Intel CEO Bob Swan sent the following memo to company employees in response to the recent senseless acts of racism and violence in the United States.
I’m writing to you to address recent events that have occurred here in the United States that are weighing heavily on so many of us over the past several days, weeks and months.
The senseless acts of racism and violence that recently took the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and threatened Christian Cooper are abhorrent and wrong. We stand with Ahmaud, Breonna, George, Christian, their families, their friends and their communities, and we call for an end to acts of racism, inequity and social injustice.
Black lives matter. Period. While racism can look very different around the world, one thing that does not look different is that racism of any kind will not be tolerated here at Intel or in our communities.
To our black employees and communities inside and outside Intel, I hear you and see you. You are hurting deeply. You are angry. You are tired. Barb Whye wrote about the pain many of you are feeling in a poignant note to her team titled “Where is the human in humanity?” When any part of our One Intel team is hurting, we all hurt. We stand with you and support you. Standing on the sidelines is not an option. My commitment to you is to open my mind and my heart to listen and act. I ask all of us to do this, together.
We can start by living more deeply into our values. Inclusion is one of the six values that shapes who we are and the culture we are creating at Intel. We strive to build a culture of belonging. We create a space where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential and deliver their best work. We welcome differences, knowing it makes us better. I challenge every one of us to ask ourselves the hard questions. Am I building an inclusive team? Am I making it possible for everyone to show up at work as their whole selves? Am I role-modeling humanity? What more can I do — especially right now?
Have empathy and compassion for one another and seek to understand. Inform your thinking with diverse points of view. For all the managers at Intel, let’s check in on our teams and have open conversations about what’s happening because we know what happens outside of work impacts the work we do inside.
More broadly, though, we have a greater responsibility to drive change in the world. That is why our 2030 corporate responsibility strategy and goals include a deep focus on diversity and inclusion, including working with other companies to accelerate adoption of inclusive business practices across industries by creating and implementing a global inclusion index open standard. At a time when some companies are disinvesting in diversity and inclusion, we are investing more because it matters.
It’s also why today Intel is pledging $1 million in support of efforts to address social injustice and anti-racism across various nonprofits and community organizations. I also encourage employees to consider donating to organizations focused on equity and social justice, including the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, all of which are eligible for Intel’s Donation Matching Program.
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this note because I’ve heard from many of you who are feeling deep pain and sadness right now. I know I speak for the leadership team, our board of directors and our employees around the globe when I say: We are here for you. Together we will get through this. Together we will change the world and enrich the lives of EVERY person on Earth.
In a Medium blog post, “The Challenge of Supporting AV at Scale,” Mobileye president and CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua explains why Mobileye is taking a redundant sensing approach to its autonomous vehicle (AV) system design and shows in an accompanying video how the company’s AVs can handle the challenge of driving in Jerusalem using only a camera-based sensing suite.
He writes: “The clip also provides an opportunity to articulate our approach to AV development, which as far as we know is unique and stands out among the various actors in the AV industry. The problem we aim to solve is scale. The true promise of AVs can only materialize at scale – first as a means for ride sharing via robo-shuttles and later as passenger cars offered to consumers. The challenges to support AVs at scale center around cost, proliferation of HD-maps and safety. The point I would like to make here: Safety must dictate the software and hardware architecture in ways that are not obvious.”
What’s New: Today Intel recognized the outstanding achievements of 30 partners with the distinction of Partner of the Year at its Intel Partner Connect 2020 virtual conference. The Partner of the Year awards honor Intel partners demonstrating excellence in technology innovation, go-to-market strategizing, sales growth and marketing.
“We appreciate each of our partners for their continued collaboration to bring new technologies to life for our customers. The shared results from 2019 demonstrate our strong partnerships and collective mission to bring innovative solutions to businesses and organizations across the world.”
– Greg Ernst, Intel vice president in the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of U.S. Sales
Why It’s Important: The title of Partner of the Year is awarded to companies achieving the highest standards of design, development, integration and technology deployment to accelerate innovation, growth and go-to-market strategies. They represent great examples of what’s possible when we, as an ecosystem, work together.
Partner Program Winners:
Accenture– Global Innovation Partner – Globally deploying innovative solutions across artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, blockchain and device-as-a-service leveraging Intel technologies: Intel® OpenVINO™, Intel® Arria® 10 FPGA, Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU, Intel® Connected Logistics platform and the Intel vPro® platform.
AIS– Growth – Continuously grew integration of Intel® NUC product to enhance video collaboration solutions in enterprise and education.
Colfax International– Go-to-Market – For successfully deploying Intel® Optane™ persistent memory DIMMS at launch and strategizing a cohesive pricing model.
Crystal Group– Growth – Delivered innovative, ruggedized systems tailored to specific customer needs for oil and gas, and power substation/micro grid market-ready solutions for Intel’s common substation platform.
Eluktronics– Innovation – Leading channel whitebook GTM strategy with SPG and executing TTM launch of Queen’s County, selling 1.2ku in first quarter.
IBuyPower– Go-to-Market – Set its sights on TAM expansion with Intel technology through a bold, creative and unique partnership with Toyota Racing Development. With this program, it unveiled a state-of-the-art gaming and training zone at Toyota Performance Center, remastered its Pro Series of workstation PCs for professionals, launched a series of TRD-approved systems for gamers, and broadcasted a video series designed to award-winning college students with gaming room makeovers, all with Intel branding and powered by Intel-based PCs.
Penguin Computing– Innovation – An innovative Linux solution for high-performance computing on-premise and in the cloud with Penguin Computing professional and managed services.
Razer– Growth – Razer saw exceptional growth in 2019, in part by bringing the latest Intel technologies to market, including Intel® Core™ i7 processors, Intel® Iris® Plus graphics, Thunderbolt™ 3 and Wi-Fi 6, to deliver high-performance thin-and-light gaming laptops.
Simply NUC– Go-to-Market – Dedicated to expanding the use cases of mini PCs into new growth segments such as digital signage, academic collaboration and AI. Simply NUC is your one-stop shop for systems, solutions and accessories.
Vast Data– Innovation – For close collaboration and partnership in creating Intel Optane technology-based storage solutions for new applications, such as analytics and AI, machine learning and deep learning. Uniquely integrated key Intel technologies to simplify the data center stack, eliminate storage complexity and tiers, and enable all-flash performance with archive economics.
CDW– Growth – Expanding Intel client, data center, storage and networking infrastructure solutions across over 150 countries.
Connection– Go-to-Market – For their dedication to selling devices consistently across SMB, public sector and enterprise segments.
Insight– Innovation – For simplifying complex solutions in emerging technologies like the internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning – including the Connected Platform for Detection and Prevention of the spread of viruses – to accelerate our clients’ time to value, drive efficiency in their workplaces and create positive customer experiences through partnerships and solution aggregation at scale.
Logicalis– Go-to-Market – Intel pre-validated, and pre-integrated IoT solutions across markets, such as asset management in healthcare, machine vision in industrial, and smart city applications.
Pivot– Go-to-Market – Edge secure connectivity, computing and collaboration solutions that continue to advance and scale Smart Edge’s software. Pivot signed a three-year preferred partnership agreement with Intel to continue investing in and drive the Intel® Smart Edge/Edge solution (branded Pivot Intelligent Edge) to market and support its future growth. Pivot has integrated Smart Edge to be a foundational component of Pivot’s Intelligent Edge Solution and Services that provide best-in-class secure connectivity across multiple wireless protocols (CBRS, LTE, Wifi, Lora, Zigbee, etc.).
Presidio– Growth – Deployed Intel-based solutions around HCI, SDS and Hybrid Cloud across its middle market, enterprise and government clients.
SHI International Corp.– Innovation – Leads the way with its cutting-edge Zero Touch, which streamlines configuration, deployment and management of Intel processor-based Win 10 client devices.
World Wide Technology– Growth – Designed, built, and deployed transformational solutions for multicloud, AI/analytics, IoT and 5G, supporting our largest enterprise, public sector, and service provider customers.
Zones– Innovation – For its leadership in solution development and deployment of the Intel Unite®
BCM– Highest IOT Growth at Associate/Affiliate Level – Provided medical equipment OEMs with a viable IoT data collection and aggregation device using Intel Core technology. Understands multiple vertical markets and embedded life cycle management, and reduces time to market with a quality product.
Crestron– Most Engaged Co-Marketing – The Creston Collaboration solution is an Intel® IoT Market Ready Solution built on Intel technologies (Intel Core i7, Movidius and Intel Arria FPGA). Creston engaged in a multifaceted Intel IoT Solutions Alliance co-marketing campaign (event, collateral, demos, digital), insight.tech content marketing platform, and the Intel® Solutions Marketplace to develop leads, accelerate its business and drive revenue and deployments.
Dell OEM – Largest IoT Co-sell Partner +Biggest IOT Growth Partner – Dell Technologies Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Embedded & Edge Solutions delivers customized infrastructure, services and a secure supply chain designed for your vision and business goals – all from one trusted, sustainable and secure vendor. Dell OEM offers solutions for IoT, communications, medical, retail and more than 40 additional verticals.
Noodle.ai– Most impactful MRS – Noodle.ai is a mature startup software company with deep heritage and expertise of AI/ML analytics for factory/industrial environments. With the support from Intel and Dell, Noodle.ai will continue to pioneer the Smart Factories initiative, as part of the Industry 4.0 rollout.
Synnex Corporation – Data Center Group Distributor of the Year – Grew its overall data center business with a companywide focus on growing this segment, which resulted in overall data center growth, and Intel adjacencies and Intel® Data Center Blocks.
Ingram Micro – Client Computing Group Distributor of the Year – Grew its client computing business through a sales and marketing strategy focused on growth areas, like solutions-based on Intel NUC products.
Arrow – Internet of Things Group Distributor of the Year – Drove an overall IoT silicon, systems, solution strategy that led to expanding its overall business and evolving its IoT go-to-market strategy.
ASI – Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group Distributor of the Year – Exceptional growth year-over-year through a very focused effort across the entire company.
Tech Data – Branded Systems Distributor of the Year – Strong growth results on both end-point products and data center through a variety of companywide initiatives.
Tech Data – Partner Enablement Distributor of the Year – Delivered innovative solutions to help its Intel partners grow their Intel business through Tech Data’s Propel ITP program.
Computech International – Channel Innovation Award – Brought Intel nonvolatile memory solutions to new markets, expanding Intel’s channel presence and customer base.
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Wi-Fi connectivity has become more essential than ever as we rely on it to work, teach, learn and stay connected to colleagues and loved ones. Fast, reliable and secure Wi-Fi connectivity is a necessity for keeping up as we add more connected devices and higher bandwidth applications for gaming, video streaming and content creation, as well as for processing increasingly larger file sizes.
Intel has been investing and contributing to the evolution of Wi-Fi for more than 20 years, and today we’re excited to announce another leap forward. We are acquiring Rivet Networks, a leader in software and cloud-based technologies for networking connectivity.
Rivet Networks is a terrific complement to our existing Wi-Fi products and helps us further our vision of delivering PC platforms that power every person’s greatest contribution. Rivet Networks’ products deliver speed, intelligence and control for gamers and performance users. Its products maximize Wi-Fi bandwidth utilization and optimize the wireless network connection on your platform. In addition, Rivet Networks’ products can also utilize the combination of Ethernet and Wi-Fi to prioritize traffic over both connections.
Its team will join our Wireless Solutions Group within the Client Computing Group. Rivet Networks’ key products, including its Killer brand, will integrate into Intel’s broader PC Wi-Fi portfolio. With the addition of Rivet Networks’ software, we will license its software to customers and develop new solutions for broader PC connectivity enhancement. With Rivet Networks’ and Intel’s leading Wi-Fi products, we can scale our PC Wi-Fi portfolio to better serve our customers, ecosystem and channel partners.
In addition to an expanding portfolio of Wi-Fi solutions for PC Platforms, we continue to advocate for Wi-Fi standards, contribute to the developer ecosystem and deliver new value for our PC OEM customers. More specifically:
Leading the development and testing of 801.11ax (Wi-Fi 6): Intel took a lead role in the industry to define and deliver Wi-Fi 6 to the market. Our products were ahead of the competition and were selected as the “test bed” for Wi-Fi 6 certification. We also delivered the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 client for PCs, delivering over 1.2 Gbps throughput. But even more important, Intel led the ecosystem in conducting interoperability testing with Cisco, Aruba, Broadcom, Qualcomm and Microsoft to ensure great user experiences in new Wi-Fi 6 and legacy network implementations.
Advocating for Wi-Fi Standards: We are strong advocates for Wi-Fi 6 and beyond, having worked closely with the FCC, ecosystem and standards bodies to ensure interoperability, to drive new and innovative capabilities into the standards, and to advocate for spectrum and certification policy issues. Most recently, the FCC opened 1200 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum to unlicensed Wi-Fi use, which will significantly improve Wi-Fi for all Americans. Opening this band will enable significant new capacity and ensure more opportunities for the Wi-Fi ecosystem that is relied on by millions of people and businesses.
Developing the Best PC and Connectivity Experiences:
Wi-Fi 6 Desktop Developer Kit: We launched an Intel Wi-Fi 6 Desktop developer kit to bring Gigabit+ wireless speeds to new and existing desktop PCs. The kit can be installed in less than 10 minutes and provides a max wireless speed of 2.4 Gbps, which is nearly three times faster than the standard AC 2×2 module with 80 MHz channels and 75 percent lower latency for gaming and video conferencing. It also allows for four times greater capacity of devices on a network. This kit was designed with DIYers and small- to medium-size businesses.
Project Athena: Project Athena is a multiyear innovation program designed to deliver a new class of advanced laptops. The program is rooted in user insights and real-life situations. Together with our OEM partners, we’ve leveraged these insights to build PCs that fit at least six criteria that enable the most seamless PC experiences. One of the central features of Project Athena is to create devices that include a fast and persistent connection with Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and optional Gigabit LTE. We have verified more than 40 devices that meet the Project Athena specification.
We are committed to enabling our customers to deliver the best PC experiences, especially when we have become more reliant on technology. We know how important connectivity is in enriching our lives. We will keep you updated on our progress and look forward to having the Rivet Networks team as part of the Intel family, developing technologies that matter to you.
Chris Walker is corporate vice president and general manager of the Mobile Client Platforms Group at Intel Corporation.
Walk into Intel’s Components Research (CR) labs in Oregon and you see an overhead sign: “This is where tomorrow begins.”
CR scientists and engineers invent and develop novel materials used in Intel microprocessors, system-on-chip products and 5G devices. They are always improving transistor and system performance and overcoming the problems of physics that arise as chips’ features shrink to the atomic scale. That often requires inventing exotic materials – creating new chemical compounds, in some cases – to build the extremely thin computer chip layers that are crafted one atom or molecule at a time.
“Our job is to invent, to demonstrate and to develop game-changing and revolutionary processing and packaging technologies to enable Intel’s process technology leadership,” said, Robert Chau, CR leader and Intel Senior Fellow.
As hospitals, governments, private firms and healthcare providers around the world battle the coronavirus, a collection of companies in which Intel Capital has invested – all of them small to medium-sized – offer products and services to help in the fight.
Intel Capital, the company’s venture capital firm and one of the world’s largest, estimates that it has invested more than $100 million in recent years in companies with technology-related solutions to help address the world’s most severe pandemic in more than a century.
Medical Informatics wrangles a flood of ICU data into a manageable view
Crowded beside a patient’s bed in a typical intensive care unit (ICU) is a constellation of medical technology: monitors, ventilators, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation devices, alarms and more. Each of these devices is spitting out critical patient info — in unconnected streams of data. That’s a problem.
An FDA-cleared software product called the Sickbay™ Clinical Surveillance and Analytics Platform solves this. It was created by Intel Capital-funded Medical Informatics Corp. (MIC), based in Houston. Sickbay™ gathers a patient’s key ICU data to provide single and multipatient near-real-time dashboards as well as full retrospective data views. The result: doctors, nurses and others can check on a critically ill patient’s well-being in a single glance – from afar. In this way, a single provider can keep eyes on up to 100 patients at once or create a personalized patient watchlist across units, facilities and vendors – and virtually from an office or home.
“Our virtual ICU” is based on the Sickbay platform, Dr. Roberta Schwartz with Houston Methodist Hospital recently told Becker’s Health IT. This means that “many of our providers can see the patients via virtual visits and not risk exposure in our ICU rooms,” she said.
Other hospitals across the country currently use Sickbay for flexible remote monitoring. The same hospitals are now leveraging Sickbay to rapidly scale bed capacity for COVID-19, extend staff capacity and protect providers from exposure. Sickbay unlocks data hospitals have never had access to before so they can use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to create their own analytics.
Under MIC’s Scale to Serve Program and as part of Intel’s $50 million Pandemic Response Technology Initiative (PRTI), Intel and MIC are talking to hospitals across the U.S. to enable them to quickly deploy Sickbay and protect their critical care providers. Intel is funding the implementation fees and MIC is waiving the software subscription licensing fees for the first 90 days for the first 100 hospitals that qualify for the Scale to Serve Program. (Learn more about applying on the Intel Newsroom.)
VeriSIM Life helps speeds drug development
In the search for new virus-fighting drugs or vaccines, Intel Capital-funded VeriSIM Life has developed a software platform that can help speed the discovery of new pharmaceuticals.
The system from the 2-year-old San Francisco-based biotech startup can model experimental test results of thousands of drug compounds in hours, speeding the time to when human trials can begin and new drugs can reach the market.
In a recent Medium post, VeriSIM Life writes that the company “utilizes computational methods which simulate human & animal physiological phenomena that quickly identify & prioritize the solutions that have the highest probability of preclinical & clinical success.”
VeriSIM Life’s approach to drug development largely replaces animal testing with biosimulation — an approach that draws on large existing datasets from prior animal and human research to help developers model how a new drug will likely interact with the human body.
Other Intel Capital-funded companies addressing the pandemic
Other Intel Capital-funded companies addressing the coronavirus pandemic include those with technology to help hospitals smartly route high volumes of patient calls, to deliver county-by-county level coronavirus contagion prediction and to help software developers quickly test new medical-related mobile apps.
This list shows Intel Capital firms with technology to help address the coronavirus pandemic.
Amenity Analytics develops cloud-based text analytics solutions using natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning. Founded in 2015, Amenity currently has more than 50 employees. It is headquartered in New York City and has an R&D office in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gartner named Amenity Analytics a 2018 “Cool Vendor” in AI for banking and financial services.
Using Amenity’s suite of NLP solutions, the company created a health epidemic tracker that analyzes earnings call transcripts to assess how public health outbreaks like the coronavirus epidemic can affect business operations and economic conditions.
Business metrics are notoriously hard to monitor because of their unique context and volatile nature. Anodot’s Business Monitoring platform uses machine learning to constantly analyze and correlate every business parameter, providing real-time alerts and forecasts, in their context.
Its patented technology is used by many Fortune 500 companies, from digital business to telecom. Anodot can reduce the time it takes for detection and resolution of revenue-critical issues by as much as 80%.
With the COVID-19 outbreak, Anodot is leveraging its platform to keep its employees and the public updated on the pandemic. It has created an online tracker that can monitor cases and also provide updates to users when a region’s case count has changed drastically.
Avaamo is a developer of an enterprise conversational artificial intelligence platform designed to reinvent the way people communicate, transact and work. The company’s platform combines artificial intelligence, machine learning, conversation design and integration with legacy enterprise workflows, enabling enterprises to simplify the time needed to design and deploy enterprise bots or virtual assistants to employees and customers.
Avaamo has deployed conversational AI for healthcare in the UCHealth healthcare system. Its platform can assist with the tools and platforms hospitals will need to quickly adapt to care for the higher volume of patients as a result of COVID-19. Its platform allows hospitals to respond to patient questions as well as community questions and needs (i.e., where to get tested, questions about symptoms).
Cloudleaf provides end-to-end solutions for supply chain visibility enabling real-time decisions. The company’s Digital Visibility Platform combines the power of the internet of things (IoT), AI/ML and cloud computing to address use cases such as asset tracking, cold chain management and condition monitoring. This enables visibility and analytics across multiparty supply chains from raw materials to manufacturing to finished product delivery and all the transportation steps in between.
Cloudleaf provides continuous visibility into the context, condition, timing and location of material and assets throughout the supply chain. For pharma products, products with cold chain compliance and high-urgency items where supply chain tracking is critical, Cloudleaf’s predictive capabilities, product tracking and alerts can help ensure supply chain performance.
DataRobot was founded in 2012 under the belief that artificial intelligence is the defining innovation of our time and will fundamentally reshape our future. Today, DataRobot is one of the leading platforms for enterprise AI, partnering with government, commercial and nonprofit organizations around the world to deliver value from data at scale. The DataRobot platform democratizes data science for all users with end-to-end automation for building, deploying and managing machine learning models.
DataRobot’s enterprise AI platform has developed models to predict which U.S. counties are likely to have their first confirmed COVID-19 cases in the next five days. DataRobot is providing its services pro bono to help with the response to the COVID-19 virus. DataRobot’s COVID-19 response program provides free access to DataRobot’s automated machine learning and Paxata data preparation solutions to those participating in the Kaggle competition sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for COVID-19-related research. The DataRobot enterprise AI platform can deliver production-ready machine learning models and enable customers to deploy, monitor and manage them at scale.
Duality is a developer of a data collaboration solution designed to protect privacy, intellectual property and regulation compliance. The company’s platform enables users to apply artificial intelligence and advanced analytics on sensitive digital assets without revealing the actual data, even when analyzed by partners and third parties. It provides data owners full control over the use of their data, enabling organizations to collaborate without compromising on security, privacy or trust.
With Duality SecurePlus™ Query, health authorities can perform effective contact tracing by querying third-party location data providers – like technology or telecommunications companies – to discover individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Because both the queries and the results are always encrypted, personally identifiable information of both sick and exposed individuals remain protected from view by location data providers. It can also prevent healthcare authorities from needing to be exposed to location information pertaining to non-infected and unexposed individuals.
EchoPixel combines augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence to help physicians simplify diagnosis and procedures by providing an interactive 3D holographic experience. When clinical teams work with patient-specific anatomy in an open 3D space, it gives them smart insights into a patient’s unique challenges and treatment opportunities. This enables them to achieve improved clinical outcomes and improved operational efficiency. The solution is deployed in over 30 hospitals worldwide.
EchoPixel’s technology has the potential to enhance the diagnostic process by facilitating understanding of the extent of lung damage related to COVID-19. Once lung damage is present, patients may need to undergo surgical procedures, such as VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) where True3D can help physician teams perform surgeries with less risk and a more predictable outcome.
Healx is an artificial intelligence-powered and patient-inspired technology company, accelerating the discovery and development of rare disease treatments. Its AI drug discovery platform leverages public and proprietary biomedical data, and features the world’s leading knowledge graph for rare diseases. Combining its technology with patient insights and drug discovery expertise, Healx is positioned to make a contribution to the global effort to combat COVID-19.
Combination therapies are particularly difficult to discover. To uncover potential combination
treatments for COVID-19 requires detailed analysis of the 8 million possible pairs and
10.5 billion drug triples stemming from the 4,000 approved drugs on the market. Healx’s AI platform, Healnet, overcomes this challenge by integrating and analyzing biomedical data from multiple sources to predict those combination therapies most likely to succeed in the clinic. Healnet is widely regarded as the world’s most efficient and comprehensive for rare diseases.
K4Connect is a mission-driven company creating solutions that serve older adults and those living with disabilities. The company’s solutions are built upon FusionOS (“the operating system for where you live”), a patented software and IoT integration platform employing an edge-cloud hybrid architecture designed to be open, modular and scalable. The company’s first solution, K4Community, is specifically designed for the residents, staff and operators of senior living communities. For residents, K4Community integrates the best in smart home products, connected wellness devices and social engagement technologies, while staff is able to monitor and manage these functions using K4Community’s next-generation enterprise management system. The company has also pre-announced plans to introduce the K4Community solution, K4HomeCare, for seniors living at home and their family caregivers.
K4Connect provides an integrated resident application and voice technologies that enable residents to communicate with family and friends via video conferencing, messaging and voice capabilities; staff and family to monitor that residents are safe by using in-residence sensors; residents to report health measurements using connected health devices; staff and residents to stay connected even when isolated; residents and families to view the latest updates including notices and community updates; and staff to monitor analytics that take data from sensors/devices and automate actions using machine learning techniques (recognizing patterns that might trigger wellness concerns). Compared to disparate applications and technologies and their siloed data, the K4Community system can wrap all these devices, technologies and services into a single system for the residents (app and voice), with the associated data and communication capability, all of which is visible to the staff via an integrated dashboard. As K4Community is a software “operating system” for the community, the company integrates the best in technology (devices, application, services, systems) from others. The company currently serves over 30,000 residents and is expanding rapidly as senior communities look to expand their use of technology.
Founded in 2010, Medical Informatics Corp. is setting a new standard of care founded on software-based patient monitoring, real-time predictive analytics and patient-centered healthcare. The company’s FDA-cleared Sickbay™️ clinical surveillance and analytics platform created for ICUs unlocks and processes all patient data that is currently thrown away, specifically, the 800,000 samples an hour of waveform monitoring data from disparate critical care bedside devices.
Medical Informatics Corp.’s platform assists with the tools and platforms hospitals will need to quickly care for and monitor the increased volumes of patients given COVID-19 (critical patient care, remote patient care). Its platform can unlock data for remote monitoring, waveform integration, predictive medicine and risk stratification. It is also an FDA-cleared software-based monitoring and analytics platform.
Mesmer, the leader in RPA in Development (RPAD), uses artificial intelligence-powered bots to speed up software development. Engineers offload time-consuming tasks to bots, starting with mobile app testing. Deep learning automation (DLA) enables bots to autonomously interact with mobile applications to find customer experience bugs. The result is faster releases, happier engineers and higher customer satisfaction. Mesmer is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Mesmer team expects a spike in usage of telemedicine apps, which historically have not been stress-tested. Teams will be under pressure to add new features and fix bugs, but may not have the time to add resources to the team. As a result, Mesmer announced that it would offer free mobile app customer experience testing to telehealth apps for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Mesmer’s software robots can help these teams deliver more features faster, and, more important, help them service at least 1 million patients remotely.
Reveal Biosciences is creating artificial intelligence technologies for the analysis of whole-slide pathology images that can increase accuracy, reproducibility and scale.
Reveal Biosciences’ platform can help in the analysis of biopsies by pathologists in a remote setting during the COVID -19 crisis. It can also aid in the quantitative analysis of pathology slides for COVID-19 therapies using repurposed molecules.
Sprinklr is the world’s leading Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform, providing enterprise software that helps organizations reach, engage and listen to customers across 36 modern social and messaging channels. Founded in 2009, the company has grown to 1,800 employees globally, supporting more than 1,000 of the world’s largest and most valuable brands – from Philips to McDonald’s to Microsoft.
When it became clear COVID-19 would impact every business, Sprinklr quickly made listening dashboards available to each of its customers, giving them a way to make sense of conversations taking place on social channels like Twitter. Sprinklr also adapted its existing capabilities for the public sector, working with the World Health Organization to power its COVID-19 dashboard and Messenger chatbot, as well as several U.S. states to help them understand the specific issues residents are talking about and grappling with (e.g., “can’t pay rent”, “can’t get tested”). Sprinklr is also guiding organizations as they transition from phone-based call centers to remote customer care centers – leveraging social and messaging channels to respond faster, deliver a better customer experience and reduce cost.
Synthego is a genome engineering company that enables the acceleration of life science research and development by leveraging machine learning, automation and gene editing to build platforms for science at scale.
The company recently launched multiple genome engineering tools that can enhance COVID-19 research and development effectiveness by providing scientists with agile CRISPR-based technology to enable more rapid research and development of COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccine.
VeriSIM Life is a developer of disease-specific simulation models that have the goal of replacing animal drug testing by using artificial intelligence. The company’s models use intelligence-driven biosystem simulations to truly personalize patient treatment, enabling pharmaceutical scientists to improve the accuracy and efficiency of drug development and make personalized healthcare a reality.
VeriSIM Life has a modeling platform to help pharma and biotech speed up and drive efficient pre-clinical testing without compromising on accuracy. This platform could be used to test safety and efficacy of vaccine or drugs (small molecule or antibody) development against COVID-19.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 14, 2020 – Today, Intel released its annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The report builds on Intel’s decades of transparency in corporate responsibility and details progress Intel has made in the past decade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore billions of gallons of water to local communities and achieve gender pay equity across its global workforce, among other milestones. The report also establishes a new 2030 strategy and goals for continued progress for the next decade – from achieving net positive water use, 100% green power and zero waste to landfills across Intel’s global manufacturing operations to doubling the number of women and underrepresented minorities in senior leadership roles and scaling the impact of its supply chain human rights programs.
For the first time, Intel has defined global challenges that expand its commitment in resources, expertise, global reach and influence beyond its own operations to address challenges that can only be solved by collaborating across major organizations, industries and countries.
“The world is facing challenges that we understand better each day as we collect and analyze more data, but they go unchecked without a collective response – from climate change to deep digital divides around the world to the current pandemic that has fundamentally changed all our lives,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “We can solve them, but only by working together.”
Intel committed to engage industries, governments and communities to tackle three specific global challenges over the next decade:
Revolutionize health and safety with technology
Intel will work with partners in healthcare, life sciences and government to apply technology in strategic manufacturing, transportation and healthcare initiatives, including accelerating cures for diseases and improving health. Its efforts will include the company’s recently announced Pandemic Response Technology Initiative, which applies cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance technology solutions to better diagnose, treat and cure COVID-19 and to help prepare for future pandemics.
Intel will lead a global coalition of industry leaders toward a common objective: The safety of autonomous vehicles should not be a point of differentiation but a shared goal. Through collaboration with industry and governments and development of new safety technologies and standards – such as Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) and the forthcoming IEEE 2846 – that will provide clear guidance on what it means for an autonomous vehicle to drive safely, we have the potential to save more lives with autonomous vehicles when compared to human drivers.
Make technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness
Intel will work with other companies to accelerate adoption of inclusive business practices across industries by creating and implementing a Global Inclusion Index open standard. Using common metrics, it will allow the industry to track progress in area such as achieving greater levels of women and minorities in senior and technical positions, accessible technology and equal pay. Intel has already been collaborating with Lenovo to convene CDIOs and HR professionals to drive industry transformation and stay at the forefront of this work.
Intel will partner with governments and communities to address the digital divide and expand access to technology skills needed for current and future jobs. An example is the Intel® AI For Youth program, which provides AI curriculum and resources to over 100,000 high school and vocational students in 10 countries and will continue to scale globally. By 2030, Intel plans to partner with governments in 30 countries and 30,000 institutions worldwide and is committed to empower more than 30 million people with AI skills training.
Achieve carbon-neutral computing to address climate change
Intel will work with PC manufacturers to create the most sustainable and energy-efficient PC in the world – one that eliminates carbon, water and waste in its design and use. Specifically, the company is exploring a sustainability roadmap that would include enabling sensor technology to reduce power usage, partnering with material vendors on recyclable packaging and developing longer-term, energy-efficient architectures.
Intel will collaborate with industry and policymakers to apply technology to reduce emissions across high-impact industries.
Technology is not just at the heart of breakthroughs. It plays a vital role in the global communities, governments and services that people depend on every day to solve current crises while proactively tackling future ones.
“Intel and many others in technology-driven industries see the opportunity to leverage our R&D, creativity, expertise and influence to collaborate on these critical issues and will become even stronger and more relevant as a result,” Swan said. “For Intel, it’s embedded in our purpose to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on Earth.”
With an expansive global reach, robust supply chain and strategic partnerships throughout the industry, Intel will leverage this unique mix of capabilities to tackle many of today’s problems and create the technology and partnerships that will be fundamental in rising to the challenges of tomorrow.
Intel’s latest Corporate Responsibility Report includes details of the new 2030 strategy and goals that will accelerate the adoption of responsible, inclusive and sustainable practices, enabled by Intel’s technology and the expertise and passion of its employees around the world.
To learn more about Intel’s Corporate Responsibility efforts read the newest CSR report.
In light of COVID-19, the need for corporations to take a collaborative approach to solve the world’s greatest challenges has never been more apparent. This is especially true for technology companies as data and information play a crucial role in helping to track, diagnose and treat this pandemic, and will continue to do so as we look to get ahead of future global challenges.
Intel has a long history of integrating corporate responsibility efforts into our operations, and it’s hard to believe that nearly 10 years have passed since we developed our 2020 corporate responsibility goals. I am pleased to share that we achieved nearly all of them. Our latest Corporate Responsibility Report details our efforts, but there are a few accomplishments I’d like to highlight:
Addressing climate change and sustainable water use are priorities for Intel given the energy and water intensity of semiconductor manufacturing. The United Nations reports that climate change is affecting every country on Earth — disrupting economies and changing weather patterns; and greenhouse gas emissions are at their highest levels. The UN also reports it is impacting our water, resulting in unpredictable supply, impaired quality and depleted sources. Some of the ways we have addressed climate change are by increasing our use of green power to 71% globally and reducing our direct carbon emissions by 39% on an intensity basis from a 2010 baseline. Since 2000, we have reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions 31% on an absolute basis1, even as we significantly expanded our manufacturing capacity. We also exceeded our goal to reduce our water use below 2010 levels on an intensity basis2, achieving a 38% decrease. In partnership with environmental nonprofit organizations, we restored 1 billion gallons of water to local watersheds.
Advancing inclusion is core to our culture and essential to innovation. A recent Gartner survey found that 85% of diversity and inclusion leaders cited organizational inclusion as the most important talent outcome of their efforts, yet only 57% of organizations are currently using that metric to track progress. We set ambitious 2020 goals and committed $300 million to accelerate progress at Intel and across the technology industry. We reached full representation3 in our U.S. workforce for women and underrepresented minorities two years ahead of schedule as well as global gender pay equity. We also met our goal to increase annual spending with diverse suppliers to $1 billion and reached 5 million women through our technology empowerment programs.
I am proud of what we accomplished, but the world has changed significantly since we set the original goals. We need integrated corporate responsibility strategies in which companies use collaborative models to drive increased value creation and societal impact. The current pandemic has brought these new approaches into sharper focus as the challenges we face are simply too complex to be solved by any single organization.
With this in mind, we launched an integrated approach to create our 2030 goals and strategy. In order to drive a companywide mindset for corporate responsibility, we are leveraging the expertise and skills of many employees across multiple departments and regions. We also integrated input from external stakeholders, including our customers, investors, suppliers and community members, to ensure partnership and collaboration are at the heart of our work.
The result is Intel’s new RISE strategy and 2030 goals. Through this strategy, we strive to create a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable future, enabled through our technology and the expertise and passion of our employees. We will extend our impact by partnering with others in the technology industry and beyond, including government, NGOs and policymakers, to tackle key global challenges. Our RISE strategy is:
Lead in advancing safety, wellness and responsible business practices across our global manufacturing operations, our value chain and beyond. One of our new goals in this area will scale our supply chain responsibility programs to 100% of our Tier 1 contracted suppliers and higher-risk Tier 2 suppliers, helping us to positively impact the lives of more people in the global supply chain. We will also work across our industry to leverage our best-known methods from our work on conflict minerals to extend responsible minerals sourcing across a wider range of materials to advance respect for human rights.
Inclusive. Advance diversity and inclusion across our global workforce and industry, and expand opportunities for others through technology inclusion and digital readiness initiatives. As we look to 2030, we will increase women in technical roles to 40% and double the number of women and underrepresented minorities in senior leadership. We will also collaborate with our industry to create and implement a Global Inclusion Index. The Index will provide common definitions and data to clearly identify root causes and actions needed to collectively advance progress and build the future pipeline of talent.
Sustainable. Be a global leader in sustainability and enable our customers and others to reduce their environmental impact through our actions and technology. With our new goals, we challenge ourselves to achieve net positive water use, 100% renewable power, zero total waste to landfills and additional absolute carbon emissions reductions, even as we grow. We will also launch collaborative initiatives to drive additional carbon emissions reductions and sustainable chemistry practices across our industry.
Today marks the beginning of a new era for corporate responsibility at Intel. We stand ready to work with others on our key global challenges to revolutionize how technology will improve health and safety, make technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness, and achieve carbon neutral computing. We’ll drive to even higher levels of integration and collaboration to build more value for our stakeholders and deliver on our purpose to create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on Earth.
What’s New: Intel today introduced its new 10th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro® processors, built to power the next generation of business computing innovation for the increasingly remote workforce. The new mobile and desktop PC processors deliver increased productivity improvements, connectivity, security features and remote manageability – all to empower IT to deliver amazing experiences, helping employees stay connected, more productive, more secure and in the flow with minimal interruptions.
“Built for business, the Intel vPro platform is a comprehensive PC foundation for performance, hardware-enhanced security, manageability and stability. With our new 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors, we’ve enhanced that solid PC foundation to help tackle not only today’s challenges, but also those of future work environments across the PC lifecycle.”
– Stephanie Hallford, Intel vice president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of Business Client Platforms
How it Enables the Modern Workforce: For more than a decade, the Intel vPro platform has empowered IT to help businesses, large and small, keep employees productive, help secure company assets and simplify fleet management. That dedication continues to expand through the latest Intel vPro® platform, powered by 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors, to deliver uncompromised productivity, hardware-based security features and a foundation for computing innovation.
Systems powered by the latest Intel vPro processors give workers the business-class performance and responsiveness they need to be productive, plus integrated Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity, which is the best Wi-Fi technology for video conferencing1; more reliable performance; and manageability technologies to address new and emerging challenges for IT and users. All of this can be delivered on a range of form factors: from sleek, powerful and modern devices based on Intel’s Project Athena innovation program to high-performing desktop designs.
“For more than a decade, Cisco and Intel have partnered to deliver an unrivaled wireless experience, helping to elevate Wi-Fi’s business relevance and impact,” said Matt MacPherson, Wireless CTO at Cisco. “This close partnership provides early and extensive testing that ensures, as new industry standards and innovations emerge, Cisco and Intel customers can quickly and confidently embrace the latest technology. We’re excited for customers to experience the more reliable connections, faster downloads and improved application performance of the new 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and Cisco’s latest Wi-Fi 6 certified access points.”
Improvements in this generation include:
Up to 40% better overall application performance compared with a 3-year-old laptop2.
Up to 36% better office productivity compared with a 3-year-old laptop3.
Analyze and visualize data up to 44% faster compared with a 5-year-old desktop4.
Nearly 3 times faster5 Gigabit speeds and improved performance in dense environments with integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) for the best Wi-Fi technology for video conferencing1.
Rapid responsiveness, worry-free battery life and instant resume with Project Athena-based laptops.
For Internet of Things (IoT) developers, 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processors and Intel® Xeon® W-1200E series based on the Intel vPro platform provide business-class performance, remote management and more – ideal for applications in retail, banking, hospitality, education, healthcare, manufacturing and more.
About Key Features and Capabilities: Additional new 10th Gen Intel Core vPro processor developments for enhanced security, lifecycle management and operational stability include:
A More Secure Foundation:
Intel Hardware Shield provides built-in hardware-enhanced security features to help prevent cyber-attacks – now with advanced threat detection and extended below-the-OS protection features to help safeguard system memory critical resources.
Intel Trusted Supply Chain helps enable the traceability and authenticity of PC components for greater peace of mind.
Modern Lifecycle Management:
Intel® Active Management Technology and Intel® Endpoint Management Assistance can help businesses save time and money on deskside support, PC maintenance and employee downtime with remote manageability of devices, whether on-premises or in the cloud.
PCs built with the new 10th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile and desktop processors are expected to be available from PC manufacturers over the next several months.
All information provided here is subject to change without notice. Contact your Intel representative to obtain the latest Intel product specifications, roadmaps, and related information.
Testing concluded May 4, 2020, and may not reflect all publicly available updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.
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Battery life may vary substantially by use, system configurations, and settings. Among other things, battery life depends on the size and age of your battery, what your power settings are, how bright your screen is, what applications you are running, and whether you are using wireless or Bluetooth functions while mobile. Battery life also depends on system design, including the memory, processor, and operating system installed on your computer, and how your use your computer (e.g., playing a game or watching a video online consumes more power than word processing). In addition, actual battery life may not match the theoretical battery life reported by a benchmark for other reasons as well. Benchmark testing is normally done on new computers with fully charged, properly conditioned batteries, yet batteries lose capacity over time and after repeated use.
1 As measured by by OTA (Over the Air) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) vs. Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) NB client Skype video conferencing test data, obtained in standard corporate IT 20 MHz and 40 MHz network deployment scenarios.
Wi-Fi networks consist of 8 NB clients with 7 clients generating 10-20 Mbps Wi-Fi traffic (using iChariot traffic simulator) while 1 client conducts a 5 min Skype video conference session with a 9th client connected via 10/100/1000 Ethernet to a local server. Skype data obtained via Skype reporting application.
Wi-Fi 6 performance benefits require use of similarly configured Wi-Fi 6 networking infrastructure (routers & APs) based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless standard specification.
Test data represents best case results through a controlled local network to show relative Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 technology differences. Actual real-world corporate results may vary and are expected to be higher due to 1) greater number of diverse clients, 2) higher network traffic levels, and 3) greater physical client distance from Skype server.
2 As measured by SYSmark 2018 Overall Score on pre-production 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10810U vs. 8/15/19 testing of 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7600U.
3 As measured by SYSmark 2018 Productivity Subtest Score on pre-production 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10810U vs. 8/15/19 testing of 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7600U.
4 As measured by MS PowerBI Workload on pre-production 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10700 vs. 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700. This workload measures the time it takes to change the data source for a Power BI Dashboard, and update the dashboard with the new data.
5 Nearly 3X Faster: 802.11ax 2×2 160 MHz enables 2402 Mbps maximum theoretical data rates, ~3X (2.8X) faster than standard 802.11ac 2×2 80 MHz (867 Mbps) as documented in IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers. Nearly 40% higher peak data rates” Intel® Wireless-AX claims are based on the comparison (39%) of the expected maximum theoretical data rates for dual spatial stream 802.11ax 80 MHz (1201 Mbps) vs. dual spatial stream 802.11ac 80 MHz (867 Mbps) Wi-Fi solutions as documented in IEEE 802.11ax draft 2.0 spec and IEEE 802.11 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers.
What’s New: Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization, announced today new investments totaling $132 million in 11 technology startups. These companies bring to market breakthrough innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous computing and chip design. The companies joining Intel Capital’s portfolio are Anodot, Astera Labs, Axonne, Hypersonix, KFBIO, Lilt, MemVerge, ProPlus Electronics, Retrace, Spectrum Materials and Xsight Labs.
“Intel Capital identifies and invests in disruptive startups that are working to improve the way we work and live. Each of our recent investments is pushing the boundaries in areas such as AI, data analytics, autonomous systems and semiconductor innovation. Intel Capital is excited to work with these companies as we jointly navigate the current world challenges and as we together drive sustainable, long-term growth.”
–Wendell Brooks, Intel senior vice president and president of Intel Capital
Intel Capital’s New Investments:
Anodot (Redwood City, Calif.) uses machine learning to drive the future of analytics — autonomous business monitoring. Fortune 500 companies across telco, finance and digital sectors rely on Anodot’s real-time, contextual alerts to catch the incidents that impact revenue and costs. Examples include drops in success rate, customer incidents, app performance and other business metrics. By helping business users find and fix incidents quickly, Anodot helps customers cut incident management by as much as 80%.
Astera Labs (Santa Clara, Calif.) is a fabless semiconductor company that develops purpose-built connectivity solutions for data-centric systems to remove performance bottlenecks in compute-intensive workloads such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company’s product portfolio includes system-aware semiconductor integrated circuits, boards and services to enable robust connectivity for PCI Express® (PCIe®) and Compute Express Link™ (CXL) solutions.
Axonne (Sunnyvale, Calif.) develops next-generation high-speed Ethernet network connectivity solutions for automobiles. Axonne’s solutions integrate systems in the connected car, such as autonomous driving sensors and displays with compute clusters. The company’s proprietary mixed signal circuits, algorithms and digital signal processing help with demanding applications, such as autonomous driving and infotainment, that require a high degree of functional safety, reliability, security and electric vehicle-friendly power efficiency. These solutions also help to ease the transition of in-vehicle legacy electrical/electronic architectures to scalable and adaptable service-based zones and beyond.
Hypersonix (San Jose, Calif.) is an AI-powered autonomous analytics platform designed for consumer industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality and ecommerce. Decision-makers need real-time actionable insights from disparate data sources, such as regional business performance or web traffic. Hypersonix’s platform empowers customers to make faster and smarter decisions that drive profitability, productivity and customer engagement through simple voice and text search, data visualization and interpretation.
KFBIO (Zhejiang, China) is a biotech company that builds digital pathology systems. Its pathology scanner improves on traditional microscopes with digital capabilities and connectivity. KFBIO’s medical image processing uses big data, cloud computing and AI to quickly and reliably scan and digitize images, making them easier to share for remote consultation with experts, and improve speed and accuracy of AI-aided pathologist diagnoses.
Lilt (San Francisco) aims to make the world’s information accessible to all with AI-powered language translation software and services. Traditional translation services can be time-consuming and costly – impeding companies from translating all the information that could be useful. Lilt’s software provides accurate, localized and cost-effective translation. Combining adaptive neural machine translation technology, a translation management system and professional translators, Lilt enables organizations to use language translation to scale their localization programs, accelerate go-to-market strategies and improve the global customer experience.
MemVerge (Milpitas, Calif.) is a software company founded on the vision that every application should run in memory. MemVerge’s Memory Machine™ software is the foundation for a new era of Big Memory computing, providing petabyte-size pools of shared persistent memory and powerful data services so that data-centric applications such as AI, machine learning, financial market data analytics and high-performance computing are easier to develop and deploy. MemVerge’s Big Memory software lowers the cost of memory, allows it to scale out and makes it highly available with memory data services such as ZeroIO™ snapshot, memory replication, and lightning-fast recovery.
ProPlus Electronics (Shandong, China) is an electronic design automation (“EDA”) company, specializing in advanced device modeling and fast circuit simulation solutions. ProPlus helps to close the divide between design and manufacturing with software that makes chip design faster and fabrication yields higher, allowing the semiconductor industry to create more powerful and diverse products.
Retrace (San Francisco) believes that smarter, more innovative use of dental data is essential for reducing the oral disease burden. Retrace applies artificial intelligence and other advanced technology in its predictive analytics platform that uses real-time data to improve dental decision-making. Retrace empowers health plans, providers, and patients to create a more cost-effective, evidence-based oral healthcare experience.
Spectrum Materials (Fujian, China) is a high-purity specialty gas and material supplier for semiconductor fabs. It has one of the largest germane production bases in Quanzhou, Fujian. Led by veteran industry experts, Spectrum Materials is dedicated to providing critical specialty gas and material solutions for advanced process node applications of multiple leading fabs around the world.
Xsight Labs (Kiryat Gat, Israel) develops innovative technology for accelerating next generation, cloud-based, data-intensive workloads such as machine learning, data analytics and disaggregated storage. In this data-centric era with exponential bandwidth growth, Xsight provides new chipset designs that enhance scalability, performance and efficiency.
Why It Is Important: Intel Capital continues to accelerate and develop technology and innovation that will enrich lives and how people work:
Intel Capital is on track to invest between $300 million and $500 million in technology companies in 2020, spanning technology domains in artificial intelligence, intelligent edge and network transformation. These technologies will bring broad transformations to industries such as healthcare, automotive and consumer goods. Intel Capital continues to partner with and add value to companies of all stages that make a difference.
Intel Capital believes a diverse workforce enhances innovation, and its investments reflect this. In 2019, Intel Capital made 32 percent of its new investments in startups led by women, underrepresented minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, entrepreneurs living with disabilities and/or veterans, up from 18 percent in 2018. In 2015, Intel Capital announced its goal to invest $125 million over five years in companies with diverse leadership. That goal was achieved two years early in 2018; as of the first quarter of 2020, Intel Capital reached a new milestone, surpassing $300 million invested since publicly announcing its initiative.
Intel Capital is committed to bringing resources and expertise to accelerate the work of these teams and the realization of potentially world-changing technologies. In 2019, Intel Capital invested $466 million in 36 new investments and 35 follow-on investments, led 72% of its deals and had 22 successful exits. It delivered active support to advise entrepreneurs to build successful and scalable businesses through mentorship, collaborative innovation, go-to-market strategies, company board membership and facilitation of more than 3,000 portfolio introductions to Global 2000 decision-makers.
Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, datacenter and cloud, 5G, next-generation compute and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US$12.9 billion in more than 1,582 companies worldwide, and 692 portfolio companies have gone public or participated in a merger. Intel Capital curates thousands of business development introductions each year between its portfolio companies and the Global 2000. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world’s most powerful venture capital firms, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.