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Best Buy Canada and Datavision have joined forces with Intel to give people free copies of some of the hottest gaming apps of today. New users who download and register for the Intel AppUpSM center through Best Buy Canada before July 5th will receive a copy of Fruit Ninja for the PC. If you prefer launching birds with a slingshot over slicing fruit, a free copy of Angry Birds for the PC will be given to new customers that download and register for the Intel AppUp center through Datavision before July 5th.

Today in Zhengzhou, China, Intel and Huizhou Foryou General Electronics signed a strategic cooperation agreement, created to enable the joint development of next generation In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems based on the Intel® Atom™ processor. These systems will feature leading intelligent applications such as voice control, 3D real-time GPS navigation and Internet access, and support for concurrent applications on multiple screens. The partnership with Foryou demonstrates Intel’s commitment to working closely with the automotive industry ecosystem to meet the needs of today’s auto consumers’ digital lifestyle. Leading technologies from Intel enable a more intelligent, connected IVI experience, utilizing the Intel Atom processor and rich software support. Foryou IVI products based on the Intel Atom processor will target both aftermarket and before-market applications.

R&D Magazine today announced that the 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 R&D 100 Awards, an industry standard of excellence for almost 50 years. The 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards  salute the 100 most technologically significant products introduced during the past year. For industry leaders, government labs, and academic institutions, these prestigious awards have proven vital for gauging success of a company’s product commercialization. Building on the integration and smart performance, including Intel® Turbo Boost Technology for laptops, desktops and embedded devices in the 2010 Intel Core processors, the 2nd generation Intel Core processor family launched in January, also offers the first "visibly smart" microarchitecture to combine visual and 3-D graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip.

Intel Capital has signed an agreement to invest $5M in JSE Listed Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), Intel Capital’s first investment in South Africa. This deal is a milestone for Intel Capital, representing the 50th country the globally-focused group has invested in. The commercial investment agreement, subject to Altech shareholder approval, is part of a strategic collaboration between Intel and Altech to help bring broadband services to millions of people in Africa. It complements Intel’s focus in sub-Saharan Africa, which already includes education and corporate social initiatives such as training over 150,000 teachers on computer skills and the integration of ICT teaching and learning in the classroom. View the press release.

Today at the Consumer Electronics Association’s CE Week in New York City, Intel ethnographer and director of research and planning for the Education Markets Platform Group, Dr. Wayne Grant, joined several internet safety experts on stage during the NYC Internet Safety Symposium 3.0. Wayne spoke about how technologies, like the Intel®-powered classmate PC, and solutions in the Intel® Learning Series can help keep children safe.

One of the most commented on features of The Museum of Me is its ethereal soundtrack, created Japanese artist, Takagi Masakatsu. What you may not know is that, in a sense, the piece represents Masakatsu's own Museum of Me. After being briefed on the project Masakatsu asked his fans to send in recordings of their own voices for the composition. In all, he received around 400 submissions and used them to create certain parts of the piece. Nijiko, The Museum of Me mix, has recently been released on iTunes.

Hi-ya! In Intel AppUpSM center’s Fruit Ninja app, swipe away across the screen to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Be careful of bombs – they are explosive to touch and will put a swift end to your juicy adventure. For a limited time, new users who register for the Intel AppUp center will get the Fruit Ninja app for free. Not in the mood for some fruit slashing? Go for more simple puzzle games like Alchemy Classic or Cogs Go.

Tune in for MashUp Radio this Friday, June 24th from 12:00-12:30 p.m. PT to hear tech devotees Peter Biddle and Engadget’s Tim Stevens share their stories from this week’s CEWeek in New York. Tim is the top-dog and Editor in Chief at Engadget, the consumer’s Bible for all things electronics. He and Peter will discuss their favorite moments from the week’s shows, as well as the best products and industry trends.

Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) Architecture Shows Strength as Critical Component of Intel’s Exascale Computing Solution



  • With collaboration partners, Intel aims to deliver complete technology solution for exascale performance by the end of the decade.
  • Demonstrations from key supercomputing centers such as Forschungszentrum Juelich, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, CERN and KISTI underscore momentum of Intel® Many Integrated Core Architecture.
  • Intel processor-powered supercomputers make up 77 percent of the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers and nearly 88 percent of all new entries in 2011.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HAMBURG, Germany, June 20, 2011 – At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), Kirk Skaugen, Intel Corporation vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, outlined the company’s vision to achieve ExaFLOP/s performance by the end of this decade. An ExaFLOP/s is quintillion computer operations per second, hundreds times more than today’s fastest supercomputers.


Reaching exascale levels of performance in the future will not only require the combined efforts of industry and governments, but also approaches being pioneered by the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC1) Architecture, according to Skaugen. Managing the explosive growth in the amount of data shared across the Internet, finding solutions to climate change, managing the growing costs of accessing resources such as oil and gas, and a multitude of other challenges require increased amounts of computing resources that only increasingly high-performing supercomputers can address.


“While Intel® Xeon® processors are the clear architecture of choice for the current TOP500 list of supercomputers, Intel is further expanding its focus on high-performance computing by enabling the industry for the next frontier with our Many Integrated Core architecture for petascale and future exascale workloads,” said Skaugen. “Intel is uniquely equipped with unparalleled manufacturing technologies, new architecture innovations and a familiar software programming environment that will bring us closer to this exciting exascale goal.”


Paving the Way to Exaflop Performance
Intel’s relentless pursuit of Moore’s Law -- doubling the transistor density on microprocessors roughly every 2 years to increase functionality and performance while decreasing costs -- combined with an innovative, highly efficient software programming model and extreme system scalability were noted by Skaugen as key ingredients for crossing the threshold of petascale computing into a new era of exascale computing. With this increase in performance, though, comes a significant increase in power consumption.


As an example, for today’s fastest supercomputer in China, the Tianhe-1A, to achieve exascale performance, it would require more than 1.6 GW of power – an amount large enough to supply electricity to 2 million homes – thus presenting an energy efficiency challenge.


To address this challenge, Intel and European researchers have established three European labs with three main goals: to create a sustained partner presence in Europe; take advantage of the growing relevance of European high-performance computing (HPC) research; and exponentially grow capabilities in computational science, engineering and strategic computing. One of the technical goals of these labs is to create simulation applications that begin to address the energy efficiency challenges of moving to exascale performance.


Skaugen said there is the potential for tremendous growth of the HPC market. While supercomputers from the 1980s delivered GigaFLOP/s (billions of floating point operations per second) performance, today’s most powerful machines have increased this value by several million times. This, in turn, has increased the demand for processors used in supercomputing. By 2013 Intel expects the top 100 supercomputers in the world to use one million processors. By 2015 this number is expected to double, and is forecasted to reach 8 million units by the end of the decade. The performance of the TOP500 #1 system is estimated to reach 100 PetaFLOP/s in 2015 and break the barrier of 1 ExaFLOP/s in 2018. By the end of the decade the fastest system on Earth is forecasted to be able to provide performance of more than 4 ExaFLOP/s.


Intel MIC Architecture Software Development Momentum
The Intel MIC architecture is a key addition to the company’s existing products, including Intel Xeon processors, and expected to help lead the industry into the era of exascale computing. The first Intel MIC product, codenamed "Knights Corner,” is planned for production on Intel’s 22-nanometer technology that featuring innovative 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. Intel is currently shipping Intel MIC software development platforms, codenamed “Knights Ferry,” to select development partners.


At ISC, Intel and some of its partners including Forschungszentrum Juelich, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), CERN and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) showed early results of their work with the “Knights Ferry” platform. The demonstrations showed how Intel MIC architecture delivers both performance and software programmability advantages.


“The programming model advantage of Intel MIC architecture enabled us to quickly scale our applications running on Intel Xeon processors to the Knights Ferry Software Development Platform,” said Prof. Arndt Bode of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. “This workload was originally developed and optimized for Intel Xeon processors but due to the familiarity of the programming model we could optimize the code for the Intel MIC architecture within hours and also achieved over 650 GFLOPS of performance.”


Intel also showed server and workstation platforms from SGI, Dell, HP, IBM, Colfax and Supermicro, all of which are working with Intel to plan products based on “Knights Corner.” “SGI recognizes the significance of inter-processor communications, power, density and usability when architecting for exascale,” said SGI CTO Dr. Eng Lim Goh. “The Intel MIC products will satisfy all four of these priorities, especially with their anticipated increase in compute density coupled with familiar X86 programming environment.”


TOP500 Supercomputers
The 37th edition of the Top500 list, which was announced at ISC, shows that Intel continues to be a force in high-performance computing, with 387 systems or more than 77 percent, powered by Intel processors. Out of all new entries to the list in 2011, Intel powered systems accounted for close to 88 percent. More than half of these new additions are based on latest 32nm Intel Xeon 5600 series processors which now alone power more than 35% of all systems in TOP500 list, three times the amount comparing to last year.


The semi-annual TOP500 list of supercomputers is the work of Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee. The complete report is available at www.top500.org.


More information on ISC’11 including detailed description of showcased Intel MIC architecture-based demos and performance, Skaugen’s presentation and pictures are available at newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-2152.


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1 “MIC” is pronounced “Mike” / mahyk / mīk

Intel Capital has invested in two Russian Internet companies, leading a funding round in AlterGeo and signing an agreement to invest in Sapato.ru. AlterGeo is a Russian geo-location social network that allows its more than 700,000 users to “check-in” as well as review and rate places. Sapato.ru is Russia’s first online multi-brand shoe store and sells more than 200 brands and 5700 models. The investment in both companies underlines Intel Capital’s strategy of investing in companies bringing internet and online commerce applications to emerging markets to further drive the proliferation of billions of smarter, Internet-connected devices. These two investments coincide with Intel Corporation’s 20th anniversary in Russia/CIS. To celebrate, Intel held an event at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management with presentations from Intel executives on performance computing and datacenters, IT for business, Intel solutions for mobile platforms, and software and computing platforms.

Inspired by the latest comic book summer movie? Turn those doodles into comic strips with Comics Creator from the Intel AppUpSM center. Upload sketches, doodles and pair them with backgrounds, characters in various emotive states and in different styles of illustrations, dialog bubbles and more. Wizardbrush lets aspiring artists paint pictures and edit photos using the various painting tools and brushes. The app has new features like the new layer feature and tutorial galleries.

A femme fatale, two ruthless heavies and you - these are the stars of a new film experience from Intel, called The Escape, in which you can take part. The Escape combines YouTube, interactivity and social networking and makes the audience the hero; solving puzzles, remotely piloting drones and brawling with assailants to assist the film’s femme fatale in her mission. View The Escape.


  • Intel is helping deliver new consumer experiences through a wide range of consumer electronic devices.
  • Intel® CE media processor family is helping power new Comcast* service that offers more interactive and personalized content.
  • Comcast is using Intel-based set-top boxes, developed by Pace*, in next-generation Xfinity TV market trial.



THE CABLE SHOW, Chicago, June 14, 2011 Today at The Cable Show, Intel Corporation announced that its Intel® CE media processors are helping power Comcast's next-generation Xfinity TV experience which uses a new guide and user interface to make the television more interactive, personal and social.


The Intel-based set-top box, designed and developed by Pace, enables Comcast to deliver services that are easier to navigate and search as well as interactive applications that are seamlessly integrated into the television experience. Comcast is using Intel's processors in new set-top boxes in its Augusta, Ga. market trial of Xfinity TV.


"The new Xfinity TV experience is an outstanding implementation of next-generation television," said Erik Huggers, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Home Group. "It takes advantage of the breakthrough technologies in our Intel system-on-a-chip products and is well-positioned to lead the innovation charge as we push the boundaries ever further."


Intel's system-on-a-chip also offers a new level of CPU and graphics performance that is capable of running multiple platform technologies and device drivers.


"Our next-generation Xfinity TV is a platform that brings a much richer, personalized and interactive experience, with the ability to continually improve and expand features for our customers," said Sam Schwartz, president, Comcast Converged Products. "Partnering with Intel accelerates this innovation through the large community of companies and technologies that support their processors today."


According to Mike Pulli, president, Pace Americas, "By working with Intel and Comcast on the Xfinity TV set-top box platform, we're providing consumers with an extraordinary level of entertainment, personalization and interaction that further enhances Comcast's offering to their subscribers."



Video: Brian Roberts Demos 1Gbps Speed Broadband Connection and Next Generation Video Product


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.

At Computex 2011, Doug Davis kicked off his satellite event with a video highlighting the need for unique companion computing solutions that provide a personal connection between the user, the device and the application, including Intel-based netbooks and tablets. It’s not a “one device fits all” model. We don’t all like the same food. We don’t all drive the same car. And we don’t all want the exact same experience from our devices. Intel believes a great companion computing experience begins with a device and a software stack that offers the user a broad range of choice in terms of how it looks, what it is best at, and how you interact with it.

The Creators Project, a global cultural and technology initiative by Vice and Intel, kicks-off the second year of its international event series this year in Paris from June 9th to June 12th at La Gaite Lyrique. The three-day extravaganza will feature some of the world’s leading and emerging artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers that are pushing the boundaries of creative expression through technology. Thousands of attendees are expected to fill the international cultural institution dedicated to digital arts and new music. Also new this year in France, is France Plus, a program that features new multimedia collaborations and a series of art and music events across the country.

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