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Chipmaker Intel Corp said on Thursday that it was updating 5G equipment that will allow telecom companies like AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc to run trials based on standards to be released later this year.

A 5G network is expected to offer faster speeds, more capacity and shorter response times while supporting uses ranging from self-driving cars to remote surgeries. Telecom companies and their suppliers consider it to be a multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity.

Intel has five 5G trials with global service providers and 15 more in the pipeline, Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said on a post-earnings conference call in July.

One such trial, with wireless carrier AT&T, involves a 5G broadband service that could be introduced as soon as late 2018.

Intel’s mobile trial equipment, which looks like a large box, handles the processing needs for a 5G connection. The updated version, slated for the fourth quarter, will support new 5G standards that the Third Generation Partnership Project, a telecom group known as 3GPP, is expected to release in late 2017.

As a result, the new platform will allow Intel’s partners to “really see what works and what doesn’t,” Rob Topol, general manager of 5G business and technology, said in an interview.

Intel participated in 3GPP’s working groups to develop the 5G standards, Topol said. 3GPP also developed current mobile phone standards for 4G LTE.

 

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Intel’s more than two decade reign as king of the silicon-based semiconductor ended Thursday when Samsung Electronics surpassed the US manufacturer to become the leading maker of the computer chips that are a 21st century staple much as oil was in the past.

Samsung reported record-high profit and sales in its earnings report for the April-June quarter, and while Intel’s reported earnings beat forecasts, the US company’s entire revenue was smaller than sales from Samsung’s chip division.

Samsung said its semiconductor business recorded 8 trillion ($7.2 billion) in operating income on revenue of KRW 17.6 trillion ($15.8 billion) in the quarter.

Intel said it earned $2.8 billion (roughly Rs. 17,960 crores) on sales of $14.8 billion (roughly Rs. 94,927 crores). Analysts had expected the US chipmaker to report $14.4 billion (roughly Rs. 92,359 crores) in quarterly revenue.

“Given Samsung’s strength today in flash memory, I am not surprised Samsung surpassed Intel in semiconductor revenue,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, adding that Intel may be able to catch up Samsung when Intel’s memory output is at full production capacity in about six months. “I think we will see a lot of back and forth between the two companies.”

On an annual basis, Samsung’s semiconductor division is widely expected to overtake Intel’s sales this year, analysts at brokerages and market research firms say.

Mobile devices and data are the keys to understanding Samsung’s ascent as the new industry leader, even as its de facto chief is jailed, battling corruption charges, and it recovers from the fiasco last year over the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

Manufacturers are packing more and more memory storage capacity into ever smaller mobile gadgets, as increased use of mobile applications, connected devices and cloud computing services drive up demand and consequently prices for memory chips, an area dominated by Samsung.

Just as Saudi Arabia dominates in oil output, Samsung leads in manufacturing the high-tech commodity of memory chips, which enable the world to store the data that fuels the digital economy.

“Data is the new crude oil,” said Marcello Ahn, a Seoul, South Korea-based fund manager at Quad Investment Management.

For over a decade, Samsung and Intel each ruled the market in its own category of semiconductor.

Intel, the dominant supplier of the processors that serve as brains for personal computers, has been the world’s largest semiconductor company by revenue since 1992 when it overtook Japan’s NEC.

Samsung is reaping the rewards of dominating in the memory chip market that is growing much faster than the market for computers that rely on processing units dominated by Intel, said Chung Chang Won, a senior analyst at Nomura Securities.

“Greater use of smartphones and tablet PCs instead of computers is driving the rise of companies like Samsung,” Chung said.

Since 2002, Samsung Electronics has been the largest supplier of memory chips, called DRAMs and NANDs. But for years demand for memory chips was vulnerable to boom-and-bust cycles depending on output and on demand from the consumer electronics industry. At times, competition was brutal as supply gluts arose.

That changed in 2012 when Japan’s Elpida filed for bankruptcy and was sold to Micron Technology, leaving only three major suppliers of DRAM, a type of memory chip used in servers, computers and handsets: Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron.

Tight supplies coupled with rock solid demand have pushed prices of memory chips higher, with average selling prices of DRAMs and flash memory chips doubling over the past year, bringing South Korea’s memory chip makers record wide profit margins. Both Samsung and SK Hynix are expected to report all-time high profits this year.

Amid this boom that analysts call a memory chip “super cycle,” global semiconductor revenue is forecast to jump 52 percent this year, reaching $400 billion (roughly Rs. 25,65,531 crores) for the first time, according to market research firm Gartner.

For the full year, Intel is expected to post $60 billion (roughly Rs. 3,84,829 crores) in annual sales, according to a market consensus polled by FactSet, a financial data provider. Samsung Electronics’ semiconductor business is expected to report KRW 71.9 trillion ($62.6 billion) in full-year revenues.

Looking ahead, Samsung and SK Hynix, which control more than three quarters of the global DRAM sales, are raising their spending on semiconductor capacity and development in anticipation of robust future demand. SK Hynix raised its capital spending to KRW 9.6 trillion ($8.6 billion) this year, up more than 50 percent from last year. Samsung has said it plans to spend $18 billion in the next four years to expand memory chip production capacity at its South Korean plants.

Not just tech companies but also transport, retail, tourism, food and other industries are seeking ways to better use or manage data, to gain insights on trends or customer preferences and otherwise make money from “big data.” The rising use of vehicle connectivity and the “internet of things” is expected to drive still further demand for the chips that have helped Samsung move ahead, at least for now.

 

 

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Intel has joined Team8, an Israeli creator of cyber-security startups, as a strategic partner and will help with the formation of companies that address the largest cyber-security problems, Team8 said on Wednesday.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, joins Team8’s syndicate members Microsoft, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, Citigroup, Accenture, Nokia, Bessemer Venture Partners and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.

Israel has some 450 cyber startups, which receive 20 percent of global investment in the sector. Although the need for security is growing quickly, the proliferation of start-ups means that several companies compete in every subsector.

Team8 has already launched two cyber companies, Claroty and Illusive Networks, and two others will follow suit soon.

Team8 co-founder and CEO Nadav Zafrir told Reuters that one company will move out of stealth mode in a few weeks while another will do the same in early 2018 without elaborating.

He noted that each of the syndicate members has a different perspective on cyber.

 

“Citi enables us to see the world from a financial standpoint. With Intel joining we will see the challenges going forward in cyber-security like computing, automotive, cloud, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things),” Zafrir said. “Together we can address the (cyber) problems before they emerge.”

Intel will also collaborate with Illusive, which catches attackers once they break into corporate networks using deception technologies, to help combat so-called advanced persistent threats (APTs).

The alliance between Illusive and Intel extends deception-based cyber security from software to hardware, Illusive said.

“Our collaboration with Illusive networks provides users with more effective defences against sophisticated APTs, in the early stage of the attack, that otherwise go undetected and pose a great threat to enterprises and individuals,” said Jacob Mendel, general manager of Intel’s platform security division.

 

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US-based Intel on Tuesday announced a deal to buy an artificial intelligence startup as the computer chip colossus looks to broaden its role in data centers and the expanding internet of things.

Intel did not disclose how much it is paying for Nervana Systems, but US media reports put the price at more than $350 million (roughly Rs. 2,333 crores).

“With this acquisition, Intel is formally committing to pushing the forefront of AI (artificial intelligence) technologies,” Nervana co-founder and chief executive Naveen Rao said in a blog post.

“We can now shatter the old paradigm and move into a new regime of computing.”

Founded two years ago in Southern California, Nervana has specialized in combining hardware and software to help machines think in ways similar to human brains, according to the companies.

Intel plans to put Nervana expertise to work in Xeon and Xeon Phi chips to better handle “deep learning” in the Internet cloud, Intel data center group executive vice president Diane Bryant said in an online post.

“While artificial intelligence is often equated with great science fiction, it isn’t relegated to novels and movies,” Bryant said.

 

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Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under its Surface brand. The new Surface AIO PC is expected be unveiled in the third quarter of 2016. The Redmond-based company is also expected to delay the launch of the second generation Surface Book to the first half of 2017.

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Digitimes reports that the second-generation Surface Book unveiling has been shifted from the second half of 2016 to first half 2017 due to delay in CPU shipments by Intel. Microsoft is therefore launching the Surface AIO PC as a consolation of sorts.

The report cites this information using anonymous industry sources who also claim that “the Surface AIO PC will have a strong impact on the global AIO PC market, which has been diminishing amid declining demand for PC products”. The Digitimes Research also sees global shipments of AIO PCs drop to 12.6 million units in 2016, as compared to 14 million last year.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced the launch of 1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 variants in 10 new markets. Interested buyers in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can now purchase the devices from Microsoft Stores, participating partner retailers, and authorised resellers. The Surface Book has not yet been launched in the Indian market.

Microsoft is also expected to launch the Windows 10 Anniversary update for all its device platforms on August 2. All those who have Windows 10 pre-installed will get the update for free, but those who have older versions, will have to pay $119 (around Rs. 8,000) to upgrade.

 

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India will not see any job cuts from Intel at the moment and the chip-making giant will only invest further in the country to support the “Digital India” initiative, a top Intel executive has said.

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“I hope the company grows in India and I suppose they are not making any job cuts here,” Thaine Creitz, director of consumer technical marketing at Intel, told IANS on the sidelines of the Intel technology and innovation tour India 2016 in New Delhi.

After announcing the departure of its two top executives last week, Intel was reportedly preparing to cut thousands of jobs across its business units by the year-end, media reports had said.

The cutbacks will reduce employment in some parts of the business by double-digit percentages. The planned downsizing could begin soon after Intel reports its first-quarter financial results on April 19, though sources say timing and specifics remain fluid, the reports said.

Creitz, however, said the number of retailers and opportunities is growing in India and personally, the company’s investment for India will grow exponentially in the near future.

Talking about more on job cuts, he told IANS: “I do not have any details which organisations would follow this procedure. Many of organisations have multiple sites so if we have people in California and China, replication of some job sites is possible. So the company is streamlining this.”

On a question of why two top executives quit Intel, he said the company is making an effort to have stability to executive staff. “What you are seeing is the opportunity to move on to new roles as we bring in some key executives,” Creitz added.

Intel has reportedly seen a decline in its personal computer market as people have started moving towards smartphones and wearables.

To counter this, in its technology and innovation tour India 2016, Intel showcased many devices from different brands, including Asus, Acer, Xiaomi, Dell, and HP, among others.

The main talk-point of the tour was to apprise people of the new capabilities that its recently launched 6th Generation processor series has.

The company displayed a number of devices, including notebooks, smartphones, tablets and convertibles that use Intel’s 6th Generation processors and work on both Windows and Android platforms.

Creitz also informed about how the new processors deliver better performance and graphics, extend battery life and increases the mobility with half the size and weight in its new devices being launched in the country.

With respect to Windows, he mentioned about the enhanced responsiveness with Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana, better gaming, security and accuracy with Windows Hello.

He talked about Intel Core processors for power and performance, Core M processors for mobile devices, and Atom processors for long lasting mobility.

Apart from this, Creitz shed light on new platform innovation such as Intel Optane technology for high performance, Thunderbolt 3.0 for lightning fast transfer of data – 40GB transferred in 30-odd seconds – and Intel Iris Graphics for better rendering of high resolution of games and 4K videos.

Answering whether these offerings in different products such as PCs and mobile devices are to cover up the revenue lost in the PC market, Creitz said that this is a very viable business and he tries to show people examples of new capabilities with PC specially with the new devices.

“The emergence of devices like wearables actually gives a platform to enjoy the experience. We are definitely branching out to launch very specific products like sensors in all kind of new markets. It is just that over time we will show growth,” he noted.

Talking about the launch of smartphones and wearables, he said data centres are also a valuable business for the company.

“You can see Intel being efficient – creating enthusiasm and new opportunities with the PCs and entirely new experiences like with drones and wearables,” Creitz told reporters.

 
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Andy Grove, the Silicon Valley elder statesman who made Intel into the world’s top chipmaker and helped usher in the personal computer age, died on Tuesday at age 79, Intel said.

The company did not describe the circumstances of his death but Grove, who endured the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War Two, living under a fake name, and came to the United States to escape the chaos of Soviet rule, had suffered from Parkinson’s.

Grove was Intel’s first hire after it was founded in 1968 and became the practical-minded member of a triumvirate that eventually led “Intel Inside” processors to be used in more than 80 percent of the world’s personal computers.

With his motto “only the paranoid survive,” which became the title of his best-selling management book, Grove championed an innovative environment within Intel that became a blueprint for successful California startups.

Grove, who was named man of the year by Time magazine in 1997, encouraged disagreement and insisted employees be vigilant of disruptions in industry and technology that could be major dangers – or opportunities – for Intel. In doing so, he could be mercurial and demanding with employees who he thought were not doing enough and in 1981 required the staff to work two extra hours a day with no extra pay.

Grove’s overhaul of Intel’s business – switching from digital memory to processors – was an early example of his obsession with detecting major shifts in business and technology and staying flexible enough to move quickly and make the most of them.

“It’s not that you shouldn’t plan but you should not regard your plans to be anything more than a baseline model of what might happen,” Grove said.

While Intel founders Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore proposed much of the chip technology that helped created the semiconductor industry, Grove was the stickler for detail who turned their ideas into actual products. He was responsible for driving growth in Intel’s profits and stock price through the 1980s and 1990s.

Nazis, communists
Grove, who was Jewish, was born Andras Grof in Budapest in 1936. Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in his youth, and after the Soviets followed, Grove sneaked into Austria in 1956 and then emigrated to the United States, where he learned English and earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Grove went to work in 1963 at Fairchild Semiconductor, where he researched technology that would eventually be used to make microchips. At Fairchild, he also met chip visionaries Noyce and Moore, who left to found Intel in 1968. Grove quickly joined them, running research and manufacturing.

He became Intel’s president in 1979, CEO in 1987 and chairman and CEO in 1997. He gave up his CEO title in 1998 and stayed on as chairman until 2004.

In its early years, Intel focused on making DRAM memory chips. When Japanese competition soared, Grove made the fateful decision to reinvent Intel as a manufacturer of microprocessors – the brains at the center of personal computers and other electronic devices.

As the personal computer industry took off in the 1980s, Intel supplied its processors to IBM and then to Compaq and other manufacturers making “IBM clone” PCs.

Intel’s chips, along with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, quickly became an industry standard in the exploding PC industry, with Grove funneling profits into research and development to create faster and faster processors. Under his stewardship, the Pentium brand and “Intel Inside” logo became widely recognized by consumers.

Intel remains one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies but the PC chipmaker is wrestling to adapt to trends toward smaller gadgets like smartphones and tablets.

Grove also was a champion of keeping manufacturing within the United States, arguing outsourcing the manufacturing of electronics products – like batteries or televisions – meant US companies missed out on gaining experience necessary to make technology breakthroughs.

Intel still makes most of its chips in US plants.

During his time at Intel in the 1990s Grove was treated for prostate cancer and later wrote an influential cover story in Fortune magazine, criticizing the medical establishment’s treatment of the disease as inefficient compared to scientific standards applied in semiconductor research.

In later life, Grove donated tens of millions of dollars for research on Parkinson’s disease, a condition he suffered from. He also regularly criticized government and medical researchers for making slow and inefficient progress beating that disease compared to accomplishments made in the chip industry.

Grove and his wife, Eva, who married a year after meeting while working at a resort in New Hampshire in 1957, had two daughters.

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Advanced Micro Devices forecast first-quarter revenue below analysts’ estimates, due to lower demand for its graphic chips used in consoles and an economic slowdown in China.

Shares of the company, which is in the process of selling some of its assets to cut costs, fell about 6 percent to $1.83 in extended trading.

AMD has been shifting to gaming consoles and low-power servers, but progress has lagged Wall Street expectations due to intense competition from Intel Corp and Nvidia Corp.

The company said a cautious macro environment in China would affect revenue in the first quarter.

“I think there is probably some downward expectations in here from China, but there is a possibility it could get worse,” FBR Capital Markets & Co analyst Christopher Rolland said.

China accounted for 42.2 percent of AMD’s revenue in 2014.

Intel has also warned of lower demand in China for the first quarter.

AMD’s revenue is expected to be lower in the first half of 2016 compared to the second half, based on the seasonality of the PC and game console businesses, Chief Executive Lisa Su said on a conference call.

The company forecast revenue for its first quarter to decrease 14 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, from the preceding quarter. This represents revenue of $799.2-$848.6 million, below analysts’ average estimate of $898.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

AMD said it expected 2016 revenue to grow year-over-year, as it gears up to ship its Polaris graphic processing units in the middle of the year.

The company also said it expected to return to non-GAAP operating profitability in the second half of the year.

The net loss narrowed to $102 million, or 13 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 26, from $364 million, or 47 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company lost 10 cents per share, in line with the average analysts’ estimate.

Revenue fell 22.7 percent to $958 million but still came above analysts’ expectation of $954.7 million.

Up to Tuesday’s close, AMD’s shares had fallen 13 percent in the past 12 months.

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We’ve been hearing about Google’s Project Tango for over a year now, and according to a report, it is finally coming to fruition, with a major PC manufacturer looking to use the technology.

Google and Lenovo have shared a teaser (via Android Headlines) for a Thursday announcement, with the words, “Mobile devices should see and navigate the world, the way we do. Join Lenovo & Google’s Project Tango for a special announcement…” According to a report by ComputerWorld, a product line using Project Tango is likely to be announced at CES 2016 by Lenovo, including a consumer-facing product.

To recall, Lenovo in late 2014 acquired Motorola Mobility from Google, though the Internet giant retained the mobile firm’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.

Not much is known about the Project Tango devices Lenovo reportedly intends to launch at CES 2016, but applications of machine vision in mobile devices can be expected.

Project Tango is an imaging technology that uses a combination of various sensors to “see” the environment around you and generate spatial awareness for your phone. Developed by a team led by former Kinect lead Johnny Lee, Tango was created by Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects group, and uses a number of different sensors on your phone or tablet to create a sophisticated picture of the world around it.

An infrared emitter and infrared camera act as a range-finder to measure the distance between your phone and various objects, allowing them to be mapped in three dimensions. A wide angle camera adds details about the location, and other phone sensors including accelerometers, gyroscopes, and barometers combine to help Tango calculate not just what is around your phone or tablet, but also the angle at which you are looking at an object, how far away it is, and what it looks like.

This level of detail is an incredible technical feat, and Tango could have many applications for users. And developers won’t have to work on it from the ground up, as Google has APIs to allow them to use data from Tango.

There are multiple APIs that developers can use, which could see Tango getting integrated into a wide variety of apps, just as other sensors on your phone get used in different ways. For one thing, you could now have apps that can easily measure the dimensions of an object – once you know an object’s distance from the camera, basic geometry can be used to figure out the rest.

Capturing 3D images using the depth sensor is another possibility – right now there are plenty of apps that allow you to take two images side by side with a slightly shifted perspective, but of course, that only provides the illusion of depth. Tango could make it possible to scan your entire room and have your furniture stand out in the virtual environment, leaving you free to roam around it.

Imagine combining that with a cheap headset like Google Cardboard to showcase homes to prospective buyers. Real estate companies in India are already doing this with 2D photos, and investing in expensive 3D photography solutions that can cost close to a lakh. Project Tango can bring the technology into the cellphone in your pocket, if it catches on.

The growing interest in Virtual Reality and Augmented reality shows just how Project Tango could mature. We already have apps such as “smart” books for children that come alive when viewed through a screen. This could become far more powerful with Project Tango, as you would be able to explore this virtual world and view it from different angles, using the other sensors on your phone as a guide.

Project Tango partners include Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Intel. Only MediaTek is missing from this list, and if the first few Tango devices can deliver on their promise, then that won’t be the case for long either. It’s very likely that in the next year or so, the technology behind Tango is going to become as common as having a gyroscope on your phone.

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Intel Corp., the world’s biggest chipmaker, said it appointed Murthy Renduchintala as a company president and gave him control of two of its biggest business divisions.

Renduchintala, who left Qualcomm Inc. after losing out in a leadership shakeup, will oversee a new unit including Intel’s personal-computer chip and Internet of Things divisions its biggest source of revenue and one of its fastest-growing businesses, respectively, the company said in a statement.

“The caliber of leadership and experience Murthy brings to our executive team represents a significant move toward delivering the benefits of our strategy even faster than before,” Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said in the statement.

While Intel and Qualcomm are leading producers of microprocessors, they have so far failed to encroach on each other’s turf. Intel has more than 80 percent of the market for chips that power PCs and all of the server market, but has racked up losses in a futile attempt to dent Qualcomm’s hold on the mobile phone processor business. For its part, Qualcomm has only just announced its first test chip for servers and hasn’t been able to find buyers for its designs for PCs.

Renduchintala was at Qualcomm for more than a decade and rose to be the co-head of its chip business. The company recently appointed Cristiano Amon to run that division.

“Murthy was offered another role within Qualcomm, but he chose to leave the company instead,” the San Diego-based chipmaker said in an email.

While Intel has led the chip market in processing performance and manufacturing, Qualcomm’s chip designers have delivered better systems on chips, semiconductors that combine the functions of several different devices into once piece of silicon. That type of chip, including communications, is increasingly taking over in mobile devices.

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