Intel’s name is unalienable with the microprocessors dominating the majority of the personal computers in the world, whether they run the Macintosh, Linux or Windows operating systems. Today, Intel is no longer just a single-minded chip company serving the PC industry, but also have become a world-class high-tech innovator by contributing to the rapid advancement of computing and communications technologies, starting at the silicon level to the digital home. Intel is actively developing products for new markets including the smart phone, tablet, and automotive segments while the traditional sectors continue growing.
First of all, Intel has been contributing to the area of programming tools on the software front, like optimizing compilers, performance analyzers, and mathematical libraries. They also support the open source software community with important research tools including the Open Computer Vision library furthermore real-time and embedded OS solutions for all architecture systems are supplied. The Smart TV, health care, and educational product have expanded their software efforts to include the integrated hardware-software solutions.
For nearly the first two decades of its existence, Intel avoided using the term “research” to describe anything that was not strictly product development. By that time, Intel’s founders, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, were at Fairchild Semiconductor, a semiconductor research powerhouse. Moore was the head of research at Fairchild Semi, but the company struggled to move new semiconductor devices and process out of his research lab and into production. When Intel was founded in 1968, Noyce and Moore agreed that new devices and processes would be developed right on the factory floor along with the production processes. It was not until the mid-80s that Components Research was started at Intel under John Carruthers before anything was allowed to be called research at the company.
Intel started the formalized research into microprocessor technology with the introduction of the Microprocessor Research Lab by Richard Wirt in mid-90s. In 2003, the Microprocessor Research Lab merged with the existing Corporate Technology Group. After the integration, the group consists of hardware and software research and focuses in microprocessors, wired and wireless communications, and systems technology along with Intel’s university-based laboratories in different states in US. It renamed as Intel Labs in 2009 and become the main research unit of the company. Components Research remains as part of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing group and continues to innovate semiconductor device.
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