Intel’s Continued Commitment to Transparency and Equity at All Levels

Produits Intel - mar, 10/12/2019 - 17:00

By Barbara Whye

At Intel, we believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive culture are key to our evolution and to driving our growth. If we want to shape the future of technology, our workforce must be representative of that future. Transparency and open sharing of our data enable us to both celebrate our progress and confront our setbacks on that journey. We feel a sense of responsibility to continue to lead the industry in this space by raising the transparency bar for ourselves and, as a result, raising it for others.

That’s why today, in keeping with that commitment, we are disclosing our latest workforce representation data. We are also releasing our 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 pay data, as we pledged to do in October. These datasets each tell an important part of the story and point to work that lies ahead.

Hopefully, openly sharing the details of our representation journey will encourage others in the industry to do the same. When transparency reveals areas for improvement, we must work together to understand the challenges and put forth specific actions to create a more inclusive industry. Overcoming systemic challenges will require accountability on all fronts and a fierce sense of urgency.

Working toward better representation

I am proud that our company reached full market representation in our U.S. workforce last year. This was achieved through a comprehensive strategy that encompassed hiring, retention and progression. However, there is much more to be done.

Intel was one of the first companies to launch a report with its workforce representation and we’ve been happy to see at least a dozen other companies join us over the years. This year, we are including a deeper look at our leadership levels, our directors and executives, to show a more comprehensive picture. We are also looking beyond the U.S. and expanding disclosure of our global diversity data, as we’ve been focused on extending our diversity and inclusion initiatives to our entire workforce throughout 2019.

Our key findings from 2018-2019 include:

  • In our U.S. workforce, representation for both technical employees and overall employees improved for all of our underrepresented populations: Latinx, African Americans and Native Americans.
  • Overall underrepresented employee representation has increased from 14.6% to 15.8% in the past year. This includes a 561 person increase in our Latinx employee population, from 9.2% to 10% of our U.S. workforce.
  • There has been a decline in overall U.S. female representation from 26.8% to 26.5%
  • Worldwide representation of women overall has increased by 0.1% from last year and women in director-level positions have increased by 0.6%, due to our focus this year on global leadership representation.

Our company still needs better female and underrepresented male representation in leadership positions in the U.S. and worldwide. There is a gap in progression for women and underrepresented populations from senior management into our director and executive level ranks. These drops are preventable, and we are doubling down on our inclusion efforts, including a re-evaluation of leadership progression to make sure women and underrepresented groups are advancing within the company. After all, we know that representation at the top matters most if we want to change the rest of the company.

This year, our Warmline service was expanded globally. The Warmline is an employee hotline that provides retention support to any employee who is having issues with a manager or their current position or career progression. We also launched a program encouraging employees to become allies to support a more inclusive work environment, helping them understand and role model inclusive behaviors. And we have developed a broad set of training programs for managers and executives on inclusion practices that we see within our highest performing teams. Inclusion is an integral part of our culture evolution, which reflects our company transformation and ongoing efforts to attract and retain top talent.

What our pay data shows

Earlier this year, we announced gender pay equity globally across our 107,000 employees in over 50 countries. This is a critical first step — ensuring all employees in the same or similar roles are paid fairly regardless of gender or race/ethnicity, taking into consideration factors that influence pay such as performance, time in grade and tenure.

In keeping with our commitment to transparency, we are publicly releasing our 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 pay data filing, also known as the new component 2 disclosure requirement, alongside our annual 2019 companywide representation data. It’s important to consider that the data in this report is collected from employees’ W2 box 1 earnings, which includes all taxable income and has not been normalized for factors such as hire date, shift differentials and employee retirement contributions.

As might be expected, the pay data overall also reflects our representation gaps — there are fewer females and underrepresented groups at the senior-most, and therefore most highly compensated, levels of the company. Many of our executives, directors and managers in the highest EEO-1 pay categories are white and Asian males, while there are proportionally more females and underrepresented groups in lower pay categories.

However, due to our diversity and inclusion efforts, there is promising growth of our junior female and underrepresented talent from which our future leadership will be drawn. Our challenge now is to create an environment that better helps our female and underrepresented employees develop and progress in their careers, while also ensuring we are expanding our hiring and retention of diverse talent at more senior, higher paying positions.

Transforming our culture with inclusion at the center

It is clear from our latest representation and pay data that we must continue to focus on the progression of all qualified employees within the company and build a deeper culture of inclusion to allow all voices to be heard. We’ve learned that transparency is our strength and something that is critical for real progress. It clarifies our challenges and opportunities, allowing us to work together on solutions. We urge other companies to join us in being transparent and open with their successes and setbacks so we can continue to learn from each other.

Intel will continue to be bold and dedicated to transforming our culture for a new world. At the center of that cultural change is diversity and inclusion, and growing representation at every level of the company. We have made inclusion an integral part of our plan to evolve our culture and enable us to continue to attract and retain top talent needed to support our transformation to a data-centric company. This is a journey, and we know there is still much more to be done. We are committed to continuing our efforts and leading the industry toward a future workforce that reflects the population at large.

I look forward to sharing more details in the coming months about how we will achieve these goals.

Barbara Whye is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and vice president of Human Resources for the Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group at Intel Corporation.

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Intel Research to Solve Real-World Challenges

Produits Intel - lun, 09/12/2019 - 17:00

What’s New: This week at the annual Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Intel is contributing almost three dozen conference, workshop and spotlight papers covering deep equilibrium models, imitation learning, machine programming and more.

“Intel continues to push the frontiers in fundamental and applied research as we work to infuse AI everywhere, from low-power devices to data center accelerators. This year at NeurIPS, Intel will present almost three dozen conference and workshop papers. We are fortunate to collaborate with excellent academic communities from around the world on this research, reflecting Intel’s commitment to collaboratively advance machine learning.”
–Hanlin Tang, senior director, AI Lab at Intel

Research topics span the breadth of artificial intelligence (AI) topics, from fundamental understanding of neural networks to applying machine learning to software programming to particle physics.  A few highlights are shown below:

Automating Software Testing

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Title: A Zero-Positive Learning Approach for Diagnosing Software Performance Regression by Mejbah Alam (Intel Labs), Justin Gottschlich (Intel Labs), Nesime Tatbul (Intel Labs and MIT), Javier Turek (Intel Labs), Timothy Mattson (Intel), Abdullah Muzahid (Texas A&M University)

When: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, 5-7 p.m. PST @ East Exhibition Hall B+C #120

Software development automated with machine learning (ML) is an emerging field. The long-term vision is to augment programmers with ML-driven tools to test code, write new code and diagnose errors. The paper proposes an approach to automate regression testing (errors introduced by new code check-ins) in high-performance computing code, termed AutoPerf. Leveraging only nominal training data and utilizing hardware performance counters while running code, we illustrate that AutoPerf can detect some of the most complex performance bugs found in parallel programming.

See the presentation: A Zero-Positive Learning Approach for Diagnosing Software Performance Regression

“Intel is making significant strides in advancing and scaling neural network technologies to handle increasingly complex and dynamic workloads – from tackling challenges with memory to researching new adaptive learning techniques,” said Dr. Rich Uhlig, Intel senior fellow and managing director of Intel Labs. “The developments we’re showcasing at NeurIPS will help reduce memory footprints, better measure how neural networks process information and reshape how machines learn in real time, opening up the potential for new deep learning applications that can change everything from manufacturing to healthcare.”

Teaching Robots Through Imitation Learning

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Title: Goal-Conditioned Imitation Learning by Yiming Ding (University of California, Berkeley), Carlos Florensa (University of California, Berkeley), Pieter Abbeel (University of California, Berkeley and Covariant.ai), Mariano Phielipp (Intel AI Lab)

When: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. PST @ East Exhibition Hall B+C #229

The long-term goal of this research effort is to build robotic algorithms that can learn quickly and easily from human demonstrations. Although learning by human demonstration is a well-studied topic in robotics, current work cannot surpass the human expert, is susceptible to non-perfect human teachers, and cannot adapt to unseen situations. The paper introduces a newly developed algorithm, goalGAIL. Using goalGAIL, the robot demonstrates the ability to learn better than the expert and can even perform in situations with non-expert actions. This will broaden robotic applications across practical robotics where the demonstrator not need to be an expert; industrial settings where algorithms may need to adapt quickly to new parts; and personalized robotics where the algorithm must adapt through demonstration to personal preference.

See the presentation: Goal-Conditioned Imitation Learning

New Approach to Sequence Models

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Title: Deep Equilibrium Models by Shaojie Bai (Carnegie Mellon), J. Zico Kolter (Carnegie Mellon), Vladlen Koltun (Intel Labs)

When: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 10:40-10:45 a.m. PST @ West Ballroom C

In this spotlight paper at NeurIPS (2% acceptance rate), we develop a radically different approach to machine learning on sequence data. We are able to replace deep recurrent layers with a single-layer model. Instead of iterating through a sequence of layers, we instead solve directly for the final representation via root-finding. This new type of model can match state-of-the-art performance on language benchmarks, but with a single layer, reducing the memory footprint by 88%. This opens the door to building larger and more powerful models.

See the presentation: Deep Equilibrium Models

4-bit Training Without Retraining

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Title: Post-Training 4-bit Quantization of Convolutional Networks for Rapid-Deployment By Ron Banner (Intel AI Lab), Yury Nahshan (Intel AI Lab), Daniel Soudry (Technion)

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. PST @ East Exhibition Hall B + C #105

A convolutional neural network is a class of deep neural networks most commonly applied to analyzing visual imagery that requires substantial computing resources, memory bandwidth and storage capacity. To accelerate the speed of analysis, the models are often quantized to lower bits. However, such methods often require full datasets and time-consuming fine-tuning to recover the accuracy lost after quantization. This paper introduces the first practical 4-bit post-training quantization approach that does not involve training the quantized model (fine-tuning) or require the availability of the full dataset. The approach achieves accuracy that is just a few percent less than the state-of-the-art baseline across a wide range of convolutional models.

See the presentation: Post-Training 4-bit Quantization of Convolutional Networks for Rapid-Deployment | Presentation Slides

Understanding Neural Networks

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Title: Untangling in Invariant Speech Recognition by Cory Stephenson (Intel AI Lab), Suchismita Padhy (Intel AI Lab), Hanlin Tang (Intel AI Lab), Oguz Elibol (Intel AI Lab), Jenelle Feather (MIT), Josh McDermott (MIT), SueYeon Chung (MIT)

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, 5-7 p.m. PST @ East Exhibition Hall B+C #241

A neural network is often referred to as a “black box” because parts of its decision-making are famously opaque. There has been a plethora of approaches to try to peer into the box, but the challenge has been that many of the measures are not theoretically grounded. In collaboration with MIT, we’ve applied some of theoretically-grounded measures of manifold capacity to better understand the geometry of speech recognition models. Theoretically-grounded measurements are rare in deep learning, and the work seeks to provide a unique view on how neural networks process information.

See the presentation: Untangling in Invariant Speech Recognition

More context:  Intel at NeurIPS 2019 | Artificial Intelligence at Intel | Intel Labs

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Intel Introduces ‘Horse Ridge’ to Enable Commercially Viable Quantum Computers

Produits Intel - lun, 09/12/2019 - 16:01
Stefano Pellerano, principal engineer at Intel Labs, holds Horse Ridge. The new cryogenic control chip will speed development of full-stack quantum computing systems, marking a milestone in the development of a commercially viable quantum computer. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)
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What’s New: Intel Labs today unveiled what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger systems — a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality. Developed together with Intel’s research collaborators at QuTech, a partnership between TU Delft and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), Horse Ridge is fabricated using Intel’s 22nm FinFET technology. In-house fabrication of these control chips at Intel will dramatically accelerate the company’s ability to design, test and optimize a commercially viable quantum computer.

“While there has been a lot of emphasis on the qubits themselves, the ability to control many qubits at the same time had been a challenge for the industry. Intel recognized that quantum controls were an essential piece of the puzzle we needed to solve in order to develop a large-scale commercial quantum system. That’s why we are investing in quantum error correction and controls. With Horse Ridge, Intel has developed a scalable control system that will allow us to significantly speed up testing and realize the potential of quantum computing.”
–Jim Clarke, Intel’s director of Quantum Hardware

Why It Matters: In the race to realize the power and potential of quantum computers, researchers have focused extensively on qubit fabrication, building test chips that demonstrate the exponential power of a small number of qubits operating in superposition. However, in early quantum hardware developments — including design, testing and characterization of Intel’s silicon spin qubit and superconducting qubit systems — Intel identified a major bottleneck toward realizing commercial-scale quantum computing: interconnects and control electronics.

With Horse Ridge, Intel introduces an elegant solution that will enable the company to control multiple qubits and set a clear path toward scaling future systems to larger qubit counts — a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality.

What Quantum Practicality is: Quantum computers promise the potential to tackle problems that conventional computers can’t handle by leveraging a phenomena of quantum physics that allows qubits to exist in multiple states simultaneously. As a result, qubits can conduct a large number of calculations at the same time — dramatically speeding up complex problem-solving.

The quantum research community is still at mile one of a marathon toward demonstrating quantum practicality, a benchmark against which the quantum research community can determine whether a quantum system can deliver game-changing performance to solve real-world problems. Intel´s investment in quantum computing covers the full hardware and software stack in pursuit of the development and commercialization of a practical, commercially viable quantum system.

Why Horse Ridge is Important: To date, researchers have been focused on building small-scale quantum systems to demonstrate the potential of quantum devices. In these efforts, researchers have relied on existing electronic tools and high-performance computing rack-scale instruments to connect the quantum system inside the cryogenic refrigerator to the traditional computational devices regulating qubit performance and programming the system.

These devices are often custom-designed to control individual qubits, requiring hundreds of connective wires into and out of the refrigerator in order to control the quantum processor. This extensive control cabling for each qubit will hinder the ability to scale the quantum system to the hundreds or thousands of qubits required to demonstrate quantum practicality, not to mention the millions of qubits required for a commercially viable quantum solution.

With Horse Ridge, Intel radically simplifies the control electronics required to operate a quantum system. Replacing these bulky instruments with a highly-integrated system-on-chip (SoC) will simplify system design and allow for sophisticated signal processing techniques to accelerate set-up time, improve qubit performance and enable the system to efficiently scale to larger qubit counts.

More About Horse Ridge: Horse Ridge is a highly integrated, mixed-signal SoC that brings the qubit controls into the quantum refrigerator — as close as possible to the qubits themselves. It effectively reduces the complexity of quantum control engineering from hundreds of cables running into and out of a refrigerator to a single, unified package operating near the quantum device.

Designed to act as a radio frequency (RF) processor to control the qubits operating in the refrigerator, Horse Ridge is programmed with instructions that correspond to basic qubit operations. It translates those instructions into electromagnetic microwave pulses that can manipulate the state of the qubits.

Named for one of the coldest regions in Oregon, the Horse Ridge control chip was designed to operate at cryogenic temperatures — approximately 4 Kelvin. To put this in context, 4 Kelvin is only warmer than absolute zero — a temperature so cold that atoms nearly stop moving.

This feat is particularly exciting as Intel progresses its research into silicon spin qubits, which have the potential to operate at slightly higher temperatures than current quantum systems require.

Today, a quantum computer operates at in the millikelvin range — just a fraction of a degree above absolute zero. But silicon spin qubits have properties that could allow them to operate at 1 Kelvin or higher temperatures, which would dramatically reduce the challenges of refrigerating the quantum system.

As research progresses, Intel aims to have cryogenic controls and silicon spin qubits operate at the same temperature level. This will enable the company to leverage its expertise in advanced packaging and interconnect technologies to create a solution with the qubits and controls in one streamlined package.

More Context: What It Will Take to Make Quantum Computers Practical (Jim Clarke Editorial) | Quantum Computing (Press Kit) | Intel Labs (Press Kit) | QuTech

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What It Will Take to Make Quantum Computers Practical

Produits Intel - lun, 09/12/2019 - 16:00

By Jim Clarke

As the marathon to achieve the promise of quantum computing edges forward one step at a time, researchers are making incredible discoveries in the lab.

But moving from lab scale to the real world will require demonstrating quantum practicality – the moment this transformative technology makes the leap from research to commercial viability in applications such as drug development, logistics optimization (e.g., finding the most efficient way from any number of possible travel routes), natural disaster prediction and many more.

At Intel, that’s our ultimate goal.

And while every milestone reached in quantum computing research is cause for celebration, my concern is that the field will not advance the quantum ecosystem enough to enable the leap from the lab to a point where it will change lives.

Researchers have focused extensively on qubit fabrication, building test chips that demonstrate the exponential power of a small number of entangled qubits. This work demonstrates the theory and potential of quantum computing – but not our ability to manufacture a practical system.

In my view, a fundamental component in the quantum stack is being overlooked. There is not enough research being done to advance the control and interconnect system required to effectively operate large-scale quantum systems. Today, every qubit is individually controlled. It is a brute-force approach that will not scale to the many qubits needed to change the world.

And without overcoming this hurdle, we won’t cross the finish line in this race.

Developing a commercially viable quantum system has been Intel’s focus for some time now – and we’re delighted to report that we’ve made significant headway.

Recently, we unveiled a new team member in the quantum computing race. We call it “Horse Ridge” and it’s named after one of the coldest places in Oregon. Developed together with Intel’s research collaborators at QuTech, a partnership between TU Delft and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), it is believed to be the first-of-its-kind scalable cryogenic control chip. Horse Ridge will simplify the interconnects or wiring of multiple qubits that will allow us to elegantly scale up the system.

More:  Quantum Computing (Press Kit) | Intel Labs (Press Kit) | Intel Introduces ‘Horse Ridge’ to Enable Commercially Viable Quantum Computers

With a scalable control system in place, we can go from quantum theory to quantum practicality much faster.

Here’s what I mean:

Quantum computing has the potential to tackle problems conventional computers can’t handle by leveraging a phenomena of quantum physics. Quantum bits (or qubits) can exist in multiple states simultaneously. As a result, they are able to conduct a large number of calculations at the same time. Excitingly, this can dramatically speed up complex problem-solving – from years to a matter of minutes. But in order for these qubits to do their jobs, hundreds of connective wires have to be strung into and out of the cryogenic refrigerator where quantum computing occurs (at temperatures colder than deep space).

However, this extensive control cabling for each qubit drastically hinders the ability to control the hundreds or thousands of qubits that will be required to demonstrate quantum practicality in the lab – not to mention the millions of qubits that will be required for a commercially viable quantum solution in the real world.

While developing control systems isn’t, evidently, as hype-worthy as the increase in qubit count has been, it is a necessity. And Horse Ridge could take quantum practicality to the finish line much faster than is currently possible.

We are proud of Horse Ridge, and the possibilities it presents for the future of quantum computing. And while I want to spotlight the importance of controls and interconnects in the quantum system, I do not want to diminish the headline-grabbing work of other research teams. There is terrific discovery happening across the field, including the recent demonstration of quantum supremacy on a 53-qubit chip.

However, after extensive simulations, our own research suggests it will most likely take at least thousands of qubits working reliably together before the first practical problems can be solved via quantum computing. Fifty-three is a great start, but there’s a long road ahead.

If we can effectively solve the challenges of controls and interconnects in quantum systems, quantum practicality will soon appear on the horizon.

The race is on … but we have many more breathtaking miles to run before it’s won.

Jim Clarke is the director of the Quantum Hardware Research group within the Components Research Organization at Intel.

Photo: A photo shows the inside of a quantum computing refrigerator in Intel´s Quantum Computing Lab in Hillsboro, Oregon. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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Intel Customer Spotlight: Live Discussion With ExxonMobil

Produits Intel - jeu, 05/12/2019 - 16:00

On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, Intel will host a live discussion and Q&A with ExxonMobil, a 135-year-old global energy product provider that is leading the way in defining standards for open architecture in industrial control systems.

This is the latest in Intel’s Spotlight series, featuring innovative Intel customers transforming their businesses across artificial intelligence, the internet of things and other data-centric technologies.

During the Spotlight event, Kenny Warren (project sponsor), Nick Clausi (vice president of Research & Engineering), Don Bartusiak (chief engineer, Process Control), Brad Houk (project manager, Open Process Automation) will discuss ExxonMobil’s internal R&D program and work with the Open Process Automation Forum to address a long-standing challenge with industrial control systems. The systems enable refineries and petrochemical plants to automate operational processes to maintain safe, stable and efficient operation. Traditionally, they have comprised proprietary, closed systems, and manufacturers have been locked into single-vendor solutions, limiting their flexibility and ability to adopt new innovations from different vendors.

During the conversation, ExxonMobil leaders will discuss how they focus on data and open standards to help drive a new era of innovation and growth. They will also discuss the company’s collaboration with Intel and the benefits of using open industry standards-based technologies that have been a major driver in helping other industries transition from proprietary, closed systems.

WHAT: Intel Customer Spotlight Series: ExxonMobil

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at 9:15 a.m. PST

FORMAT: A 25-minute discussion with ExxonMobil executives, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session for press and analysts.

RSVP: Register for free here

More Customer Stories: Intel Customer Spotlight on Intel.com | Customer Stories on Intel Newsroom

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Advancing Industrywide Compute Lifecycle Assurance

Produits Intel - mer, 04/12/2019 - 19:00

By Leslie Culbertson

The globalization of technology design, development, manufacturing and distribution has created an environment of complicated supply chains with limited transparency. There is a growing need to provide assurances of platform integrity in every stage of the compute lifecycle, and to do so in a manner that is as transparent as possible. Government agencies, commercial organizations and consumers deserve this transparency and the benefit it can bring for improved platform security and resiliency.

This presents both an incredible challenge and opportunity for the ecosystem. Today, Intel is responding to the challenge with the introduction of our Compute Lifecycle Assurance Initiative.

We have tackled big, complex problems like this before and we are doing it again. Intel has already taken several important steps toward supply chain transparency. We actively led and collaborated with the industry to influence policies and processes concerning the use of conflict-free minerals — not only for Intel products — but across the industry. In addition, we have already developed a set of policies and procedures at our own factories to validate where and when every component of a server was manufactured. These examples represent an important beginning, and there is more that can be done.

In today’s increasingly complex environment, we want to provide our customers with a full range of tools and solutions that deliver assurances of integrity throughout the entire lifetime of a platform. This starts with a security-first approach to design. It continues as platforms change custody, ownership and physical location several times during their assembly, transportation and provisioning. Once operational, they may then require updates for optimal performance and security. Finally upon retirement from service, platforms should ensure the confidentiality of data that was transmitted, erased or stored.

The industry needs an end-to-end framework that can be applied across this multiyear life of any platform. And that is our goal with the Compute Lifecycle Assurance Initiative — to substantially improve transparency and to provide higher levels of assurance that improve integrity, resilience and security during the entire platform lifecycle.

More: Introduction to Compute Lifecycle Assurance | Security News at Intel

We have identified four key lifecycle stages: build, transfer, operate and retire. Over the next year, we commit to:

  • Invest in tools and processes that improve the integrity of Intel computing products across every lifecycle stage, building on the Transparent Supply Chain tools we have today.
  • Contribute best practices, learned from our decades of experience, for the collection, measurement, stewardship and reporting of platform data to meet our customers’ evolving needs.
  • Collaborate with the ecosystem to develop innovative ways that enhance access to platform data while maintaining confidentiality of that data across the platform lifecycle.
The stages of Compute Lifecycle Assurance. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Challenges to overcome

Worldwide, policymakers have begun to focus on supply chain risks in new ways. In August 2018, MITRE published the highly influential report, Deliver Uncompromised. MITRE’s report described the urgency and importance for supply chain risks to receive attention during product procurement. New U.S. laws, including the 2018 SECURE Technology Act, gave U.S. federal agencies new authority to consider supply chain risks when procuring products. From Europe’s “digital sovereignty” efforts to Japan’s “Cyber/Physical Security Framework” efforts, there are signs of strong interest in shining a spotlight on the trust and transparency of supply chains for information and communications technology.

We believe a broader set of commercial enterprises from around the world will find value in this level of assurance for validation, compliance and governance. In the next 12 to 18 months, we expect to see growing interest from our customers, partners and government oversight organizations to improve transparency beyond the manufacturing supply chain to also include transportation, provisioning, attestation and in-field updates.

We’re in a unique and fortunate position as a trusted member of the ecosystem and as a leader in the transparency of our own supply chain. We intend to use this position to help mobilize the industry at large and to anticipate the needs of our global — and mutual — customers.

These are early days, and we know we can’t do this alone. We invite the broader ecosystem to join us on this journey. Together with our partners and customers, we will continue to build a more trusted foundation for all computing systems.

Leslie S. Culbertson is an executive vice president and general manager of Product Assurance and Security at Intel Corporation. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @LeslieCulberts

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Intel Solutions Marketplace for Partners Helps Speed Growth, Innovation through Global Collaboration

Produits Intel - mer, 04/12/2019 - 17:30

What’s New: Intel today launched Intel® Solutions Marketplace, an innovative platform to help partners deploy solutions in an increasingly complex, data-centric economy. On the new platform, and all from personal dashboards, Intel partners can grow their businesses through new partner connections and matchmaking, receive and manage leads, monitor business performance, and market solutions to end customers. The new platform joins Intel® Partner University as a key offering of Intel® Partner Alliance, the company’s announced channel partner program transformation designed to help partners connect, innovate and grow in a data-centric world.

“The sum of the world’s data will grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to an incredible 175 zettabytes by 20251. As data continues to define the future, solutions are becoming increasingly complex. Innovation requires a broader array of partners working together to build offerings that provide customers better ways to move, store and process data. We created a platform to help partners explore new points of collaboration, showcase innovative offerings and help grow new business.”
–Eric Thompson, Intel general manager of Global Partner Enablement

Why It is Important: The Solutions Marketplace facilitates better collaboration between partners, helping them focus on desired outcomes and delivering customization. The platform is equipped with powerful new capabilities that enable partners to connect and collaborate with a global network of other peer partners to jointly deliver innovative data-centric solutions to business end customers. Today, solutions typically include hardware, software and services in varying combinations and are increasingly being designed to solve specific business challenges. For example, a solution to help a municipality reduce energy consumption using smart devices could be entirely led by the services side of the business, while an artificial intelligence solution to drive predictive maintenance for reduced downtime might be led by a software or hardware vendor. The Solutions Marketplace makes this kind of collaboration easier and more efficient.

Intel Corporation in December 2019 launches the Intel Solutions Marketplace, a platform to help partners deploy solutions in a complex, data-centric economy. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

What It Offers: Intel Solutions Marketplace encourages partners to collaborate within an expanded ecosystem, allowing Intel partners and business end customers to research and pursue thousands of partner solutions, including Intel® IOT Market Ready Solutions, artificial intelligence, autonomous technology, data center and cloud, 5G, and next-generation computing. It enables a new way for partners to innovate, go to market and grow their businesses. Among the key features:

  • Digital storefront: Reaching a global ecosystem of partners and customers with products, solutions and services is easy with the all-new storefront. Posting is quick and simple in a streamlined interface, while custom dashboards bring unprecedented insight to the Intel solutions environment.
  • Personalized search results: The enhanced offerings catalog allows users to easily browse thousands of products and solutions to find the ones that best suit their needs.
  • Intelligent lead generation: Discovering the right partners and customers is easy with artificial intelligence-powered matchmaking, which adds a heightened degree of personalization, based on the type of partner and their solutions focus area.

What’s Next: The Intel Solutions Marketplace is designed to drive collaboration across the ecosystem, making it easy for partners to connect with each other, all within the trusted Intel ecosystem. Intel will roll out enhancements throughout 2020 to help partners manage leads, monitor performance from personal dashboards and continue to grow their businesses.

The Small Print:

1Source:  IDC White Paper, sponsored by Seagate, “Data Age 2025: The Digitization of the World from Edge to Core,” November 2018. https://www.seagate.com/files/www-content/our-story/trends/files/idc-seagate-dataage-whitepaper.pdf

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Mobileye is Mapping 28,000 Miles of Barcelona’s Roads Daily to Improve Safety

Produits Intel - mar, 03/12/2019 - 19:00
Mobileye’s Gil Ayalon (right) speaks during the launch event for the Spanish Ministry of Transportation and the City of Barcelona’s Autonomous Ready initiative. (Credit: Mobileye)
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What’s New: On Monday, Dec. 2, Spain’s road safety authority, the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT), and the City of Barcelona with Mobileye presented data from the first two months of the Autonomous Ready™ initiative, a program intended to enhance the safety of streets today while analyzing the status of infrastructure to continue improving roads for the future.

“At Mobileye, safety comes first. And for that reason, we are in the continuous process of technological development to protect the most vulnerable road users and to lay the groundwork for future autonomous vehicles. Any city that wants to make its streets safer now can take advantage of this advanced technology to do so. Through the Autonomous Ready initiative, Spain is pioneering the adoption of innovative technology and becoming a world leader in the field of road safety and mobility.”
–Gil Ayalon, Mobileye director for the EMEA region

Why it Matters: Through the Autonomous Ready project, the City of Barcelona and DGT are using cutting-edge driver assistance technology available now from Mobileye to make the city safer, both immediately and in the long term. Equipping fleet vehicles that travel roads at a high frequency serves a dual purpose: Fleets gain a significant safety boost, while the city gains valuable insights into the most accident-prone points in the city where infrastructure can be improved.

Barcelona’s public-private collaboration incentivizes city fleets to join the project by providing preferred status to these “safe fleets” in areas such as parking, access, and loading and unloading privileges. Additionally, these fleets are preparing themselves for expected EU regulations mandating the use of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technology beginning in 2022.

Barcelona’s leaders hope the city can serve as an example for other cities across Spain and the world.

Information on roadside infrastructure harvested by Mobileye-equipped vehicles can be layered with external data, providing cities with actionable data to improve safety and efficiency. (Credit: Mobileye)
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How it Works: The pioneering initiative is intended to make Barcelona safer in two main ways. First, by equipping hundreds – and, eventually, thousands – of fleet vehicles with Mobileye retrofit collision avoidance and mapping technology, those vehicles will be involved in fewer accidents. Secondly, by passively surveying the roads of Barcelona and sending that data to the cloud for analysis, the city can improve its infrastructure and make city streets safer for all.

As equipped fleets travel the streets of Barcelona on their usual routes, on-board cameras collect anonymous information about roadside infrastructure that is then aggregated with external data, such as accident history or weather information. The aggregated data becomes the basis for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the detection of potential dangers and the identification of hidden problems that generate mobility risks. Over time, as these sensors gather more information, city leaders can gain an in-depth understanding of the city’s risk profile by identifying patterns of behavior in the daily traffic in which vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians co-exist. As a result, city streets are safer today, while evidence-based infrastructure improvements make for safer and more efficient mobility tomorrow.

By the Numbers:

  • 400 vehicles from 12 local fleets have been equipped with Mobileye 8 Connect™, Mobileye’s most advanced retrofit ADAS system powered by the EyeQ®4.
  • Mobileye-equipped vehicles collectively travel 28,000 miles – or 45,000 kilometers – daily, sending data to the cloud about what the on-board camera “sees.”
  • In the first two months of the project, 240,000 pedestrians and 37,000 cyclists were detected.
  • The equipped vehicles have experienced 668 near-miss collisions that were potentially prevented by safety alerts issued to the driver.
  • The number of Mobileye-equipped vehicles is expected to grow to 1,000 in 2020, and to 5,000 within three years.

Who is in the Intel Partner Network: Today, the Autonomous Ready initiative is possible thanks to the commitment to safe and sustainable mobility of the following partners whose fleets have joined the project: Alphabet, Aquaservice, Calidad Pascual, Correos, Endesa, Gestores 1880 SAU (GESCO), Ferrovial, Obremo, Fraikin, Logista (Nacex Integra2), Línea Directa and Seur, among others.

More Context: Autonomous Driving at Intel | Mobileye News

More Customer Stories: Intel Customer Spotlight on Intel.com | Customer Stories on Intel Newsroom

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AWS DeepComposer Enables Developers to Get Hands-On with Generative AI

Produits Intel - lun, 02/12/2019 - 20:19
The AWS DeepComposer keyboard announced at AWS re:Invent 2019. The machine learning-enabled keyboard helps developers in the field of generative artificial intelligence. (Credit: Amazon Web Services)

At the kickoff for AWS re:Invent, Dr. Matt Wood, vice president of artificial intelligence (AI) at Amazon Web Services, announced AWS DeepComposer, the world’s first machine learning-enabled keyboard for developers to get hands-on with generative AI. Generative AI is one of the most fascinating advancements in AI technology because of its ability to create something new: from turning sketches into images for accelerated product development to improving computer-aided design of complex objects.

AWS DeepComposer runs on Amazon EC2 C5 instances in the AWS cloud, which are powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

This builds on previous announcements that demonstrate the joint commitment of Intel and AWS to make hands-on machine learning education more accessible to developers: AWS DeepLens at re:Invent 2017 and AWS DeepRacer at re:Invent 2018.

More: Artificial Intelligence at Intel

More Customer Stories: Intel Customer Spotlight on Intel.com | Customer Stories on Intel Newsroom

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Intel Completes Sale of Smartphone Modem Business to Apple

Produits Intel - lun, 02/12/2019 - 15:00

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 2, 2019 – Intel Corporation today announced it has completed the sale of the majority of its smartphone modem business to Apple. This transaction, valued at $1 billion, was announced on July 25, 2019. As previously disclosed, this transaction enables Intel to focus on developing technology for 5G networks while retaining the option to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet of things devices and autonomous vehicles.

Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements relating to the expected benefits of the sale of the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business to Apple and Intel’s future plans and expectations. Such statements are based on management expectations as of the date of this release and, except as required by law, Intel disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. Forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth in Intel’s earnings release dated Oct. 24, 2019, which is included as an exhibit to Intel’s Form 8-K furnished to the SEC on such date.  Additional information regarding these and other factors that could affect Intel’s results is included in Intel’s SEC filings, including the company’s most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Copies of Intel’s Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at www.intc.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

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Why the Decision Against Qualcomm Should Stand

Produits Intel - ven, 29/11/2019 - 16:00

By Steven Rodgers

Today, Intel filed a brief supporting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and opposing Qualcomm’s appeal of the judgment rendered in May against Qualcomm by the United States District Court, Northern District of California. The District Court found that “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs and end consumers.” The District Court also found that Qualcomm’s conduct “unfairly tends to destroy competition itself.”

Intel agrees with the District Court’s findings. Intel suffered the brunt of Qualcomm’s anticompetitive behavior, was denied opportunities in the modem market, was prevented from making sales to customers and was forced to sell at prices artificially skewed by Qualcomm. We filed the brief because we believe it is important for the Court of Appeals to hear our perspective.

Qualcomm would have you believe that its position in the market today — as the last surviving U.S. supplier of premium modem chips — is due to its “ingenuity and business acumen,” and that its rivals in the market failed simply because “they did not offer good enough chips at low enough prices.” This is simply not true.

Instead, as detailed in the District Court’s opinion and in our brief, Qualcomm maintained its monopoly through a brazen scheme carefully crafted and implemented over many years. This scheme consists of a web of anticompetitive conduct designed to allow Qualcomm to coerce customers, tilt the competitive playing field and exclude competitors, all the while shielding itself from legal scrutiny and capturing billions in unlawful gains.

The victims were Qualcomm’s own customers (original equipment manufacturers or OEMs), the long list of competitors it forced out of the modem chip market, including Intel, and ultimately consumers. Intel fought for nearly a decade to build a profitable modem chip business. We invested billions, hired thousands, acquired two companies and built innovative world-class products that eventually made their way into Apple’s industry-leading iPhones, including the most recently released iPhone 11. But when all was said and done, Intel could not overcome the artificial and insurmountable barriers to fair competition created by Qualcomm’s scheme and was forced to exit the market this year.

As I have pointed out before, the District Court’s decision finding Qualcomm violated the antitrust laws comes on the heels of governmental entities around the globe reaching the same conclusion. As a result of its anticompetitive practices, Qualcomm has been fined nearly $1 billion in China, $850 million in Korea, $1.2 billion by the European Commission and $773 million in Taiwan (later reduced in settlement). The FTC, however, did not seek monetary relief. Instead, it sought injunctive relief to prevent Qualcomm from continuing to engage in its unlawful conduct.

Among other things, the District Court prohibited Qualcomm from continuing to implement the central component of its scheme, its coercive “no license, no chips” (NLNC) policy. Under the policy, Qualcomm cuts off handset OEMs’ purchases of modem chips unless they enter into a patent license agreement on Qualcomm’s terms. These onerous, one-sided terms enable Qualcomm to artificially lower the price of its modems while simultaneously inflating customers’ costs of using modem chips manufactured by competitors, like Intel, by charging royalties as large as the price of the modems themselves. The District Court concluded that the NLNC policy, together with other anticompetitive behavior on Qualcomm’s part, unlawfully distorted and, in fact, destroyed the competitive playing field.

The world benefits from fair competition in the wireless technology market. Given the importance of wireless technology to the future of connected computing, including the revolutionary promise of 5G, we strongly support the efforts of the FTC and other law enforcement agencies to require Qualcomm to obey the laws and compete on a level playing field. We hope our amicus brief will help in clarifying the full extent of the harm that Qualcomm’s unlawful behavior has caused and will continue to cause if left unchecked. If you are interested in learning more, read a copy of the District Court’s decision and a copy of Intel’s amicus brief.

Steven R. Rodgers is executive vice president and general counsel at Intel Corporation.

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Tiny Intel EMIB Helps Chips ‘Talk’ with Each Other

Produits Intel - mar, 26/11/2019 - 15:00

Most chips in today’s smartphones, computers and servers are comprised of multiple smaller chips invisibly sealed inside one rectangular package.

How do these multiple chips — often including CPU, graphics, memory, IO and more — communicate? An Intel innovation called EMIB (embedded multi-die interconnect bridge) is a complex multi-layered sliver of silicon no bigger than a grain of rice. It lets chips fling enormous quantities of data back and forth among adjoining chips at blinding speeds: several gigabytes per second.

Today, Intel EMIBs speed the flow of data inside nearly 1 million laptops and field programmable gate array devices worldwide. That number will soon soar and include more products as EMIB technology enters the mainstream. For example, Intel’s Ponte Vecchio processor, a general-purpose GPU the company unveiled Nov. 17, contains EMIB silicon.

To meet customers’ unique needs, this innovative technology allows chip architects to cobble together specialized chips faster than ever. And compared with an older, competing design — in which chips inside a package sit atop what is essentially a single electronic baseboard, with each chip plugged into it — tiny, flexible, cost-effective EMIB silicon offers an 85% increase in bandwidth. That can make your tech — laptop, server, 5G processor, graphics card— run dramatically faster. And next-generation EMIB could double or even triple that bandwidth.

More: All Intel Images | Intel EMIB Packaging Technology (Intel.com)

Intel’s embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB) technology helps multiple chips – CPU, graphics, memory, IO and more — communicate. EMIB is a complex multi-layered sliver of silicon no bigger than a grain of Basmati rice that moves large quantities of data among adjoining chips. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)
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Intel and MediaTek Partner to Deliver 5G on the PC

Produits Intel - lun, 25/11/2019 - 15:00

What’s New: Intel is partnering with MediaTek on the development, certification and support of 5G modem solutions for the next generation of PC experiences. As part of the partnership, Intel will define a 5G solution specification, including a 5G modem to be developed and delivered by MediaTek. Intel will also provide optimization and validation across the platform and lend system integration and co-engineering support to further enable its OEM partners.

“5G is poised to unleash a new level of computing and connectivity that will transform the way we interact with the world. This partnership with MediaTek brings together industry leaders with deep engineering, system integration and connectivity expertise to deliver 5G experiences on the next generation of the world’s best PCs.”
–Gregory Bryant, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group

When It will be Available: The first products are targeting availability in early 2021. Dell and HP are expected to be among the first OEMs to deliver laptops enabled with Intel and MediaTek’s 5G solution.

Why It’s Important: 5G will be the most significant network transformation in history. It represents the convergence of computing and communications, and it will open the door for new PC experiences and the way we connect with the world around us. Intel believes that the future’s best PCs will deliver experiences that help people do more of what they set out to achieve, and next-generation technologies like 5G are powerful building blocks in bringing those experiences to life.

Intel is the volume leader in both wireless and cellular connected PCs today with its Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and LTE solutions optimized across consumer and commercial segments. Underscoring Intel’s commitment to enabling powerful PC platforms for the data-centric era, including its Project Athena innovation program, this partnership expands Intel’s portfolio of leadership connectivity products to deliver 5G on future generations of advanced laptops.

MediaTek’s POV: “Our 5G modem for PCs, developed in partnership with Intel, is integral to making 5G accessible and available across home and mobile platforms,” said MediaTek President Joe Chen. “5G will usher in the next era of PC experiences, and working with Intel, an industry leader in computing, highlights MediaTek’s expertise in designing 5G technology for global markets. With this partnership, consumers will be able to browse, stream and game faster on their PCs, but we also expect them to innovate with 5G in ways we have not yet imagined.”

How It Works: As a first step in the partnership, Intel will define a 5G solution specification focused on deployment in key laptop segments, and MediaTek will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of the 5G modem. Intel will also develop and validate platform-level hardware and software integration, including OS host drivers.

The two companies are also working with Fibocom on the development of M.2 modules optimized for integration with Intel client platforms. As the first module vendor for this solution, Fibocom will provide operator certification and regulatory support, as well as lead 5G M.2 module manufacturing, sales and distribution.

More About Intel’s Role in 5G:  Intel is leading the charge to transform the network, extend edge computing and unleash new usages to deliver on the promise of 5G. In addition to having the industry’s broadest portfolio of 5G network solutions and a fast path to deployment, Intel is also driving open source software and standards-based technologies that will bring 5G to life. The company’s investments in 5G technologies will transform the very way data is transferred and processed across devices of all shapes and sizes, creating a platform for innovation, delivering immersive consumer experiences, and opening previously unimagined business and financial opportunities.

Other Context: 5G & Connectivity at Intel |  Project Athena Press Kit | MediaTek and Intel Partner to Bring 5G Connectivity to the Next Generation of PCs

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Michigan Program Adds Mobileye Collision-Avoidance Technology to State Vehicles

Produits Intel - jeu, 21/11/2019 - 20:12
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Mobileye President and CEO Amnon Shashua prepare for an autonomous car ride through the busy streets of Jerusalem on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The ride was part of Whitmer’s visit to the Israel headquarters of Mobileye, an Intel company, where she announced a pilot program using Mobileye’s collision avoidance technology for Michigan government fleet vehicles. (Credit: Mobileye)
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In a visit to Mobileye headquarters in Jerusalem on Thursday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a pilot program to enhance the safety of existing state and city fleets through the application of Mobileye 8 Connect aftermarket systems for collision avoidance. The trial is part of Michigan leaders’ objective to enhance road safety today while paving the way for the autonomous vehicles (AVs) of tomorrow.

In her meeting with Mobileye President and CEO Professor Amnon Shashua, Whitmer explored ways that Mobileye technology could be used to improve road safety, reduce collision-related costs, gain insight into local collision hotspots, and prepare the state for broad deployment of robotaxis and AVs.

“This program will demonstrate the potential of driving assistance technology to save lives, reduce collision-related costs and help diminish traffic congestion,” Whitmer said. “Our work with Mobileye highlights the number of contributions Michigan brings to the world of mobility and will help us advance technology and improve the quality of life for countless people. I’m proud to collaborate with Mobileye and eager to continue our work to transform the automotive landscape and solidify Michigan as a world leader in mobility.”

More: Autonomous Driving at Intel | Mobileye NewsGov. Gretchen Whitmer announces new collaboration between autonomous vehicle tech company Mobileye, state of Michigan

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The Intel Rule: Action to Improve Diversity in the Legal Profession

Produits Intel - jeu, 21/11/2019 - 15:00

By Steven Rodgers

In 2004, Intel joined more than 100 other corporations to call for concrete action to promote diversity in the legal profession. That declaration reflected the shared recognition by Intel and our peers that “the legal and business interests of our clients require legal representation that reflects the diversity of our employees, customers and the communities where we do business.” We pledged to “make decisions regarding which law firms represent our companies based in significant part on the diversity performance of the firms” and “to end or limit our relationships with firms whose performance consistently evidences a lack of meaningful interest in being diverse.” We earnestly believed that our call to action would prompt meaningful change in the legal profession and increase the number of women and minority attorneys representing Intel as outside counsel.

Fifteen years have passed since that call to action, and many corporations and law firms have made progress. At Intel today, we believe our outside counsel roster is among corporate America’s most diverse, and we regularly partner with our outside firms to provide opportunities to diverse lawyers, to set challenging representation goals and to award bonuses for outstanding progress. Over the years, we and our law firm partners have pioneered or adopted nearly every available tool to increase the diversity of our legal teams, including mentoring programs and clerkships. These improvements are part and parcel with Intel’s values-driven desire to become the world’s most inclusive company – a goal we support with our time, talents and resources. For example, in 2015 we set a goal to reach full market representation of women and underrepresented minorities in our U.S. workforce by 2020. We committed $300 million to achieve this goal and to support the broader goal of improving diversity and inclusion in the entire technology industry. We achieved full market representation of women and underrepresented minorities in our U.S. workforce in 2018, two years ahead of schedule.

But despite these improvements, for the legal profession overall, progress has been frustratingly slow – especially when it comes to retention and promotion. According to most surveys, at large U.S. law firms, only about 20% of full equity partners are women, and only about 8 or 9% are underrepresented minorities. Indeed, the data suggest that the largest 200 firms in the country as a group will not reach 50% women and 33% racial and ethnic minorities in their equity partner ranks – which would mirror the composition of recent law school graduating classes – for at least another 50 years.

That sluggish progress is not enough for our profession, and it certainly is not enough for Intel – where we pride ourselves on taking bold risks to achieve rapid progress. In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore penned Moore’s Law, a prediction of constant, momentous improvement that has become the driving force for progress in the computer industry. Our industry’s belief in our ability to achieve the core promise of Gordon’s prediction has driven thousands of engineers and scientists to produce ever-faster computer chips.

We believe that driving real progress in the legal profession’s diversity requires taking risk and being audacious, in the best spirit of Moore’s Law. In fact, we need a Moore’s Law of diversity in the legal profession and, even more, we need the fearlessness that goes with it. Today, we are taking a step toward that ambition by announcing something we call the Intel Rule:

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Intel will not retain or use outside law firms in the U.S. that are average or below average on diversity. Firms are eligible to do legal work for Intel only if, as of that date and thereafter, they meet two diversity criteria: at least 21% of the firm’s U.S. equity partners are women and at least 10% of the firm’s U.S. equity partners are underrepresented minorities (which, for this purpose, we define as equity partners whose race is other than full white/Caucasian, and partners who have self-identified as LBGTQ+, disabled or as veterans).

The Intel Rule adds above-average diversity to a small list of mandatory items we require from every lawyer in every retention: results, value, professionalism and diversity. We understand that doing this may deny to us the services of many highly skilled lawyers, perhaps including the services of some law firms with which we have worked for decades. But Intel cannot abide the current state of progress – it is not enough, and progress is not happening fast enough. At Intel, below average and average on diversity is no longer good enough to be a member of our regular outside counsel roster.

Initially, our diversity criteria will focus on equity partners. As many firms now have multiple tiers of equity partners, over time we intend to develop the data necessary to adopt and apply diversity criteria based only on the top tier of equity partners at firms. We also intend to develop the data necessary to apply our diversity criteria to firms worldwide. And, we will regularly increase our required percentages so that Intel is always using firms that are at the forefront of our profession’s progress on diversity.

In full candor, our internal discussions about the Intel Rule have not been without debate, even among those most passionate about diversity. There may be instances where a real need for a specialty, relationship or lawyer (for example, a local counsel relationship) requires us to depart from the Intel Rule, but we will make such exceptions rarely and only after determining that no suitable diverse firm is available. In the area of patent prosecution, which presents distinct challenges in the area of gender diversity, we will make appropriate adjustments to balance our goal to drive greater diversity in the legal profession with our needs for specialized (and sometimes unique) technical skills.

Today, we call on corporate law departments to also renew our shared commitments to take concrete steps to develop and hire diverse outside teams. At Intel, we pledge our more than $300 million in annual outside counsel spending to this goal, in the belief that by declining to hire firms that are average or below average on diversity will spur the progress our profession needs to bring about change now, not in 50 years – an effort worthy of the spirit of Moore’s Law.

Steven R. Rodgers is executive vice president and general counsel at Intel Corporation.

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Intel Supply Update

Produits Intel - mer, 20/11/2019 - 22:30

Today, Intel published a supply update letter to customers here. Although Intel is working hard to regain supply-demand balance, it remains a challenge. Separately, Intel is reaffirming our previous guidance for the fourth quarter, issued in our earnings release dated Oct. 24, 2019.

Our guidance and other statements about future plans and expectations in this update and the linked letter are forward-looking statements. They are based on expectations as of November 20, 2019 but are subject to many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth in Intel’s Q3 2019 earnings release and our most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, available at intc.com.

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Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi Join Intel Neuromorphic Research Community

Produits Intel - lun, 18/11/2019 - 16:30

What’s New: Today, Intel announced the first corporate members – Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi – to join the fast-growing Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC). The INRC has tripled in size over the past year and now has more than 75 organizations, spanning leading universities around the world, government labs, neuromorphic startup companies, and now several Fortune Global 500 members.

“Our collaborators around the world have made great progress on pioneering the basic tools, algorithms and methods needed to make Intel’s neuromorphic technology useful. We are now encouraging commercially oriented groups to join the community, and we are thrilled to welcome our first large corporate members to help push the technology forward. These groups bring important perspectives, ideas and challenges that can help advance the research from lab bench to real-world applications.”
–Mike Davies, director of Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab

Why It’s Important: While neuromorphic computing is still in its infancy, the technology is gaining momentum, driven forward by companies large and small around the globe. If all technical challenges are solved in the next few years, analysts forecast the neuromorphic computing market could rise from $69 million in 2024 to $5 billion in 2029 – and $21.3 billion in 20341.

Intel’s Role: Intel created the INRC – bringing together leading researchers from academia, industry and government – to collaboratively tackle the challenges facing the field of neuromorphic computing. The addition of the first Fortune Global 500 members reflects a growing commercial interest in the technology, as well as the advancing maturity of the field for solving artificial intelligence (AI) problems that are not well suited to conventional deep learning methods. By mimicking the adaptive behavior of natural neural networks, neuromorphic technology promises to provide great gains in computing performance and energy efficiency for demanding applications, ranging from robotics to smart manufacturing to brain-computer interfaces.

Members of the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community share research progress and results at the group’s October 2019 fall workshop in Graz, Austria. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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Accenture, Airbus, GE and Hitachi are joining forces with Intel and other INRC members to create proof-of-concept applications that will bring the most value to their businesses. Intel will leverage the insights that come from this customer-centric research to inform the designs of future processors and systems. These engagements will ensure Intel remains strategically positioned at the forefront of neuromorphic technology commercialization.

What New Members are Researching:

  • Accenture: Working with 92 of the Fortune Global 100, Accenture provides services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to help clients shape their visions for the future. At the heart of this work are Accenture Labs’ applied R&D technologists, who deliver breakthrough ideas and technologies that generate new sources of competitive advantage and drive strategic impact for both Accenture and its clients.

    Accenture Labs is exploring how the Intel Loihi neuromorphic processor can help enterprises prepare for a future that will require specialized computing and heterogeneous hardware to maximize computing power for workload-intensive operations – from smart vehicle interaction to distributed infrastructure monitoring to speech recognition.

    “As artificial intelligence continues to permeate our world, neuromorphic computing has the potential to transform computing infrastructures to harness its potential in new ways,” said Edy Liongosari, chief research scientist at Accenture Labs. “As one of the first commercial research labs working with neuromorphic processors, Accenture Labs is exploring how neuromorphic computing can re-envision how systems learn and behave – to ultimately advance the way we live and work.”

  • Airbus: While Airbus is most well-known as a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, today cybersecurity forms a large and important part of its internal activity and market portfolio. Collaborating with Cardiff University, Airbus is exploring how Intel’s Loihi neuromorphic processor can advance existing in-house developed automated malware detection technology. The company expects the addition of Loihi’s real-time learning and scaling capabilities will enable both faster and more accurate malware detection, a time-critical problem. This will significantly aid the fight against ransomware, while at the same time operating at a low-power level that is well-suited for constant monitoring.

    “In the rapidly evolving sphere of cybersecurity, AI, machine learning and automation will all be vital to protect and improve the resilience of critical systems and infrastructure. Airbus, in partnership with Cardiff University, is proud to be leading the way on research for AI-based cyber-attack detection and processing,” said Dr. Kevin Jones, global chief information security officer at Airbus.

  • GE: As GE works to create new value across its industrial products and services portfolio, the company is exploring how it can utilize the energy efficiency and novel learning approaches of Intel’s Loihi neuromorphic processor to improve industrial operations.

    As part of this endeavor, GE will research how neuromorphic hardware can bring robust online learning to the edge of the industrial network to enable adaptive controls, autonomous inspection and unlock new capabilities such as real-time inline compression, which would improve data storage utilization and reduce the overall cost of operation.

    “Intel’s Loihi neuromorphic processors have enormous potential to deliver new capabilities in AI and Edge computing,” said Joel Markham, chief engineer of the Edge Computing Lab at GE Research. “The flexibility in programming, ready access to the cloud-based resources and connections to a robust third-party neuromorphic computing ecosystem are all key factors industrial companies like GE require to transform complex industrial systems and networks.”

  • Hitachi: Hitachi is unique in the way it combines information technologies (IT) including AI, big data analytics and other digital technologies; operational technologies (OT) for system control and operation; and an extensive range of products. Through its Social Innovation Business, Hitachi is providing digital solutions to help resolve challenges faced by customers and society.

    “Intel’s Loihi and Spiking Neural Networks have the potential to recognize and understand the time series data of many high-resolution cameras and sensors quickly,” said Norikatsu Takaura, chief researcher of the Research & Development Group at Hitachi Ltd. “Neuromorphic computing and its technology stack will improve the scalability and flexibility of edge computing systems.”

How the INRC Has Grown: Launched in 2018, the INRC is dedicated to developing and accelerating the capabilities of neuromorphic computing across commercial and academic environments. The community now comprises more than 75 groups from 17 countries, which is a three-times increase since last year.

More Information: Researchers interested in participating in the INRC and developing for Loihi can visit the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community website. A list of current members can also be found at the site.

More Context: Intel Labs (Press Kit) | Intel at Supercomputing 2019 (Press Kit)

The Small Print:1 I-Micronews: “Neuromorphic Sensing and Computing 2019,” September 2019.

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Intel Unveils New GPU Architecture with High-Performance Computing and AI Acceleration, and oneAPI Software Stack with Unified and Scalable Abstraction for Heterogeneous Architectures

Produits Intel - lun, 18/11/2019 - 01:00

Raja Koduri, senior vice president, chief architect, and general manager of architecture, graphics and software at Intel Corporation, addresses the audience at the Intel HPC Developer Conference on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Denver. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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  • Intel launches oneAPI, a unified and scalable programming model to harness the power of diverse computing architectures in the era of HPC/AI convergence.
  • Intel introduces a general-purpose GPU optimized for HPC/AI acceleration based on the Xe architecture, code-named “Ponte Vecchio.”
  • Intel unveils additional architectural details of the Aurora Supercomputer, delivering convergence at exascale at Argonne National Laboratory.

DENVER, Nov. 17, 2019 – At Supercomputing 2019, Intel unveiled its vision for extending its leadership in the convergence of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) with new additions to its data-centric silicon portfolio and an ambitious new software initiative that represents a paradigm shift from today’s single-architecture, single-vendor programming models.

Addressing the increasing use of heterogeneous architectures in high-performance computing, Intel expanded on its existing technology portfolio to move, store and process data more effectively by announcing a new category of discrete general-purpose GPUs optimized for AI and HPC convergence. Intel also launched the oneAPI industry initiative to deliver a unified and simplified programming model for application development across heterogenous processing architectures, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and other accelerators. The launch of oneAPI represents millions of Intel engineering hours in software development and marks a game-changing evolution from today’s limiting, proprietary programming approaches to an open standards-based model for cross-architecture developer engagement and innovation.

More: Intel at Supercomputing 2019 Press Kit | oneAPI Fact Sheet | oneAPI Infographic | Intel Data Center News

“HPC and AI workloads demand diverse architectures, ranging from CPUs, general-purpose GPUs and FPGAs, to more specialized deep-learning NNPs, which Intel demonstrated earlier this month,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president, chief architect, and general manager of architecture, graphics and software at Intel. “Simplifying our customers’ ability to harness the power of diverse computing environments is paramount, and Intel is committed to taking a software-first approach that delivers a unified and scalable abstraction for heterogeneous architectures.”

oneAPI: A Developer-Centric Approach to Heterogeneous Computing

The oneAPI initiative Intel launched today will define programming for an increasingly AI-infused, multi-architecture world. oneAPI delivers a unified and open programming experience to developers on the architecture of their choice without compromising performance and eliminating the complexity of separate code bases, multiple-programming languages, and different tools and workflows. oneAPI preserves existing software investments with support for existing languages while delivering flexibility for developers to create versatile applications.

oneAPI includes both an industry initiative based on open specifications and an Intel beta product. The oneAPI specification includes a direct programming language, powerful APIs and a low-level hardware interface. Intel’s oneAPI beta software provides developers a comprehensive portfolio of developer tools that include compilers, libraries and analyzers, packaged into domain-focused toolkits. The initial oneAPI beta release targets Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® Core™ processors with integrated graphics, and Intel® FPGAs, with additional hardware support to follow in future releases. Developers can download the oneAPI tools, test drive them in the Intel oneAPI DevCloud, and learn more about oneAPI at software.intel.com/oneAPI.

Intel’s Data-Centric Strategy Delivers the Foundation for AI/HPC Convergence

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Intel’s silicon portfolio is comprised of a diverse mix of architectures deployed in a range of silicon platforms. The foundation of Intel’s data centric strategy is the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, which today powers over 90 percent of the world’s Top500 supercomputers. Intel Xeon Scalable processors are the only x86 CPUs with built-in AI acceleration that are optimized to analyze the massive data sets in HPC workloads.

At Supercomputing 2019, Intel unveiled a new category of general-purpose GPUs based on Intel’s Xe architecture. Code-named “Ponte Vecchio,” this new high-performance, highly flexible discrete general-purpose GPU is architected for HPC modeling and simulation workloads and AI training. Ponte Vecchio will be manufactured on Intel’s 7nm technology and will be Intel’s first Xe-based GPU optimized for HPC and AI workloads. Ponte Vecchio will leverage Intel’s Foveros 3D and EMIB packaging innovations and feature multiple technologies in-package, including high-bandwidth memory, Compute Express Link interconnect and other intellectual property.

Building the Foundation for Exascale Computing

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Intel’s data-centric silicon portfolio and oneAPI initiative lays the foundation for the convergence of HPC and AI workloads at exascale within the Aurora system at Argonne National Laboratory. Aurora will be the first U.S. exascale system to leverage the full breadth of Intel’s data-centric technology portfolio, building upon the Intel Xeon Scalable platform and using Xe architecture-based GPUs, as well as Intel Optane DC persistent memory and connectivity technologies. The compute node architecture of Aurora will feature two 10nm-based Intel Xeon Scalable processors (code-named “Sapphire Rapids”) and six Ponte Vecchio GPUs. Aurora will support over 10 petabytes of memory and over 230 petabytes of storage. Aurora will leverage the Cray Slingshot fabric to connect nodes across more than 200 racks.

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Intel Board of Directors Elects New Director

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2019 – Intel Corporation today announced that James (Jim) J. Goetz was elected to Intel’s board of directors. His election marks the sixth new independent director added to Intel’s board since the beginning of 2016.

“Jim has a keen understanding of how technology is evolving and a strong track record helping technology companies capitalize on disruptive innovation,” said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant. “Jim has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market-leading positions, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. Jim’s technical insight, substantial operating experience, growth mindset, and deep private and public company board experience, all will further strengthen Intel’s board.”

Goetz, 54, has served as a partner of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm, since June 2004. Prior to joining Sequoia, Goetz co-founded VitalSigns Software, where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management. Prior to VitalSigns, he was vice president of Network Management for Bay Networks. Goetz currently serves on the boards of several privately held companies, and, since April 2005, on the board of Palo Alto Networks Inc., a network security solution company. Goetz previously served on the boards of directors of Barracuda Networks Inc., a data security and storage company from 2009 to 2017; Nimble Storage Inc., a data storage company, from 2007 to 2017; Jive Software Inc., a provider of social business software, from 2007 to 2015; and Ruckus Wireless Inc., a manufacturer of wireless (Wi-Fi) networking equipment, from 2012 to 2015, among others.

Goetz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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Holiday Look Book 2019: Give Intel. Get Amazing.

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The hottest gifts this holiday season are the newest experiences powered by Intel technology. Thin-and-light laptops and 2 in 1s powered by 10th Gen InteI® Core™ processors deliver amazing levels of intelligent performance and graphics capabilities for stunning entertainment experiences along with best-in-class wireless and wired standards for fast, flexible and easy connectivity1.

This year, Intel also introduced a new class of advanced laptops that are engineered to offer exceptional responsiveness and performance for life on the go. Enjoy a laptop that matches your drive. When you see the Intel “Engineered for Mobile Performance” identifier, it means that laptop was co-engineered with Intel and verified2 to deliver real-world battery life3, consistent responsiveness on battery3, the best connectivity4 and instant resume5 so you’re always ready.

Stay connected and experience a new level of wireless connectivity with home routers from Netgear and TP Link featuring Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) technology. Faster gigabit speeds and more responsive Wi-Fi enable a reliable connection for untethered gaming, browsing, streaming and downloading.

For the gaming enthusiast, the unlocked6 Intel® Core™ i9-9900K is at the heart of any ultimate gaming rig. Capture game play, transcode and stream while playing on Intel’s best-in-class processor for next-level gaming performance.

Intel’s Holiday 2019 Look Book is the ultimate gift guide for Intel processor-based 2 in 1s, sleek thin-and-light notebooks and connected home devices from ASUS, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, MSI, Razer, Samsung and more.

1Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, software or service activation.

2Verification process: Intel’s design verification process ensures that certain product specifications for user experience are included. Intel does not guarantee specific performance of any system. Actual performance will vary with use, system configurations, and settings.

3Designs with FHD displays provide 9 hours of battery life on average for intense web browsing. Testing as of Sept. 30, 2019. For systems with FHD displays. Simulated to replicate typical scenario on wireless web browsing workload: shipped HW/SW configuration running multiple background applications and open web pages; on 802.11 wireless Internet connection, DC battery power, and 250nit screen brightness.

4Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) delivers best in class wireless for fast and reliable connections. Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products support optional 160 MHz channels, enabling the fastest possible theoretical maximum speeds (2402 Mbps) for typical 2×2 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products.   Premium Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) products enable 2-4X faster maximum theoretical speeds compared standard 2×2 (1201 Mbps) or 1×1 (600 Mbps) 802.11 AX PC Wi-Fi products, which only support the mandatory requirement of 80 MHz channels.

5Wake from sleep in less than 1 second. From button press, lid open, or voice, to display on and ready for authentication.

6Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance.  Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications.  Check with the manufacturers of system and components for additional details.

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