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One hour at a time, Intel employees and retirees are changing lives and changing the world. Under the Intel Involved Matching Grant program, the Intel Foundation expands the impact of volunteering by making grants to schools and non-profits based on the number of hours employees and retirees report volunteering. In June 2012, Intel sites around the world announced $8,227,179 in matching grants to 3,193 schools and non- governmental/non-profit organizations in 21 countries. The grants were based on 939,196 eligible hours of volunteerism  by Intel employees and retirees during 2011. The Intel Involved Matching Grant program aims to recognize and motivate Intel employees and retirees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make their communities a better place to live, work, and play. The objective is to support employees giving their time and talent to good causes and to give employees an opportunity to earn money for organizations that are meaningful to them. Read about Small Gestures, a volunteer effort that generated $4,500 in matching grants.

After years as a leader in providing LCD HDTV experiences to consumers, VIZIO is entering the realm of personal computing  with the slim, stylish and responsive VIZIO Thin + Light Ultrabook™ device, Notebook and a beautiful ALL-IN-ONE PC. To create these sophisticated products, VIZIO researched what consumers wanted from their technology and the result is a line of innovative devices that combine the power of the latest 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors with best of class entertainment design synonymous with Vizio. The VIZIO line starts at $898 and is available for pre-order at Vizio.com.

Today, Intel released graphics drivers for Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows 7 supporting Intel® Core™ processors with HD Graphics 4000/3000/2500/2000. The Windows 8 driver supports the Windows Display Driver Model Version 1.2 (WDDM1.2) and features such as native stereoscopic 3D support, optimized screen rotation detection and integrated DirectX 11 video playback. Intel encourages users to try the latest driver and provide feedback for future releases. The Windows 7 driver corrects some gaming experience issues and adds support for OpenGL version 3.3.

Intel is proud to be a founding partner of mPowering Frontline Health Workers, a new public-private partnership. Created by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the mHealth Alliance, this partnership joins innovative public and private sector companies to increase the use of mobile technologies by frontline health workers. Mobile technologies are a critical tool for child survival and support a variety of healthcare related tasks. This new initiative is part of Intel’s ongoing work with USAID and supports the Intel World Ahead Program, which promotes access to technology, connectivity and healthcare. Learn more about this announcement here.

Today, IT leaders representing cloud services and solutions, enterprise IT and standards organizations shared their vision for cloud computing at Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012. In the opening keynote, Lockheed Martin’s Curt Aubley said that the industry is at the tipping point of broad scale cloud deployment as the industry embraces benefits such as cost-efficiency, agility and innovation. During the second keynote, Andy Brown with UBS told the audience that the cloud is empowering the entire organization, and pointed to investments in Big Data, sustainability and security. ODCA Forecast 2012 also marked the debut of two new usage models; the Alliance now has 14 usage models  in total that address the top IT priorities that will drive widespread cloud adoption. The Alliance today also launched the Member Engagement and Education Tool (MEET), which will enhance networking and sharing among ODCA members. Intel is technical advisor to the ODCA. For more information on ODCA Forecast2012, please visit www.opendatacenteralliance.org/forecast2012 or the ODCA newsroom.

Intel Corporation is delivering myriad presentations, panel discussions and demonstrations at this year’s VLSI Symposia. A highlight paper discloses new details about Intel’s 22nm process – the industry’s first fully depleted 3-D Tri-Gate technology with superior low voltage and low power capabilities. Other Intel papers describe innovations in reducing power consumption for graphics processing, advances in transistors made with compound semiconductors, a viable option for future ultra-low power transistors, fundamental leaps in energy-efficient computing and integrated digital radio and SoC technology. The details of the presented papers are available here.

This month, tap into your inner gamer with an assortment of apps from Intel AppUp center. Go back in time to World War I with Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land as you strategize with a team of investigators and soldiers against an ancient enemy. With Torchlight, an exciting new action role playing game, hack-and-slash your way through a dangerous labyrinth of caverns, monsters, and ruined civilizations. Take a break from your adventures to play and practice your musical skills with Guitar Suite, and access a library of more than 25,000 popular chords. For the young gaming fans, use StoryPlay for a fun interactive experience of drawing and crafting stories over the Internet.

Open Data Center Alliance Forecast 2012, held in conjunction with Cloud Expo in New York City, will be livecast via the ODCA Website. Keynotes from Lockheed Martin’s Curt Aubley and Deutsche Bank’s Andrew Stokes, as well as multiple panels covering a range of cloud-related topics that are critical for IT managers, will be available to view live. Livecast participants can pose questions via social media and participate in the discussion. Intel is technical adviser to the ODCA, an independent IT consortium of global IT leaders working to provide a unified customer vision for long-term data center requirements. Registration for the event is still open. To register for the livecast, please visit the Forecast 2012 Website.

Mobile healthcare is on many people's minds around the world. Electronic health records, consumer health informatics and telemedicine have all enabled broader communication among medical professionals and improved patient care. Leaders from Rock Health, Kiva, Ford, and the GSMA Development Fund discuss how mobile devices can provide patients with access to vital healthcare information without visiting a hospital or doctor’s office. 60 Second Insights brings together a variety of unique perspectives from entertainment, art, technology, business, culture, youth and more to explain how mobility touches various parts of our lives.

On Wednesday evening, the Intel® Level Up Game Demo Contest awarded winners of its yearly competition for professional and student game developers at the E3 edition of Video Games Live. Notable winners included music action-adventure Beatbuddy, racing game ThunderWheels, sandbox style tower defense The White Laboratory and survival horror Blackwell’s Asylum. The winning game demos are available for free download at the Steam store and developer teams will have the opportunity to turn their demo into a fully playable title distributed by Valve.

In honor of this June's Adopt-A-Cat-Month, Intel AppUp℠ center brings you the top photo enhancement apps to showcase your furry friends. Using Snap!, capture wacky webcam moments with all your pets and save directly to your Photobucket account. Use 100 Cameras in 1 to add multiple effects, which can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more. Organize all the fuzzy photos and coordinate a pet adoption using BlueBirds, an organizing Twitter client that will help you stay in the know. Happy catnapping!

Next Wave of Ultrabook™ Devices Now Available; Intel Signs Agreements for Touch Capacity to Meet Expected Demand

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The next wave of Ultrabook™ devices powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors is more responsive and offers enhanced security in a choice of designs.
  • Intel announced agreements with Cando*, HannsTouch*, TPK* and Wintek* to ensure capacity of touch technology for the expected growth of touch-enabled Ultrabook convertible designs.
  • New Ultrabook systems offer enhanced security with Intel® Anti-Theft Technology built in and free, limited-time service subscriptions out of the box from Absolute Software*, McAfee*, Norton* and Intel in select global markets.
  • Bringing the best of Intel technology to mobile devices with three Intel-based smartphones now available from Lava* International, Lenovo* and Orange*; 20 tablet design wins based on the Intel® Atom™ SoC, codenamed "Clover Trail," designed for Microsoft* Windows* 8.

 

 

COMPUTEX, Taipei, Taiwan, June 5, 2012 – Intel Corporation Senior Vice President Tom Kilroy officially introduced the next wave of Ultrabook™ systems during a keynote address at Computex Taipei 2012. Making a bold statement around the importance of touch technology, Kilroy also announced that Intel has signed agreements with several leading touch panel manufacturers to ensure adequate capacity to meet the expected demand for touch-enabled Ultrabook experiences over the next several years.

 

He also highlighted the company's efforts to deliver user-centric experiences across a range of mobile devices from the Ultrabook to smartphones and tablets, pointing to momentum across all three.

 

More than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive Ultrabook systems are available now or will be for purchase within 30 days, with more than 110 designs expected in the next year. Powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and made with the world's most advanced 22nm 3-D tri-gate transistors, these new Ultrabook devices are more responsive and offer enhanced security in a selection of stylish designs for consumers and business users.

 

"Our life experiences are defined by our senses -- by what we see, hear and touch," said Kilroy. "These human senses are also at the foundation of Intel's vision for the Ultrabook to deliver a no-compromise, must-have computing experience.

 

"Today, thanks to the work of the industry at-large, we are one step closer to meeting that vision with the arrival of the next wave of 3rd generation Intel Core processor-powered devices. The innovation must continue as we move to touch-based Ultrabook convertible designs, and in the future aim to give them and other devices senses, making our interaction with them natural and intuitive."

 

Next Wave of Ultrabook Devices Bring More Responsiveness, Enhanced Security

In addition to increased responsiveness and enhanced security features, Ultrabook devices powered by the new 3rd generation Intel Core processors deliver up to two times the media and graphics performance compared to the previous generation, long battery life and offer more choice of stylish, thin designs.

 

This new wave of Ultrabook devices wakes up in a flash, meaning systems will transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than 7 seconds and will also load favorite applications quickly1. Intel® Smart Connect Technology helps keep email and social networks automatically updated even while the Ultrabook sleeps, thus conserving power and battery life.

 

As security becomes more important to consumers who want peace of mind in the protection of their data and personal assets, the next wave of Ultrabook systems is equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel® Anti-Theft Technology that lets users automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen. Kilroy announced that people in several major markets worldwide can activate free, limited-time service subscriptions right out of the box from Absolute Software*, McAfee*, Norton* and Intel.

 

Additionally, all 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook devices have Intel® Identity Protection technology built in to keep peoples' identity safe and ensure that their favorite websites and social networks know it's really them when logging in.

 

The Ultrabook is also now coming to the enterprise. Built with the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor platform, these Ultrabook devices provide businesses the security and performance to compute with confidence in the stylish and innovate designs business users desire.

 

Touch-Enabled, Ultrabook Convertible Designs Offer No-Compromise Experiences

First announced by Intel just over a year ago, the Ultrabook category ushers in a new era of computing that has been quickly fueled by innovation from the broad industry.

 

"Thank you to our partners here in Taiwan and the computing industry at-large for the unprecedented innovation to bring the Ultrabook to life in such a short time," said Kilroy. "But we're just getting started."

 

Later this year, Intel and the industry will further evolve Ultrabook devices with the addition of touch-based experiences. Intel believes that touch capability is a key component to the Ultrabook experience and will be increasingly important across a wide range of devices. Kilroy said touch will also help fuel even more innovation and new experiences, particularly for Ultrabook convertibles that offer a truly no-compromise computing experience.

 

To that end, Kilroy announced touch capacity agreements with several leading touch vendors including Cando, HannsTouch, TPK and Wintek. The agreements are an important element of Intel's overall industry enabling effort and the future of the Ultrabook experience.

 

Bringing the Best of Intel Technology to Smartphones, Tablets

Highlighting the company's progress in its smartphone business, Kilroy pointed to the imminent in-store availability in the United Kingdom and France of Orange's new high-performance Android* smartphone based on Intel technology. The Intel-powered Lenovo* LePhone* K800 launched online and in retail stores on May 30 in China. These phones join Lava's XOLO* X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside, which launched in India in April.

 

Kilroy said Intel is committed to delivering a great all-around and secure smartphone experience, including fast browsing and downloads, great multitasking, a brilliant camera, great graphics and video performance with competitive battery life.

 

He also said Intel-based tablets will extend the smartphone experience while offering compatibility with the extensive library of existing applications and devices. The company has 20 design wins based on the forthcoming 32nm Intel® Atom™ SoC, codenamed "Clover Trail," and designed for Microsoft* Windows* 8. Whether in slate, convertible or other innovative designs, these tablets will be capable of delivering an always-on, always-connected experience that includes very thin solutions and all-day battery life.

 

The combination of Windows 8 with Intel inside is designed to give users the ability to run new applications offered in the fast and fluid Windows 8 user interface, while also supporting the existing Windows applications people know and use today.

 

The Future: Computers that See, Hear and Feel

Kilroy challenged the industry to shape the future of computing experiences by giving computers senses, or the ability to see, hear and feel much like people do. The addition of the touch-enabled experiences to the Ultrabook is only the beginning.

 

Kilroy demonstrated for the first time a multi-language voice experience based on Nuance's Dragon* engine and speech technology optimized for Intel® architecture on an Ultrabook™. Announced in January, the companies are collaborating to provide a great voice experience to consumers. With this solution, users can check and update their social media sites, initiate voice over IP calls, search the Internet and control their media. Users can also control the Ultrabook when not connected to the Internet by using their voice to quickly and easily launch applications, play local media and multi-task.

 

Kilroy said the company is working on future technologies that could let people engage more naturally and intuitively with a variety of devices, from the Ultrabook or smartphone to everyday intelligent systems. Such applications could include perceptual computing, intuitive and immersive short-range gesture recognition, using smartphones to interact with and control an Ultrabook or desktop PC, or even track a person's heart rate through technology that "sees" and analyzes the movement of a person's cheeks.

 

For more information please visit the Intel at Computex Taipei 2012multimedia press kit.

 

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No system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Requires an Intel® Identity Protection Technology-enabled system, including a 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor enabled chipset, firmware and software, and participating website. Consult your system manufacturer. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any resulting damages. For more information, visit http://ipt.intel.com. No system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Requires an enabled chipset, BIOS, firmware and software, and a subscription with a capable service provider. Consult your system manufacturer and Service Provider for availability and functionality. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any other damages resulting thereof. For more information, visit www.intel.com/go/anti-theft.

 

1 Requires 16GB of NAND cache and minimum PCMark Vantage benchmark scores.

Borrowing engineering methodologies from the automotive and aerospace industries, Intel engineers have created an Ultrabook concept chassis that is a fraction of the cost and equivalent in quality to existing machined aluminum and die cast metal solutions in the market today. Intel said the breakthrough, which involved 'structural reduction analysis' to achieve added strength using existing plastics widely available today, would help lower the cost of Ultrabooks in the near future.The company said it would be sharing the results of its work with its ecosystem partners, and that Ultrabook systems using the new chassis designs would likely become available next year after further refinements in engineering and design.

Intel Capital announced today the opening of an office in Istanbul, Turkey. Intel Capital is the first Silicon Valley investor to open an office in Turkey, building upon a strong track record of investing in the region since 2005. With solid macro-economic credentials, such as 8.5% GDP growth in 2011, and a large, young, well-educated and dynamic population, Turkey is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and its entrepreneurs are producing exciting innovations. Intel Capital’s new office will help build the Turkish technology and venture capital ecosystem by bringing entrepreneurs in the region expertise, connections and programs to open doors to new markets, customers, alliances, co-investors, and emerging technologies. The office will be led by Baris Aksoy who was recently appointed as head of Intel Capital, Turkey & Middle East and North Africa regions. Get more information.

Intel today announced investments in two South-East Asian companies : Singapore based Reebonz.com, one of the largest private sales e-commerce groups in Asia for luxury goods, and Hanoi- based Vietnam Communications Corporation, an internet infrastructure and services company. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum East-Asia , where Intel Capital highlighted continuous investment into the region, which supports the continued development of engaging local online experiences that will drive technology adoption and increase high speed broadband usage in South-East Asia.

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