Chip Shot: 400+ Audience Members on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Receive Ultrabooks

Earlier this week, the entire studio audience of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" received 13.3" Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook devices as part of the show's 12 Days of Giveaways promotion. Ultra-responsive and ultra-sleek Intel-inspired Ultrabooks are powered by Intel Core processors in a design that's less than an inch thick and wakes up in a flash. Ultrabooks allow users to experience the powerful performance that keeps up with them while creating, exploring and enjoying, all at mainstream price points. For folks who were not lucky enough to be in "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" audience, they can get their own Intel-inspired Ultrabook and a $100 gift card with purchase at Walmart (offer available in store and online for a limited time). For more information on Intel-inspired Ultrabooks, please visit the Intel Newsroom and also check out the list of other holiday deals on Intel-based devices.

Chip Shot: What’s both 100 watts AND sub 1 watt?

Answer: Intel's 22nm SoC! Check out part II of Industry Analyst Dan Hutcheson's video interview with Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr for more on how Intel's Tri-Gate transistors are well-suited for meeting the needs of low power SoCs for everything from 100 watt servers to sub-1 watt cell phones. Yes, Intel designed those fins with rounded top corners on purpose. Yes, Intel's Tri-Gate transistors can do multiple Vts. And yes, they can do analog!

Chip Shot: Intel Kicks off $1 Million Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge

Developers can now enter the Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge, a $1 million developer contest that runs throughout 2013. The Challenge has two phases, both promoting development of gaming, productivity, multi-modal, and creative UI  applications using the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK and Creative* Interactive Gesture Camera. A total of $185,000 in cash prizes are at stake in Phase 1, with $20,000 each going to the top four application prototypes. Winners will be announced in March 2013 and Phase 2 of the Challenge follows with over $800,000 in total prizes. Developers are encouraged to learn more about this exciting technology, download the SDK, and participate in both phases of the Challenge. Enter today!

Chip Shot: This Season, Get Angrier with the Whole Angry Birds Family

Relive the adventures of your favorite birds and troublesome pigs with the latest Angry Birds apps from the Intel AppUp® center. Be their only hope in Angry Birds Space by helping them travel to new planets with zero gravity and float to battle super space pigs. In their most epic quest yet, the rebel birds take on the evil Pigtroopers to restore freedom to the galaxy in Angry Birds Star Wars. Now, in a new twist, venture into the minds of the egg-stealing pigs in Bad Piggies by creating the ultimate flying machine and steering them safely to the prized possession.

Chip Shot: Intel and DoSomething.org Want Grandparents to Get Connected

Did you know that in the United States, 47 percent of grandparents aren't online? Intel has partnered with DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change, to help increase that number and get more seniors connected. Called "Grandparents Gone Wired", the program encourages young people to teach older adults how to use technology, in turn helping them connect with their family and friends. Virtual video comedian, YouTube personality and star of MTV's "Awkward" iJustine is helping Intel and DoSomething.org spread the word. Participants can share stories to win a $5,000 scholarship, a new Intel Ultrabook™ or an Intel-based tablet. All the details can be found at http://www.dosomething.org/grandparents.

Chip Shot: Intel Lab’s Vision on The Future of Work

Intel Lab’s researchers explore how global environmental factors, including the explosion in world population combined with technological innovation will changing the ways we work in the future. A replay of a recent Intel Labs webcast is available as well as additional materials including infographic, whitepaper, presentation and blog on this research.

Chip Shot: How a Great Company Approaches Innovation

How does Intel approach innovation? By ALWAYS inventing something new. Mark Bohr, Senior Intel Fellow & Intel "Rock Star" was just interviewed by Industry Analyst Dan Hutcheson on this topic. The bottom line? We take ‘crazy’ ideas and turn them into reality a couple of decades later. View the video for highlights of how Intel overcame the challenges on the road to developing Intel's Tri-Gate transistors and how Moore's Law drives Intel innovation.

Chip Shot: Green Data Centers: Why They Matter

Did you know that improving processing technology in data centers can result in a 60 percent increase in computer efficiency? With more data shared every day, data centers have an increasingly important job. Large companies, including Intel, are exploring innovative ways to absorb this growth while remaining environmentally conscious. Check out this infographic and blog post from Intel’s Lorie Wigle, general manager of eco-technology, to learn more about the significance of green data centers.

Chip Shot: Media Webcast – Intel’s Vision on The Future of Work

On Friday, December 14th at 9 a.m. PT, Intel’s technology strategist Tim Hansen and chief evangelist Steve Brown will host a Webcast to discuss what the future definition of employment will be in 2025. They will explore how global environmental factors, including the explosion in world population combined with technological innovation, are changing the ways we work. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Media please register here: http://intelstudios.edgesuite.net/121214_FWW.

NVIDIA Receives DARPA Contract Worth up to $20 Million for High-Performance Embedded Processor Research

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 12, 2012) - NVIDIA has been awarded a contract worth up to $20 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to research embedded processor technologies that could lead to dramatic improvements in the ability of autonomous vehicles to collect and process data from on-board sensors.