and 240GB product offerings. All capacities are available in a standard 2.5-inch form factor. As with the recently announced 180GB model, the 80GB drive will be offered in a new case design. Current pricing and availability is available from resellers or online retailers. Visit the Intel Solid-State Drive press kit for information.

You've changed with the times. Has your PC?  Did you know 33 percent of U.S. computers are over 4 years old and 65 percent of them are large desktops? These computers are often big, bulky and slow. PCs today look and act differently than their 4-year-old predecessors. They’re three times faster, half the weight, boast double the battery life, and boot up in less than 7 seconds. Not sure if it is time to upgrade your PC? Check out the latest PC buyers guide to find a new device that is right for you.

Today seven Intel science competition finalists are participating in the White House Science Fair: Jack Andraka, Easton LaChapelle, Caleb Meyer, Naethan Mundkur, Sara Volz, Megan Waples and Brittany Wenger. Like the White House, Intel’s science competitions, the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, programs of Society for Science & the Public, aim to encourage bright, young innovators and challenge youth to engage in math and science. Learn more at the Intel Education press kit.

Etisalat E-20 is First Smartphone in Middle East & North Africa Region with Intel Inside®


CAIRO, April 22, 2013 - Etisalat Misr, one of the leading telecom operators in Egypt, today announced the Etisalat E-20 smartphone with Intel Inside®, the first in the Middle East and North Africa region.The Etisalat E-20 smartphone is targeted at the growing number of smartphone buyers in Egypt who do not want to sacrifice device performance or user experience. With more than 91 million mobile subscribers1 and mobile penetration that has increased to 116.94 percent1 in Egypt in the last year (representing an annual growth rate of 14.19 percent compared to 2011)1, Intel and Etisalat Misr see this as good growth for Smartphone business potential in Egypt.


The handset will be available at all Etisalat stores across Egypt, and is equipped with the Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology that can achieve speeds of up to 1.2 GHz. The powerful device offers consumers fast Web browsing, impressive multimedia capabilities and a great Android* applications experience. The Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor brings Intel's classic product strengths and impressive performance to the value segment of the smartphone market. It enables a smooth and responsive user experience, which includes support for 1080p HD video capture, and a camera with advanced imaging capabilities, including burst mode that allows people to capture seven pictures in a second in 5-megapixel quality.


"Our new E-20 smartphone is yet another breakthrough for Etisalat Misr as a market leader in offering the latest technology to its customers" stated Saeed Al Hamli, Etisalat Misr CEO. He added, "We always strive to partner with the best, and this is why we chose Intel to provide this superior processor for our phone. We are optimistic about this partnership, and believe it will be fruitful for both of us."


"We are delighted to partner with Etisalat Misr to bring first smartphone with Intel Inside® to Egyptian consumers," said Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "The new handset will extend the rich capabilities and benefits of Intel technology to more smartphone users around the world and we believe that Egyptian consumers will welcome the overall value and functionality of the device."


"Today's announcement builds on Intel's growing device portfolio worldwide," said Aysegul Ildeniz, Intel regional director of the Middle East Turkey and Africa region. "Intel has been collaborating with worldwide customers from around the world to address the growing demands of consumers seeking smartphones with higher performance capabilities, which is why we are so excited to introduce the first Intel-based smartphone in Middle East and North Africa region with Etisalat."


The device is housed in a compact design and features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display for crisp text and images, support for FM radio and an expandable memory slot for greater flexibility, and HSPA+ modem support with Intel's XMM 6265 modem for global roaming.


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 is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


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


About Etisalat
Etisalat Misr is a subsidiary of Emirati Etisalat Group. It started its operation in Egypt in 2007, and in a very short time, was able to become an important market player. It is leading the Egyptian market with its innovative products and services, and has had major milestones.


1 Source: The Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology - MCIT

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