What’s New: The Intel Foundation will provide $4 million to support coronavirus relief efforts in communities where the company has significant presence. The foundation will also offer a special match opportunity for every regular full-time and part-time employee and U.S. retiree to a total of $2 million for relief efforts around major Intel sites.
The Intel Foundation is committed to improving lives around the world and supporting communities during global crises and natural disasters.
Who It Helps: The $4 million donation will be distributed to community foundations and organizations that are focused on food security, shelter, medical equipment and small-business support.
For the matching donations, Intel has identified strategic organizations unique to each major Intel site. Beneficiaries include food banks, school districts and children’s hospitals
– all groups focused on helping local communities manage the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Donation areas in the U.S. include Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas. Internationally, donation areas include Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico and Vietnam.
How Matching Donations Work: Donations from employees and U.S. retirees will be matched from March 26 to April 10, or until a total of $2 million is reached.
More Context: These efforts build on previously announced support including a donation of 1 million gloves, masks and other equipment to healthcare workers and a $1 million International Red Cross donation Intel committed to in January. Additionally, Intel is applying technology and expertise to help better understand and combat the virus. For example, Intel NUCs are helping in the coronavirus fight, and Intel and Lenovo have teamed up with Beijing-based BGI Genomics to accelerate the analysis of genomic characteristics of COVID-19.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Intel announced Monday that it will source and donate more than 1 million items of personal protective equipment – masks, gloves and other gear – to healthcare workers.
“We will donate masks, gloves, face shields and other gear that we have sourced from our factory stock and emergency supplies, and we’ll continue to look for additional sources of personal protective equipment that we can source and donate as quickly as possible to meet our commitment of more than a million items,” said Todd Brady, director of Global Public Affairs for Intel.
Intel leaders are working with local health authorities and government agencies around the world. In January, Intel announced a $1 million donation to the International Red Cross to support global relief efforts for the coronavirus outbreak. Where possible, current and future donations will be made through local health authorities that can determine the areas of greatest need.
“We are immensely grateful to the healthcare workers who are at the front lines of slowing this pandemic,” Brady said.
Just three weeks ago, we announced plans to take GTC online due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Since then, a small army of researchers, partners, customers and NVIDIA employees has worked remotely to produce GTC Digital, which kicks off this week.
GTC typically packs hundreds of hours of talks, presentations and conversations into a five-day event in San Jose.
Our goal with GTC Digital is to bring some of the best aspects of this event to a global audience, and make it accessible for months.
Hundreds of our speakers — among the most talented, experienced scientists and researchers in the world — agreed to participate. Apart from the instructor-led, hands-on workshops and training sessions, which require a nominal fee, we’re delighted to bring this content to the global community at no cost. And we’ve incorporated new platforms to facilitate interaction and engagement.
We provided refunds to those who purchased a GTC 2020 pass, and those tickets have been converted to GTC Digital passes. Passholders just need to log in with GTC 2020 credentials to get started. Anyone else can attend with free registration.
Most GTC Digital content is for a technical audience of data scientists, researchers and developers. But we also offer high-level talks and podcasts on various topics, including women in data science, AI for business and responsible AI.
What’s in Store at GTC Digital
The following activities will be virtual events that take place at a specific time (early registration recommended). Participants will be able to interact in real time with the presenters.
Seven full-day, instructor-led workshops, from March 25 to April 2, on data science, deep learning, CUDA, cybersecurity, AI for predictive maintenance, AI for anomaly detection, and autonomous vehicles. Each full-day workshop costs $79.
Fifteen 2-hour training sessions running April 6-10, on various topics, including autonomous vehicles, CUDA, conversational AI, data science, deep learning inference, intelligent video analytics, medical imaging, recommendation systems, deep learning training at scale, and using containers for HPC. Each two-hour instructor-led session costs $39.
Live Webinars: Seventeen 1-hour sessions, from March 24-April 8, on various topics, including data science, conversational AI, edge computing, deep learning, IVA, autonomous machines and more. Live webinars will be converted to on-demand content and posted within 48 hours. Free.
Connect with Experts: Thirty-eight 1-hour sessions, from March 25-April 10, where participants can chat one-on-one with NVIDIA experts to get answers in a virtual classroom. Topics include conversational AI, recommender systems, deep learning training and autonomous vehicle development. Free.
The following activities will be available on demand:
Recorded Talks: More than 150 recorded presentations with experts from leading companies around the world, speaking on a variety of topics such as computer vision, edge computing, conversational AI, data science, CUDA, graphics and ray tracing, medical imaging, virtualization, weather modeling and more. Free.
Tech Demos: We’ll feature amazing demo videos, narrated by experts, highlighting how NVIDIA GPUs are accelerating creative workflows, enabling analysis of massive datasets and helping advance research. Free.
AI Podcast: Several half-hour interviews with leaders across AI and accelerated computing will be posted over the next four weeks. Among them: Kathie Baxter, of Salesforce, on responsible AI; Stanford Professor Margot Gerritsen on women in data science and how data science intersects with AI; Ryan Coffee, of the SLAC National Accelerator Lab, on how deep learning is advancing physics research; and Richard Loft, of the National Center of Atmospheric Research, on how AI is helping scientists better model climate change. Free.
Posters: A virtual gallery of 140+ posters from researchers around the world showing how they are solving unique problems with GPUs. Registrants will be able to contact and share feedback with researchers. Free.
For the Einsteins and Da Vincis of Our Time
The world faces extraordinary challenges now, and the scientists, researchers and developers focused on solving them need extraordinary tools and technology. Our goal with GTC has always been to help the world’s leading developers — the Einsteins and Da Vincis of our time — solve difficult challenges with accelerated computing. And that’s still our goal with GTC Digital.
Whether you work for a small startup or a large enterprise, in the public or private sector, wherever you are, we encourage you to take part, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Over the phone, Andrew Bernas leaves the impression he’s a veteran Silicon Valley software engineer focused on worldwide social causes with a lot of heart.
He’s in fact a 16-year-old high school student, and he recently won first place in the AI for Social Good category of the NVIDIA-supported AI at the Edge Challenge.
At Hackster.io — an online community of developers and hobbyists — he and others began competing in October, building AI projects using the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit.
An Eagle Scout who leads conservation projects, he wanted to use AI to solve a big problem.
“I got the idea to use Jetson Nano processing power to compute a program to recognize handwritten and printed text to allow those who are visually impaired or disabled to have access to reading,” said Bernas, a junior at Palo Alto High School.
The number of people worldwide visually impaired — those with moderate to severe vision loss — is estimated to be 285 million, with 39 million of them blind, according to the World Health Organization.
His device, which can be seen in the video below, allows people to place books or handwritten text to be scanned by a camera and converted to voice.
“Part of the inspiration was for creating a solution for my grandmother and other people with vision loss,” said Bernas. “She’s very proud of me.”
DIY Jetson Education
Bernas enjoys do-it-yourself building. His living room stores some of the more than 20 radio-controlled planes and drones he has designed and built. He also competes in his school’s Science Olympiad team in electrical engineering, circuits, aeronautical and physics.
He plans to develop his text-to-voice prototype to include Hindi, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish. Meanwhile, he has his sights on AI for robotics and autonomy as a career path.
“Now that machine learning is so big, I’m planning to major in something engineering-related with programming and machine learning,” he said of his college plans.
It was a simple formula: Get a microphone, go to NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, interview as many people as possible about what they’re doing.
Year in and year out the result has been great conversations with some people using AI to taking on the greatest challenges of our time — from fusion energy research and astronomy to cybersecurity and transportation.
Those conversations won’t be happening face-to-face, but they’ll continue this year. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be releasing interviews with members of the GTC community about their work.
It’s just one facet of the premier deep learning and AI conference that you’ll be able to engage with, online.
You’ll be able to join live webinars, training and Connect with the Experts sessions starting Tuesday, March 24.
You can also choose from a library of talks, panels, research posters and demos that you can view on your own schedule, at your own pace.
Meanwhile, here’s a selection of some of the most interesting podcast interviews we’ve done at past GTCs.
How Deep Learning Can Accelerate the Quest for Cheap, Clean Fusion Energy
Clean, cheap fusion energy would change everything for the better. AI Podcast guest William Tang has spent a career at the forefront of that field, currently as principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He’s also one of the world’s foremost experts on how the science of fusion energy and high performance computing intersect. He talks about how new tools — deep learning and artificial intelligence — are being put to work to enable big-data-driven discovery in key scientific endeavors, such as the quest to deliver fusion energy.
Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online
The good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: they’ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle. To turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of these instruments into world-changing scientific discoveries, Brant Robertson, a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and an associate professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, is turning to AI.
How Airbus A³ Plans to Bring Autonomous Air Taxis to Urban Skies
With self-driving cars generating so much buzz, it’s hard to believe that a self-piloting air taxi is, err, flying under the radar. But not for long. Arne Stoschek, head of autonomous systems at Airbus A3 (pronounced “A-cubed”), the Silicon Valley-based advanced products and partnerships outpost of Airbus Group, discusses a plan to bring self-piloted air taxis to the Bay Area’s skies.
How Syed Ahmed Taught AI to Translate Sign Language
We all know how far AI, and in particular deep learning, have pushed speech recognition, whether that’s with Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Syed Ahmed is directing the power of AI toward another form of communication: American Sign Language. And what he’s done is set up a deep learning model that translates ASL into English.
Intel’s top priority in managing the coronavirus situation is protecting the health and well-being of employees while keeping the business running for our customers. Last week, Intel CFO George Davis addressed the topic at a Morgan Stanley conference, saying that although it remains a developing situation, the company continues to operate on a relatively normal basis around the world, including manufacturing-related operations in Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and California in the U.S., and in Ireland, Israel and China.
In a message to employees, Intel CEO Bob Swan acknowledged employee efforts to keep the business running for Intel customers, writing:
“We wouldn’t be able to manage this challenging situation effectively without the help of our entire Intel family. Thank you for supporting each other throughout the past few weeks and for being understanding of the unusual demands this situation has placed upon many of our sites and people. We will continue to put our employees’ welfare and customers’ needs front and center in all our decision-making. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. I am very proud of how we are living our One Intel values.”
The company has taken the following measures to care for its direct and indirect workforce and to ensure business continuity throughout the developing situation:
Work-from-home and social distancing policies: We have recommended our employees work-from-home, if their roles allow. In order to safeguard our manufacturing and other employees that will continue to work on-site, we have instituted social distancing policies. For example, we are reducing the seating capacity in cafeterias and limiting in-person meeting attendance. We first put these policies in place at our sites in China, and they have helped keep our employees safe and our operations running.
Keeping hourly workers whole: We are continuing to pay-in-full Intel’s hourly workers. For at least the next two months, this policy also extends to hourly workers employed by Intel service partners around the world, regardless of changes to service levels due to our remote-work and social distancing policies.
Benefits updates: Employees and contractors asked to work from home or self-quarantine due to travel restrictions will be paid their regular pay, and Intel will reimburse up to 15 days of care services for employees who need backup childcare and/or elder care in the case where there are school or care center closures or if an employee or family member is required to be self-quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Increased cleaning of Intel facilities: Intel offices will remain open to support the large number of Intel’s global workforce who work in labs and factories critical to so much of our world’s digital infrastructure. At Intel, maintaining clean and safe facilities is core to how we operate. As an extra precaution, we have contracted for additional and sustained several-times-daily cleaning of Intel facilities around the world.
In addition, Intel is applying its technology and expertise to help better understand and combat the virus. For example, Intel and Lenovo have teamed up with Beijing-based BGI Genomics to accelerate the analysis of genomic characteristics of COVID-19. Our combined work will further advance the capabilities of BGI’s sequencing tools to help scientists investigate transmission patterns of the virus and create better diagnostic methods. Intel will continue to look for opportunities to assist our partners and customers in this urgent and important work.
Intel’s Pandemic Leadership Team, in partnership with Intel’s Corporate Emergency Operations Center, is closely monitoring any changes in the global environment. This specialized team of medical, safety and operational experts was established more than 15 years ago to lead Intel through global health situations like the one we are navigating now. The team’s focus is to safeguard the well-being of employees and minimize the spread of infection by partnering with local governments and public health organizations and following their recommendations. In the past, the team has successfully helped Intel manage through global health issues such as bird flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika and H1N1 virus.
Intel will continue to evolve our response and keep our employees informed with their safety and well-being as the top priority.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Mar. 12, 2020 – Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share ($1.32 per share on an annual basis) on the company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on June 1, 2020, to stockholders of record on May 7, 2020.
Today, Intel recognizes 37 suppliers for their exceptional commitment to quality and performance in 2019. These suppliers have collaborated with Intel to implement innovative process improvements and operate with the highest level of integrity while providing superior products and services.
“At Intel, listening to our customers, suppliers and stakeholders is an integral part of our culture,” said Bob Swan, Intel’s chief executive officer. “Intel values the ecosystem partners who embrace a deep commitment to quality, role model affordability and drive innovation. I’m pleased to congratulate the winners of our quality awards. Thank you for enabling Intel to deliver solutions that unleash the potential of data and delight our customers.”
In 2019, Intel spent billions of dollars with nearly 16,000 suppliers from more than 20 countries. This vibrant and diverse supply chain helped Intel deliver products to 2,000 customers, resulting in nearly 2 billion units shipped.
“Congratulations to all award winners,” said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer and group president of the Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group. “Transformative innovations and consistent high performance across all aspects of the supply chain by these partners play a vital role in Intel’s success. Together, we advance Moore’s Law by providing differentiated enablement, delivering leading products and helping our customers succeed.”
“Today, we are recognizing a distinguished group of partners who share a relentless drive for excellence, a collaborative approach to innovation and an unwavering commitment to quality,” said Dr. Randhir Thakur, head of the Global Supply Chain at Intel. “These key partners are industry role models and consistently collaborate with Intel to grow and win together.”
Intel has three levels of supplier recognition: The Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award, the Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award and the Supplier Achievement Award (SAA). The awards are part of Intel’s SCQI program, which encourages Intel’s key suppliers to strive for best-in-class levels of excellence and continuous improvement. Through the SCQI program, the SAA and the Distinguished Performance designation also recognize supplier achievements in supplier diversity, cost, quality, sustainability, technology, innovation, availability and world-class safety program performance. Learn more about the quality expectations of Intel suppliers.
Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award (SCQI) winners:
DISCO Corporation (with Distinguished Performance in Safety): Cutting, grinding and polishing equipment, consumables and services
Fujimi Corporation: Innovative and enabling CMP slurry technologies
Securitas USA Inc.: Physical security services, security systems support and related services
Senju Metal Industry Co. Ltd.: Solder spheres, pastes and flux
Tokyo Electron Limited: Coater/developer, dry etch, wet etch, thermal processing, deposition, test and 3DI systems
Preferred Quality Supplier Award (PQS) winners:
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering: Semiconductors assembly, packaging and test services
Applied Materials Inc.: Materials engineering solutions, including equipment, integrated processes and services
Arvato Supply Chain Solutions: Value-added and forward logistics services
ASM International N.V.: Leading-edge semiconductor materials deposition technology solutions and support