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June 24 2015

Chip Shot: Intel Highlights Automotive Innovation for the Internet of Things

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Imagine stepping into a car that recognizes your facial features and begins playing your favorite music. A pair of gloves that knows the history of your vehicle from the time of its inception on the factory floor. A vehicle that detects the relevancy of upcoming road signs and displays them on your dashboard. Today at Automobil Elektronik Kongress, Intel’s Doug Davis highlighted several key Intel-supported initiatives to deliver automotive innovation including a collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover using Intel RealSense technology, Intel’s strategy for a next-generation software-defined cockpit and demonstrated a professional-grade wearable for use in automobile manufacturing. More information on these innovations, as well as Intel’s work with the broader automotive ecosystem, can be found in Doug Davis’s latest blog post.

June 12 2015

Chip Shot: Custom Intel® Xeon® Sever Chip Boost Cloud Processing Power for Amazon Web Services Customers

Today, Amazon Web Services announced it is using another customized Intel® Xeon® server processor to deliver M4 instances. M4 instances are a new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance designed for small and mid-size databases and …

June 02 2015

Chip Shot: Intel Announces New Xeon® Server Chips for “Visual Cloud” at Computex 2015

Today at Computex 2015, Intel introduced the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v4 product family, now integrated with Intel’s most powerful data center graphics, Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics P6300. The Intel Xeon E3v4 product family enables cloud service providers and content owners to meet cloud-based graphics demands like high-definition video streaming to help deliver better user experiences. Built on 14nm process technology, the latest generation Intel Xeon processors offer new levels of performance for graphically-intensive workloads such as video transcoding, graphics/media delivery and remote workstation applications. Read the New Data Center Graphics Powerhouse blog or visit the multimedia press kit to learn more.

May 12 2015

Chip Shot: Intel Advances Custom Cloud Efforts with New Collaboration

Intel announced today plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the “cloud.” This collaboration is part of Intel’s strategy to integrate re programmable technology with Intel® Xeon® processors to provide cloud customers with custom solutions that greatly improve performance, power and cost.

May 12 2015

Intel, eASIC Collaborate on Customized Intel-Based Solutions for the Cloud

Companies Plan to Deliver Custom Intel® Xeon® Processors with eASIC Platforms to Speed Workloads like Security, Big Data, and Other Applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 12, 2015 – Intel Corporation today announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the “cloud.” The new parts will enable acceleration of up to two times that of a field programmable gate array (FPGA) for workloads like security and big data analytics while also speeding the time to market for custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) development by as much as 50 percent1.

The tremendous growth of cloud computing has spurred greater demand for customized chips that make a particular application or workload run faster. To enable this, eASIC plans to integrate its eASIC platform technology with future Intel® Xeon® processors, providing cloud service providers a highly customized, integrated hardware solution for their particular workload.

eASIC’s technology can increase flexibility and fast-time-to-market when compared to traditional ASICs and increase performance and lower power consumption when compared to FPGAs. By integrating hardware accelerator solutions with the eASIC platform, Intel can deliver much faster and more flexible systems for cloud customers.

“Having the ability to highly customize our solutions for a given workload will not only make the specific application run faster, but also help accelerate the growth of exciting new applications like visual search,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “This announcement helps broaden our portfolio of customized products to provide our customers with the flexibility and performance they need.”

This collaboration is part of Intel’s strategy to integrate reprogrammable technology with Intel Xeon processors to greatly improve performance, power and cost.

“We believe our eASIC technology has unique characteristics that will benefit cloud service providers to get the most from their applications,” said Ronnie Vasishta, president and chief executive office at eASIC. “The combination of eASIC and Intel technology will help bring break through cost and performance to our customers.”

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. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com, and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

About eASIC
eASIC is a semiconductor company offering a differentiated solution that enables us to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver custom integrated circuits (ICs), creating value for our customers’ hardware and software systems. Our eASIC solution consists of our eASIC platform which incorporates a versatile, pre-defined and reusable base array and customizable single-mask layer, our easicopy ASICs, our standard ASICs and our proprietary design tools. Privately held eASIC Corporation is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Investors include Khosla Ventures, Crescendo Ventures, Seagate Technology, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) and Evergreen Partners. For more information on eASIC please visit www.easic.com.

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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

1 Source: eASIC website http://www.easic.com/products/28-nm-easic-nextreme-3/.

May 11 2015

Chip Shot: Turning 50 This Month, Moore’s Law Spurs Economic Growth in the Trillions

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Turning 50 this month, Moore’s Law is the cornerstone on which today’s innovation is built. IHS said today that Moore’s Law has generated a minimum of $3 trillion in incremental GDP and up to $11 trillion when including the indirect impact. At an event tonight, Gordon Moore is expected to highlight that without increasing funding for basic research and focus on STEM education advancements such as Moore’s Law may not happen in the future, potentially hobbling economic growth and increases in living standards.

Gordon Moore: Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of Moore’s Law

Infographic: Moore’s Law Celebrating Five Decades of Innovation

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May 06 2015

Chip Shot: Intel and Cloudera Advance Business Insight with Analytics

Intel’s SVP & GM of the Data Center Group Diane Bryant & Cloudera’s CEO Tom Reilly

Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly joined Diane Bryant, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, on stage at Intel’s May 5 Analytics Day to discuss the one-year anniversary of Intel’s investment in Cloudera.

View the replays of the Intel and Cloudera keynotes from Intel’s “Analytics Day” event yesterday in San Francisco. Intel’s Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, discussed scale-up and scale-out data analytics solutions optimized on Intel® Xeon® processor-based platforms, including the introduction of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v3 family for real-time analytics and mission-critical computing. Celebrating the one year anniversary of the Intel and Cloudera partnership, Cloudera’s CEO Tom Reilly discussed how the companies are accelerating enterprise Hadoop adoption through new product enhancements and ecosystem collaborations. Visit the online press kit for event photos and additional information.

May 05 2015

New Intel® Xeon® Processors Accelerate Time to Insight, Transforming Data into Business Advantage

Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v3 Product Families Deliver Advanced Performance and Reliability for Real-Time Analytics and Mission-Critical Computing

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Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v3 wafer and CPU package

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 5, 2015 – Intel Corporation today announced the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, delivering accelerated business insight through real-time analytics and enhanced performance and reliability for mission-critical computing.

Real-time business intelligence is a top priority for companies across the full spectrum of industries, from healthcare to retail to telecommunications, among others. The need to rapidly extract actionable insight from large volumes of data is driving demand for new technologies for in-memory computing and big data analytics. Considering the current and future demand for in-memory computing, Gartner believes that revenue in this market will exceed $9.5 billion by year-end 2018, and at least 50 percent of large organizations will adopt in-memory computing to enable digital business strategies1.

The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family helps customers to securely process and analyze massive data sets in system memory for faster decision-making and improved operational efficiency, giving companies a competitive edge.

“In the digital services economy, success or failure can depend on how quickly businesses act on insight from vast stores of data,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family is the engine for accelerating business intelligence through real-time analytics, enabling businesses to improve customer satisfaction through more personalized products and services, generate new revenue streams and enhance operational efficiency.”

News Facts

  • With 20 new performance world records across a broad range of mission-critical applications, the new processor family achieves a 40 percent average performance improvement compared to the prior generation2.
  • The processor family delivers up to 6x improvement in business processing application performance for in-memory transactional workloads3 optimized with the new Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX).
  • With up to 18 cores, a 20 percent increase in cores compared to the prior generation, and up to 45 megabytes of last-level cache, the processor family can deliver up to 70 percent more decision support analytic sessions per hour4.
  • Product family delivers up to 10x greater performance per dollar while driving up to an 85 percent lower total cost of ownership compared to alternative RISC architectures5 by reducing the cost of hardware acquisition and power and cooling.
  • The processors support configurations up to 32 sockets6 with support for the industry’s largest memory capacity per socket7 (8-socket systems are capable of supporting up to 12 terabytes of DDR3 or DDR4 memory technology).
  • New security and reliability capabilities, including increased cryptographic performance via the latest Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), as well as additional micro-architectural improvements. Intel® Run Sure Technology, a unique set of reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features for the Intel Xeon processor E7 family8, is enhanced with new features designed to further ensure “five nines” availability for mission-critical applications.
  • Product family comprises 12 processor models, including multiple segment optimized processors such as two high-frequency models that are designed for a subset of database applications requiring the fastest cores available.
  • Starting today, 17 system manufacturers from around the world will begin announcing Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family-based platforms.  These manufacturers include Bull*, Cisco*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, Huawei*, Inspur*, Lenovo*, NEC*, Oracle*, PowerLeader*, Quanta*, SGI*, Sugon*, Supermicro* and ZTE*.
  • (Editor’s note: Intel and Cloudera today announced details on how the partnership is successfully driving enterprise adoption of analytics at scale, including new product enhancement such as the implementation of Intel AES-NI that delivers a 2.5x improvement9 in encryption off-load performance, enabling an entire Hadoop data set to be encrypted with a system overhead ranging from 1 to 4 percent depending on the workload10.)

Transforming Businesses through Real-Time Analytics
Nippon Paint, one of the largest paint suppliers in Asia, is currently using Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 running SAP HANA in-memory analytics software to capture consumer behaviors with greater accuracy and accelerate its ability to analyze and act on data for optimized supply chain and marketing campaigns.

“Through real-time analytics, Nippon Paint is able to capture and analyze customer preferences such as colors, design styles and designers, and tailor products and services to specific customer needs,” said Justin Chen, CIO, Nippon Paint. “Actionable data that used to take days and weeks to analyze and report on is now available in near real time. We’re currently testing with new Intel Xeon processor E7 v3-based systems to take advantage of the higher performance and reliability features to further accelerate data-driven customer insight.”

Pricing Details
The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 product family will be offered with 12 different processor models that range in price from $1,224 to $7,175 in quantities of 1,000.

Complete pricing details are available at intc.com/priceList.cfm.

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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.

Intel, the Intel logo, and Intel Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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

Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com.

Results have been estimated or simulated using internal Intel analysis or architecture simulation or modeling, and provided to you for informational purposes. Any differences in your system hardware, software or configuration may affect your actual performance.

Cost reduction scenarios described are intended as examples of how a given Intel- based product, in the specified circumstances and configurations, may affect future costs and provide cost savings. Circumstances will vary. Intel does not guarantee any costs or cost reduction.

Optimization Notice: Intel’s compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice. Notice Revision #20110804

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/benchmarks/intel-product-performance.html. Claim configuration details as of 5 May 2015.

1 Source: Gartner, Predicts 2015: In-Memory Computing’s Disruptive Impact Extends to Digital Business Enablement, Doc #G00270792, November 2014.


2 Twenty performance world records based on results published at SPEC.org, SAP http://www.sap.com/benchmark and TPC.org. Full details are available at www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/benchmarks/server/xeon-e7-v3/xeon-e7-v3-world-record.html. Up to 1.4x average performance increase claim based on generational scaling of comparable 4x Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3 compared to E7-4890 v2 geometric mean average across 12 benchmark results (est. SPECint*_base2006 1.06x, STREAM 1.07x, est. SPECfp*_base2006 1.09x, Est. SPECfp*_rate_base2006 1.16x, SPECint*_rate_base2006 1.16x, Brokerage OLTP tps 1.25x, Warehouse OLTP tpm 1.39x, Server Consolidation VM 1.39x, LINPACK 1.68x, SAS New Mixed Analytics* 1.72x, and SAP HANA* SPS9 with Intel® TSX OLTP tpm 6x. For more complete information, see www.intel.com/performance/datacenter.


3 Up to 6x business processing application performance improvement claim based on SAP* OLTP internal in-memory workload measuring transactions per minute (tpm) on SuSE* LINUX Enterprise Server 11 SP3. Configurations: 1) Baseline 1.0: 4S Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2, 512 GB memory, SAP HANA* 1 SPS08. 2) Up to 6x more tpm: 4S Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v3, 512 GB memory, SAP HANA* 1 SPS09 which includes 1.82x improvement from general software tuning, 1.50x generational scaling, and an additional boost of 2.27x for enabling Intel TSX.

4 Up to 70 percent more analytic sessions per hour based on SAS* New Mixed Analytics workload comparing 4-socket servers running Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v3 (45 M Cache, 2.50 GHz) scoring 0.19 session per hour to E7-4890 v2 (37.5 M Cache, 2.80 GHz) scoring 0.11 sessions per hour.

5 Up to 10x greater performance per dollar driving up to an 85 percent lower total cost of ownership claim based on estimated SPECint*_rate_base2006 performance of 8-socket server using Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v3 scoring 4980 priced at an estimated street price of $144,626 to 8-socket IBM Power E870 scoring 4830 priced at public list price of $1,592,788. Up to 85% better 4-year TCO through lower hardware and software costs claim based on Intel internal total cost of ownership tool normalizing integer throughput performance between the two options. Calculations includes analysis based on performance, power, cooling, electricity rates, operating system and annual support/license costs. For more complete information visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/benchmarks/server/xeon-e7-v3/xeon-e7-v3-world-record.html.

6 Requires node controller (available from 3rd party sources).

7 Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family provides the largest memory footprint of 1.5TB per socket compared to up to 1TB per socket delivered by alternative architectures, based on published specs.

8 Intel Run Sure Technology also available with Intel® Itanium® processor family

9 Cloudera Hadoop* Single-Node Encryption Performance Case Study on Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family: software.intel.com/en-us/articles/cloudera-hadoop-single-node-encryption-performance-case-study-on-intel-xeon-e5-2600-v3.

10 Cluster configuration: 2 TB data set on 10-node cluster with 1 name node/resource manager, 1 Cloudera* services node, and 8 data nodes. Each node configured as Intel® Server System R2208WTTYS with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2699 v3 (18C, 2.3 GHz, 45 M, 145 W),128 GB DDR4 memory, Intel® Ethernet Controller X540-AT2 (10 Gbps), 1 x 32 GB Intel® SSD X25-E Extreme OS drive, 7×4 TB HDD 7 HDDs, 4 TB each. Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0033 4 TB 7200 rpm 128 MB Cache SATA 6.0 Gbps 3.5″; 1 x 800 GB Intel® SSD DC P3700 for temp drive; Cent OS 6.5*, CDH v5.22 TB data set on 10-node cluster with 1 name node/resource manager, 1 Cloudera* services node, and 8 data nodes. Each node configured as Intel® Server System R2208WTTYS with two Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2699 v3 (18C, 2.3 GHz, 45 M, 145 W), 128 GB DDR4 memory, Intel® Ethernet Controller X540-AT2 (10 Gbps), 1 x 32 GB Intel® SSD X25-E Extreme OS drive, 7×4 TB HDD 7 HDDs, 4 TB each. Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST4000NM0033 4 TB 7200 rpm 128 MB Cache SATA 6.0 Gbps 3.5″; 1 x 800 GB Intel® SSD DC P3700 for temp drive; Cent OS 6.5*, CDH v5.2.

May 01 2015

Transforming Business Through Real-Time Analytics

Learn how using big data and real-time analytics drives new insights, faster decision-making and digital service delivery. Intel is unveiling new technologies that drive the big data payoff.

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April 19 2015

Chip Shot: Moore’s Law Turns 50 Today

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, an unspoken agreement between the electronics industry and the world economy that inspires engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs to think about what is possible. Moore’s Law enables much of today’s innovation – wearable technology, genomic sequencing, smart cities –and is helping industries tackle seemingly intractable problems and turning fantastic ideas into profitable business ventures. What will the next 50 years hold?