With Hopes of Helping Paralyzed Patients Regain Movement, Intel and Brown University Deploy AI

spine 2x1What’s New: Intel and Brown University today began work on a DARPA-funded Intelligent Spine Interface project that aims to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to restore movement and bladder control for patients paralyzed by severe spinal cord injuries.

“As a Ph.D. student at Brown, I investigated how to interface the brain with machines as an application. Now at Intel, we’re combining our AI expertise with Brown University’s cutting-edge medical research to help solve a critical medical problem: how to reconnect the brain and spine after a major spinal injury.“
–Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the AI Products Group

How It Works: During the two-year program, researchers will record motor and sensory signals from the spinal cord and use artificial neural networks to learn how to stimulate the post-injury site to communicate motor commands. Surgeons at Rhode Island Hospital near Brown University will implant electrode arrays on both ends of a patient’s injury site, creating an intelligent bypass to eventually allow the severed nerves to communicate in real time. Researchers will leverage both Intel AI open source software such as nGraph and Intel AI accelerator hardware to meet the real-time requirements of this application.

“A spinal cord injury is devastating, and little is known about how remaining circuits around the injury may be leveraged to support rehabilitation and restoration of lost function. Listening for the first time to the spinal circuits around the injury and then taking action in real time with Intel’s combined AI hardware and software solutions will uncover new knowledge about the spinal cord and accelerate innovation toward new therapies,” said David Borton, assistant professor of engineering, Brown University.

Why It Matters: The human body is unable to regenerate severed nerve fibers. In the case of a severe spinal injury, the brain’s electrical commands will no longer reach the muscles, which can lead to paralysis. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates there are 291,000 people with spinal cord injuries living in the United States, with more than 17,000 new cases each year. Over 30 percent of those spinal cord injuries result in complete tetraplegia or paraplegia.

More Context: Intel AI for Social Good | Artificial Intelligence at Intel

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Intel Bring Premium 4k Movies to PCs

sony-intel-logosAugust 30, 2016 – CULVER CITY, CA – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Intel Corporation today announced that ULTRA, SPHE’s 4K movie streaming service, will debut on computers powered by 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors beginning Q1 in 2017.

Coinciding with the expanded availability of the service, ULTRA will add new features like 48 hour rentals and free 10 minute previews, allowing customers to experience a sample of any film on the service in full 4k resolution before buying.

With its new 7th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel is bringing 4K content to mainstream PC users. This latest processor sets a higher bar for richer experiences and incredible performance and responsiveness, with long battery life and true 4K entertainment. More than 100 stunning new devices powered by 7th Gen Intel Core will be available this holiday season, and some will be available as early as September.

By leveraging new hardware security technologies in its processor, computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core will be the first PCs to provide secure access to premium 4K movies and television content through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s ULTRA 4K service.

ultra-sony-intel“More and more people are turning to their PC as their main movie viewing device. At the same time, studios like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are leading the way in producing beautiful 4K content,” said Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group. “The combination of the amazing technology in our 7th Gen Intel Core processors combined with the fantastic 4K titles on ULTRA means that anyone with these new computers will be immersed in a 4K viewing world.”

“Audiences have shown a strong and growing appetite for premium 4K content, and ULTRA takes advantage of the latest industry innovations – high dynamic range, digital movie extras, and now the 7th Gen Intel Core with Intel hardware security technologies – so viewers get the most out of their movie collections,” said Pete Wood, SPHE’s Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution.

ULTRA offers a variety of movies for purchase and streaming in 4K, many with Digital Extras, taking full advantage of the latest display technologies and interactive capabilities.

“By enhancing our ULTRA streaming service with the addition of rental and free preview options, and teaming with Intel to provide users greater access to their collections, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making ULTRA an even more flexible, user-friendly destination for consumers who demand a premium 4K viewing experience,” added Richard Berger, SPHE’s Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Strategy and Advanced Platforms.

ULTRA initially launched in early 2016 on Sony 4K Televisions. Films available on the service for purchase, rental, and streaming on ULTRA include new releases as well as a library of classic films. New releases are priced at $29.99 to own in 4K with HDR, and will be $7.99 for 48 hour rental. Library titles are priced at $25.99 to own.


Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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New 7th Gen Intel Core Processor: Built for the Immersive Internet


The way we interact and connect with each other has evolved. It’s richer and more immersive, as video has become an increasingly important medium we use to enhance our conversations. The emergence of 4K Ultra High-Definition, 360-degree video, and virtual reality has dramatically widened and deepened our vantage points.

These trends in how we consume and create content, in how we communicate and interact, reflect what we at Intel call the immersive internet. And the best way to take advantage of the immersive internet is on a computer with the performance to deliver a lifelike experience. People need the power to view, the power to create and the power to play – something that the PC is uniquely designed to do.

» 7th Gen Core press kit

To power these experiences, today I’m excited to unveil the new 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. Built for the immersive internet, this new generation of processors leverages our long-standing performance leadership and adds unmatched new media capabilities.

Our 7th Gen Intel Core processors show advances across the board:

Faster and more responsive: Intel’s engineering and manufacturing teams have drawn even more out of our 14nm process technology with what we call 14nm+. 7th Gen Intel Core delivers up to 12 percent faster productivity performance1 and up to 19 percent faster web performance2 over our previous generation from just a year ago.

7th Gen Intel Core processors are manufactured on silicon wafers at Intel production facilities. New 7th Gen Intel Core processors deliver richer experiences, incredible performance and responsiveness, and true ultra HD 4K entertainment in stunning new devices. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
7th Gen Intel Core processors are manufactured on silicon wafers at Intel production facilities. New 7th Gen Intel Core processors deliver richer experiences, incredible performance and responsiveness, and true ultra HD 4K entertainment in stunning new devices. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Access to premium 4K UHD content: With new computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core, TV and movie fans will have access to premium 4K UHD content streaming from studios like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and providers like Fandango. This is just the beginning as we see 4K UHD content go mainstream over time. We’re excited about some additional content announcements in the next few months, so stay tuned.

Opens a world of user-generated 4K UHD content: People can now view the 4K UHD content being shared on sites like YouTube and watch for longer on 7th Gen Intel Core based systems. But they also have the power to create, edit and share their own 4K UHD and 360-degree clips up to 15 times faster3 than on a 5-year-old PC thanks to the work we’ve done under the hood with our new media engine.

Gaming on the go: Gamers will see a threefold improvement in graphics4 compared to a 5-year-old PC, meaning you can play popular games like Overwatch™ anytime and anywhere on a thin, light laptop. And with Thunderbolt 3 support coming to more devices, gamers can use a single cord to plug in an external graphics dock and 4K UHD monitors for top-line gaming performance.

Navin Shenoy discusses the benefits of the 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor
Navin Shenoy discusses the benefits of the 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor

Powers the thinnest and lightest devices ever: Just compare what is available now to a 5-year-old PC, and it’s obvious how far we’ve come. Some of the new 7th Gen Intel Core PCs are thinner than a phone, with the full performance expected from a PC!

We are incredibly excited about the strong partnership with our OEM customers and expect more than 100 different 2 in 1s and laptops powered by 7th Gen Intel Core to be available starting in September through this holiday season.  We will share more on the rest of the 7th Gen Intel Core family for desktops and enterprise PCs early next year.

To say we are excited about our new 7th Gen Intel Core family is an understatement. I don’t think there has ever been a better time to check out what a new Intel-powered PC can do.


Navin Shenoy is corporate vice president and general manager for the Client Computing Group at Intel Corporation.


1As Measured by SYSmark* 2014 (Intel® Core™ i7-7500U vs. Intel® Core™ i7-6500U)

2As Measured by WebXPRT* 2015 (Intel® Core™ i7-7500U compared to Intel® Core™ i7-6500U)

3Based on MAGIX* Fastcut Video Create Workload (Intel® Core™ i5-7200U vs. Intel® Core™ i5-2467M)

4Based on 3DMark* Cloud Gate Graphics Score (Intel® Core™ i5-7200U vs. Intel® Core™ i5-2467M)

Overwatch is a trademark of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.

Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.  For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

Intel is a sponsor and member of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community, and was the major developer of the XPRT family of benchmarks. Principled Technologies is the publisher of the XPRT family of benchmarks. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases.

System Configurations:

7th Generation Measurements:

Intel® CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.1GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution:1920×1080. Intel HD, Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10 TH2

Intel® CRB, Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.5GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920×1080, Intel HD Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10 TH2

6th Generation Measurements:

Intel® CRB, Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.1, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution: 1920×1080. Graphics Driver: 15.40.4254, OS: Windows* 10 TH2

Refresh Comparison Measurements:

Intel® Core™ i5-2467M Processor (1.6 GHz base, up to 2.3GHz 2C4T, 17W TDP) measured on Dell* XPS13-40002sLV 13” Ultrabook, RAM: 4GB DDR3, Storage: 128GB SSD, Display: 13.3” 1366×768 resolution, Battery: 46WHr, OS: Windows* 7

Workload Descriptions:

SYSmark* 2014 is a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms.  SYSmark tests three usage scenarios:   Office Productivity, Media Creation and Data/Financial Analysis.  SYSmark contains real applications from Independent Software Vendors such as Microsoft* and Adobe*.  Reported metrics:  SYSmark 2014 Rating and a rating for each scenario result (higher is better for all).  Scaling efficiencies:  CPU dominant, sensitive to frequency, core count and memory.  QSV enabled.

WebXPRT* 2015 is a benchmark from Principled Technologies* that measures the performance of web applications using six usage scenarios:  Photo Enhancements, Organize Album, Local Notes, Stock Option Pricing, Sales Graphs, and Explore DNA Sequencing.  WebXPRT tests modern browser technologies such as HTML5 Canvas 2D, HTML5 Table, HTML5 Local Storage, as well as JavaScript*.  Reported metrics:  elapsed time in seconds (lower is better) for each scenario, plus an overall score (higher is better).  Scaling efficiencies:  CPU dominant (newer browsers are GPU accelerated), sensitive to frequency.  WebXPRT is very sensitive to browser type and version.  OS support:  Any OS that supports an HTML5 browser.

3DMark* is a benchmark from Futuremark* that measures DX* 9 / OpenGL* ES 2.0, DX 10 and DX 11 gaming performance.  There are three main tests:  “Ice Storm” for DX 9 / OpenGL ES 2.0, “Cloud Gate” for DX 10, “Sky Diver” for DX11 and “Fire Strike” for DX 11 graphics.  Reported metrics:  Graphics Score (GPU), Physics Score (CPU), Combined Score (GPU & CPU) and an overall 3DMark Score (higher is better for all Scores).  Scaling efficiencies:  Graphics tests are GPU dominant, sensitive to graphics and CPU frequency, core count and memory.  OS support:  Desktop Windows*, Android*, iOS* and Windows RT.

MAGIX Fastcut Video Create Workload: Using MAGIX* Fastcut – The workload video is a 9min 21sec, 3840×2106, ~59.9Mbps, 30fps, H.264, 3.89GB, .mp4 file. The “A Cold Place” template is applied and is exported using the UHD setting. The output video is a 38s, 3840×2160, ~59Mbps, H.264, .mp4 file.

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IDF 2016 – Top Activities You Shouldn’t Miss!

Intel is bringing leaders who are shaping the future of technology to speak directly to media and other participants at this year’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. They will hear from top executives at Intel, industry leaders and our developers on the future of key growth areas

Keep reading to find highlights of this year’s IDF that will offer access you don’t want to miss. Visit us at newsroom.intel.com/2016-idf for updates throughout the show. We look forward to seeing you there.



Brian Krzanich’s Opening Keynote

Intel’s CEO will showcase how the boundaries of computing are expanding as billions of smart and connected devices, new data-rich services and cloud apps fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT) increasingly bring new and exciting experiences to our lives. He will highlight how Intel and developers, makers and innovators can transform Intel technologies into the next generation of amazing experiences via autonomous driving, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 5G connectivity.

  • When: Tuesday, August 16, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Moscone West Convention Center, Level 3


Virtual Reality – Beyond Boundaries Where No Computer or Person Has Gone Before

Check out demos in the Technology Showcase on how virtual reality is bringing truly immersive experience. Intel vice president and general manager of the New Technology Group Perceptual Computing Group Achin Bhowmik will also share in a Technical Insights session on how Intel® RealSense™ technology is bringing human-like sensing to devices, enabling a new level of intelligence, interaction and immersion through a deep-dive tech insights session.

Technology Showcase

  • When: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 16 & 17, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday, August 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: Moscone West Convention Center, 1/F Technology Showcase

Technical Insights Session

  • When: Wednesday, August 17, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m
  • Where: NDSTI01 — Intel® RealSense™ Technology: Adding Human-like Sensing to Devices, Moscone West Convention Center, Level 2, Room 2016

Learn more »


Drone Challenge – Watch Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology Demonstrate Intelligent Obstacle Avoidance and “Follow Me” Features

Drone pilots will showcase intelligent obstacle avoidance and “follow me” features in the Yuneec Typhoon H with Intel RealSense technology in a drone cage atop a nearby building. Attendees can walk/run along with the drone as it successfully navigates typical park obstacles.

  • When: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 16 & 17, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Metreon, 4th floor

Learn more »


5G: A Transformative Force Across Industries

5G will be a massive transformative force across industries and businesses. It will usher in new services – such as the mobile Internet of Things, drone delivery, self-driving vehicles and virtual reality. During this technical session, Intel executives Asha Keddy and Sandra Rivera will discuss how 5G transformation is being enabled by service providers that incorporate new data-oriented network elements to create new revenue-generating services that broaden their ecosystem and value chain.

  • When: Tuesday, August 16, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
  • Where: R5GBI01 — 5G: A Transformative Force Across Industries – Business Insights, Moscone Center, Level 2, Room 2016

Learn more »


Advanced Analytics – Trends, Challenges, Opportunities

In this industry panel, you will hear from both data scientists and business experts about the opportunities and challenges for adopting advanced analytics such as big data and machine learning, with special focus on mainstream and novel use cases for applying analytics and machine learning to business, as well as top industry challenges that can be addressed by software developers in the analytics community.

  • When: Tuesday, August 16, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Moscone West Convention Center, Level 2, Room 2016

Learn more »




Murthy Renduchintala and Diane Bryant Keynotes

Dr. Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala will discuss innovations that will drive the next revolution in technology as we shift to a truly connected world such as pervasive computing, cloud-like capabilities for compute, analytics and storage, and connectivity as the lifeblood of the Internet of Things. Diane Bryant will share thoughts on the future of cloud computing, silicon photonics as well as the future of data with the artificial intelligence revolution expanding our insights.

  • When: Wednesday, August 17, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Moscone West Convention Center, Level 3




Future Proof FPGA – Experts Discuss How Programmable Logic Address the Demands of Smart & Connected Devices

The use of FPGAs for specialized computing is on the verge of a tremendous breakthrough, especially with the rapid growth in machine learning for big data analytics. Hear Intel’s vision for FPGAs at the Intel SoC FPGA Developer Forum (ISDF). ISDF provides embedded system designers insights into the tools and technologies available for FPGA-based system development.

  • When: Thursday, August 18
  • Where: Moscone West Convention Center, Level 2, Room 2016
  • Time: ISDF sessions start at 9:00 a.m. with CEO Brian Krzanich keynote at 11:00 a.m.


CONTACT: Krystal Temple, Intel Corporation

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Brian Krzanich: The Future of Autonomous Driving Starts Today

brian-krzanich_orig.jpgIntel is a company that powers the cloud and the billions of smart, connected computing devices that connect to it. As we continue our transformation to focus more deeply on the virtuous cycle that has emerged — the cloud and data center, the Internet of Things, accelerators like memory and FPGAs, all bound together by connectivity and enhanced by the economics of Moore’s Law — we are seeing more and more experiences that can be transformed by our technology.

The Internet of Things is a collection of smart devices that are connected to the cloud.  That connection to the cloud means that everything a “thing” does can be captured as a piece of data, measured in real-time and be accessible from everywhere. These connected things are becoming ubiquitous, transforming every experience in our lives. “Things” can be as small and simple as a connected watch or a smartphone.  Or they can be as large and complex as a car.

The driving experience is perfectly positioned for the next wave of technological innovation.  Today, driving can be frustrating: Think of the last time you were stuck in a traffic jam or lost on your way to a destination. Driving can also be dangerous. Every year, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. die from preventable automobile accidents1. More than 90 percent of all auto accidents are caused by human error2. An EU study reports that distracted and drowsy driving are responsible for 13 percent of traffic deaths each year3. These frustrations and dangers make the driving experience ripe for disruption and innovation.

Today is an important step in bringing our vision to reinvent the driving experience. To make this vision a reality, cars — and everything they connect to — will need super-powerful, secure and reliable electronic brains that make them smart enough to act like human drivers.

Cars are rapidly becoming some of the world’s most intelligent connected devices, using sensor technology and powerful processors to sense and continuously respond to their surroundings. Powering these cars requires a complex set of technology: sensors that pick up LIDAR, sonar, radar and optical signals; a sensor fusion hub that gathers millions of data points; a microprocessor that processes the data; and machine learning algorithms that require an enormous amount of computing power to make the data intelligent and useful. These technologies are complex because the decision-making connected cars must perform in busy urban environments is complex.

Put simply, the connected car must have the intelligence to quickly react to surprises and avoid accidents. This includes:

  • Evaluating the surrounding environment for reckless drivers or a road detour.
  • Quickly identifying options, such as swerving, braking, turning or, in the future, communicating directly with another driver’s car.
  • Making the right decision and acting on it.

Intel is uniquely positioned to bring the end-to-end capability and technology to the future of autonomous driving. Intel offers a broad set of assets to autonomous driving collaborations: in-vehicle computing; a robust cloud and set of machine-learning solutions; a high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity system; powerful memory and FPGA technology; human-machine interfaces; and safety and security technology. These are all technologies Intel is continually investing in to enable the future of autonomous driving.

We believe there is incredible opportunity to reinvent the driving experience. We believe it will take a global ecosystem for this vision to come to fruition. Today we are taking the first step in this reinvention as we announce our partnership with the BMW Group and Mobileye to power the next generation of BMW’s Highly Autonomous Driving and Fully Autonomous Driving products and the collective goal to establish an industry standard for defining an open platform for autonomous driving.

This collaboration marks a significant step for the automotive industry. Intel is bringing end-to-end computing technology to power the connected car from the door locks to the data center; Mobileye is bringing world-leading visual analytics; and BMW is providing the ultimate driving experience.

As Intel continues to invest in providing the world’s most advanced technology for autonomous driving, we believe this is first of many exciting collaborations and partnerships ahead.

The future of highly autonomous driving is promising, but there are significant challenges to solve worldwide. For example, how can you teach an autonomous car to react to unpredictable human drivers who might be drunk, texting or speeding? How and when will there be detailed, accurate maps of all the roads in the world? How do we make the world’s roadways smart so they can communicate with and warn cars about hazards and traffic?

These are challenges that the auto and tech industries and other experts are coming together to solve. It will take significant resources and our best engineering minds — and it will not be easy.

Solving big problems is what we do at Intel, and it’s what gets me excited. It will take the best engineering minds. We look forward to shaping the future of the connected car with the entire ecosystem.


Brian Krzanich is the chief executive officer of Intel Corporation.


1 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

2 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, at 25 (2008), http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/811059.pdf; [http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2013/12/human-error-cause-vehicle-crashes]

3 http://fanci-project.eu/autonomous-vehicles-changer/

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BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye Team Up to Bring Fully Autonomous Driving to Streets by 2021


  • Fleets of fully autonomous cars as basis for new mobility services in urban environments
  • BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are creating an open platform for the next generation of cars to create the safest autonomous platform, from door locks to the data center
  • The three companies share a common vision and goal, to align the industry on a standards-based platform to quickly bring autonomous vehicles to market

Munich – July 1, 2016.
BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts become a reality. The three leaders from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries are collaborating to bring solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production by 2021.

The future of automated driving promises to change lives and societies for the better. But the path to get to a fully autonomous world is complex and will require end-to-end solutions that integrate intelligence across the network, from door locks to the data center. Transportation providers of the future must harness rapidly evolving technologies, collaborate with totally new partners, and prepare for disruptive opportunities.

Together with Intel and Mobileye, the BMW Group will develop the necessary solutions and innovative systems for highly and fully automated driving to bring these technologies into series production by 2021. The BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for BMW Group’s autonomous driving strategy and set the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban environments for the purpose of automated ridesharing solutions.

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are convinced that automated driving technologies will make travel safer and easier. The goal of the collaboration is to develop future-proofed solutions that enable the drivers to not only take their hands off the steering wheel, but reach the so called “eyes off” (level 3) and ultimately the “mind off” (level 4) level transforming the driver’s in-car time into leisure or work time. This level of autonomy would enable the vehicle, on a technical level, to achieve the final stage of traveling “driver off” (level 5) without a human driver inside. This establishes the opportunity for self-driving fleets by 2021 and lays the foundation for entirely new business models in a connected, mobile world.

On July 1, 2016, the three partners were present at the BMW Group Headquarters in Munich to express their commitment to strive for an industry standard and define an open platform for autonomous driving. The common platform will address level 3 to level 5 automated driving and will be made available to multiple car vendors and other industries who could benefit from autonomous machines and deep machine learning.

The companies have agreed to a set of deliverables and milestones to deliver fully autonomous cars based on a common reference architecture. Near term, the companies will demonstrate an autonomous test drive with a highly automated driving (HAD) prototype. In 2017 the platform will extend to fleets with extended autonomous test drives.

“Today marks an important milestone for the automotive industry as we enter a world of new mobility. Together with BMW Group and Intel, Mobileye is laying the groundwork for the technology of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few years,” said Mobileye Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Professor Amnon Shashua.

“Mobileye is proud to contribute our expertise in sensing, localization and driver policy to enable fully autonomous driving in this cooperation. The processing of sensing, like our capabilities to understand the driving scene through a single camera already, will be deployed on Mobileye’s latest system-on-chip, the EyeQ®5, and the collaborative development of fusion algorithms will be deployed on Intel computing platforms. In addition, Mobileye Road Experience Management (REM) technology will provide real-time precise localization and model the driving scene to essentially support fully autonomous driving.”

Intel brings a comprehensive portfolio of technology to power and connect billions of smart and connected devices, including cars. To handle the complex workloads required for autonomous cars in urban environments Intel provides the compute power that scales from Intel® Atom™ to Intel® Xeon™ processors delivering up to a total of 100 teraflops of power efficient performance without having to rewrite code.

“Highly autonomous cars and everything they connect to will require powerful and reliable electronic brains to make them smart enough to navigate traffic and avoid accidents,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “This partnership between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will help us to quickly deliver on our vision to reinvent the driving experience. We bring a broad set of in-vehicle and cloud computing, connectivity, safety and security, and machine-learning assets to this collaboration enabling a truly end-to-end solution.”

With its Strategy Number ONE > NEXT, the BMW Group has developed its framework to remain the driving force behind premium individual mobility. This approach will become driving reality with the BMW iNEXT model in 2021, heralding a new era of mobility.

“At the BMW Group we always strive for technological leadership. This partnership underscores our Strategy Number ONE > NEXT to shape the individual mobility of the future,” stated Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “Following our investment in high-definition live map technology at HERE, the combined expertise of Intel, Mobileye and the BMW Group will deliver the next core building block to bring fully automated driving technology to the street. We have already showcased such groundbreaking solutions in our VISION NEXT 100 vehicle concepts. With this technological leap forward, we are offering our customers a whole new level of sheer driving pleasure whilst pioneering new concepts for premium mobility.”

Link to webcast: http://www.live.bmwgroup.com/2016pk/index.html
Link to photos: pressconference.bmwpictures.de

If you have any queries, please contact:

BMW Group Business and
Finance Communications

Nikolai Glies
Tel. +49 89 382 24544

Max-Morten Borgmann
Tel. +49 89 382 24118

Intel Corporation

Danielle Mann
Tel. +1 973-997-1154

Christoph von Schierstädt
Tel. +49 89 89899 7556

Mobileye N.V.

Dan Galves
Tel. +1 917 960 1525

Casey Stickles
Campaign Director
Tel. +1 (845) 235-2089


About BMW Group

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately € 9.22 billion on revenues amounting to € 92.18 billion. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

About Mobileye

Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY) is the global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving.  Our technology keeps passengers safer on the roads, reduces the risks of traffic accidents, saves lives and has the potential to revolutionize the driving experience by enabling autonomous driving.  Our proprietary software algorithms and EyeQ® chips perform detailed interpretations of the visual field in order to anticipate possible collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals, debris and other obstacles.  Mobileye’s products are also able to detect roadway markings such as lanes, road boundaries, barriers and similar items; identify and read traffic signs, directional signs and traffic lights; create a Roadbook™ of localized drivable paths and visual landmarks using REM™; and provide mapping for autonomous driving.  Our products are or will be integrated into car models from 25 global automakers.  Our products are also available in the aftermarket.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Intel Security Study Reveals Millennials Are More Likely to Unplug While on Vacation Than Gen X


  • Intel Security conducted a study to better understand consumers’ digital behaviors while traveling.
  • Survey revealed 49 percent of millennials are more willing to leave their smartphone at home while on vacation than those in their 40s and 50s.
  • Most vacationers will remain connected while traveling, and roughly 55 percent of respondents who planned to disconnect were unable to do so.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2016 – In preparation for summer travel season, Intel Security conducted a study, “Digital Detox: Unplugging on Summer Vacation,” to better understand the ways consumers stay digitally connected while traveling and ways they may unknowingly be putting their personal identity and devices at risk. Roughly 65 percent of U.S. respondents define being unplugged as having no internet usage at all, while half said being unplugged means they did not make any phone calls. The survey challenges a misconception in society that millennials would be the least likely to leave their devices behind on vacation – 49 percent of U.S. millennials actually admitted that they were willing to unplug on vacation, while only 37 percent of those respondents between 40-50 years of age would do so.

Summer vacation is full of distraction and opportunity, and savvy criminals have learned how to capitalize on these moments. Travelers can be targets for cybercriminals who count on human and device vulnerabilities to provide them with a point of access to consumers’ data and devices. They can gain access to sensitive information via unsecured smartphones, laptops and even wearables, while also collecting data from social channels.

“Consumers rely on technology to stay connected to their physical and digital worlds – whether at work, home or on vacation,” said Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at Intel Security. “People are often quick to use devices on vacation to access sensitive information without considering the potential risk. As a result, it’s crucial to impart safe digital habits to help consumers stay more secure when traveling.”

Consumers need to be vigilant and take precautionary security measures to prevent their personal information from being lost or stolen while on the road. Despite many respondents’ lack of success with unplugging, those who were able to unplug reaped major benefits.


  • More than half (55 percent) of U.S. participants who intended to unplug from their digital devices on vacation were unable to do so.
  • Sixty-five percent of U.S. survey participants claimed their vacation was more enjoyable after unplugging. They felt less stress and were able to better absorb their surroundings.
  • Roughly 88 percent of Americans admitted it did not stress them out to be unplugged from work and life back at home. And 51 percent of those who unplugged reported they connected better with travel partners because of unplugging.
  • American men are more willing to leave their phone at home while going on vacation. Roughly 47 percent of men said they would leave their phones behind, while only 37 percent of women said that they would.

 Work Timeout:

  • In an always-on world, it’s hard for people to unplug. In fact, 68 percent of U.S. participants reported checking their personal and work email at least once a day, every day while on vacation.
  • Americans are the least successful at abstaining from work emails (49 percent) while on vacation compared to Singaporeans (61 percent), Canadians (60 percent), Germans (59 percent), Mexicans (59 percent), the French (56 percent), the Dutch (54 percent), Brazilians (53 percent), and Spaniards (52 percent).

Tips to Minimize Your Travel Security Risks:

  • Create Social Walls: We know how boring waiting in airports can be and oftentimes this boredom can lead to posting updates from your mobile device. Whether it’s your location or that selfie where your hair looks just right, criminals are more able to monitor your whereabouts via social activity and take advantage of you when you have the weakest protection.
  • Be Careful When You Share: We love to share our experiences with friends and family via social media, but it’s important to not indicate publicly where or when you’ll be taking that relaxing vacation. Wait until you return home before posting all about it; otherwise, you could leave yourself open to would-be thieves who want to know when your home will be vacant.
  • Limit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Use: Data can be expensive, but switching on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when out and about can be a recipe for disaster. Connecting to unprotected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices can expose your personal information to a cybercriminal. You should be especially careful when exchanging payment information. With this in mind, make sure to update your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi history by removing previously “remembered” wireless networks, like “cafewifi.”
  • Check and Monitor Your Accounts: Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your bank account history. If you aren’t meticulous about monitoring your activity, a criminal could have access to your accounts for quite some time before you are aware.

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Study Methodology

In March 2016, Intel Security commissioned MSI International to conduct an online global study among 13,960 consumers between the ages of 21 to 54, evenly split by gender.

About Intel Security

Intel Security, with its McAfee product line, is dedicated to making the digital world safer and more secure for everyone. Intel Security is a division of Intel Corporation. Learn more at www.intelsecurity.com.


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The Era of 5G: The Machines Are Coming

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The definition of mobility is changing and broadening every day. Today’s mobile world was built for smartphones with voice and data in mind. In tomorrow’s world, nothing is mobile because everything is mobile. It will be a world built for connected cars, connected factories and connected drones, to name a few examples. The machines are coming and we are going to need the next era of wireless technology to bring new connections and unique capabilities to the connected world. That next era is 5G…

At Intel, we recognize that 5G is more than an evolutionary step forward for our industry. It encompasses many technologies and a much wider ecosystem than has ever been seen in the wireless and telecommunications industries. It’s an inflection point, a place in time where we will see and experience everything being smart and connected. But in order for billions of people and machines to be connected, we need smarter, faster and more efficient networks. The ability to connect to each other, to our machines and to the cloud, and to derive actionable insights from the massive amount of data, will bring new experiences to our daily lives and transform businesses. This is why Intel is focusing on three key areas: industry partnerships, end-to-end 5G-related hardware and software development, and supporting 5G standards-setting. We are pushing hard to create end-to-end solutions from the device to the network to the cloud. We are accelerating prototype solutions through efforts like Intel’s 5G mobile trial platform and are working with standards-setting bodies such as 3GPP and IEEE on defining the 5G standards to ensure a smooth path and entry to a faster and smarter pace of connectivity.

Connectivity binds together the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), all our devices, memory and FPGAs — all creating a virtuous cycle of growth that Brian Krzanich outlined a few weeks ago. Enabling smart, fast, efficient, and powerful connectivity to the expected 50 billion connected “things” will make our homes, our cities and our world smarter and our lives richer.  5G has the potential to deliver data hundreds of times faster than current wireless technology. But such potential can only be achieved when computing and communications converge, and this is where our industry must align.

Current and next wave connectivity technologies — LTE, millimeter wave, 5G modems, Wi-Fi, WiGig, Bluetooth, Ethernet, to name a few — are essential for this end-to-end pervasive connectivity across extremely diverse device and application needs, from multi-gigabit per second speeds to ultra-low latency.

One of the first steps is to start connecting the unconnected machines and “things.” This is an area I am incredibly passionate about, and I am excited about the connectivity solutions that Intel is delivering to ensure that a true IoT world becomes reality. Our customers are partnering closely with us on this, validating their modules that utilize our modems on carrier networks around the world. At Mobile World Congress, Intel and AT&T announced a collaboration to test and define airborne LTE requirements for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, and Intel also showed demonstrations of technologies such as Mobile Edge Computing, millimeter wave and NarrowBand IOT (NB-IOT). These are all important steps to bring connectivity to a variety of new IoT devices globally.

By the same token, we must architect modems, devices and networks to ensure that everything and anything that can compute and connect to the network actually will. Think about it this way — every device that connects to the network redefines connectivity and establishes a new point of convergence. With this in mind, we must redefine the meaning of the network. Every device becomes a node by default.

Such connectivity requires immediate analytics and response as well. Many people believe devices are simply dumb data sources, and that all analytics occur in the cloud. That’s not true. The fact is computing and analytics happen not only in the clouds, but also in the network and on our devices.  Computing does not happen in a vacuum, it is ubiquitous like connectivity.

To deliver 5G connectivity and intelligence we must work together. Industry partnerships are more critical than ever. No one company can move this technology forward alone. For me, that means collaborating with industry leaders from device and equipment manufacturers to network operators and service providers. It also means laying down a strong foundation for 5G right now, in areas like Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and NB-IOT.

We have been busy on those fronts. Intel showcased working demonstrations of NB-IOT technology with Ericsson and Nokia at Mobile World Congress; Intel, Orange and Ericsson conducted one of the world’s first extended coverage trials for IoT using EC-GSM-IoT; and during Computex this week, Intel announced a collaboration with Foxconn on the development of network infrastructure technologies, to help transform communications networks and lay the foundation for 5G.

With all of this progress, I am confident in Intel’s ability to deliver world-class products, end-to-end, from device to network to data center and cloud. As a company, we are excited to help lead the industry through this inflection point and let the machines finally come to life.

Aicha Evans is corporate vice president and general manager for Intel’s Communication and Devices Group.

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Intel-powered HP Chromebook Delivers Versatile Range

Premium HP Chromebook 13, designed with Google, and powered by the 6th generation Intel® Core™ m processorToday, HP Inc. unveiled its premium HP Chromebook 13, designed with Google, and powered by the 6th generation Intel® Core™ m processor. Measuring only 12.9 millimeters deep when closed and weighing 2.86 pounds, the Chromebook 13 offers simplicity and collaboration in a sleek package. By utilizing the 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor, users can work smarter, not harder, with twice the performance and battery life of leading premium tablets. The 6th generation Intel® Core™ m-series processors provide sophisticated support for multitasking and videoconferencing without lag, making it ideal for home or office. For information, read the blog from Intel’s Director of Business Client Marketing, Chad Constant.

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NVIDIA VR Ready Program Points Pros to a Great VR Experience

Virtual reality isn’t just at the heart of a new era of entertainment. It’s also for serious business.

That’s why we’re helping developers, businesses, OEMs and independent software vendors with our NVIDIA VR Ready program, which ensures they have the tools and technologies to create and enjoy the best possible professional VR experience.  

“Enterprise adoption will outpace consumer adoption for some time,” said Bill Briggs, chief technology officer for Deloitte Consulting, in a recent Tech Trends 2016 report spotlighting VR and augmented reality.

We’re working with top OEMs such as Dell, HP and Lenovo to offer NVIDIA VR Ready professional workstations. That means models like the HP Z240, Z640, and Z840, Dell Precision T5810,  T7810, and T7910, and the Lenovo P500, P710, and P900 all come with NVIDIA-recommended configurations that meet the minimum requirements for the highest performing VR experience.

Quadro professional GPUs power NVIDIA professional VR Ready systems. These systems put our VRWorks software development kit at the fingertips of VR headset and application developers. VRWorks offers exclusive tools and technologies — including Context Priority, Multi-res Shading, Warp & Blend, Synchronization, GPU Affinity and GPU Direct — so pro developers can create great VR experiences.

McCarthy Building Companies’ operating room
McCarthy Building Companies’ operating room

An Industry First for Mobile VR

We’re also enabling the industry’s first professional-class mobile workstation, which lets users take a great VR experience wherever they go.

The MSI WT72 is the first NVIDIA VR Ready professional laptop. It lets designers, engineers and others run VR-powered design reviews anywhere, improving product quality and speeding workflows. With it, companies can use immersive technology to train remote employees. And architects like those at McCarthy Building Companies Inc. can let customers visualize concepts and designs. They can even walk through complete virtual buildings.

“Providing customers with a high-fidelity VR experience during design review allows them to realistically visualize and make informed decisions, which can prevent costly design changes after construction has started,” said Alex Cunningham, VDC engineer at McCarthy Building Companies. “With NVIDIA Quadro driving VR at high frame rates, the VR Ready MSI laptop lets us bring virtual reality to our clients’ locations and communicate designs more effectively.”

NVIDIA GPUs are the keystone of VR because graphics requirements are so high. Head-mounted displays, for example, require 90 frames per second, with a display for each eye.

The MSI WT72 VR Ready laptop is the first to use our new Maxwell architecture-based Quadro M5500 GPU. With 2,048 CUDA cores, the Quadro M5500 is the world’s fastest mobile GPU. It’s also our first mobile GPU for NVIDIA VR Ready professional mobile workstations, optimized for VR performance with ultra-low latency.

MSI WT72 VR Ready laptop
MSI WT72 VR Ready laptop

“Wow…seriously impressive for such a compact package. I now have the freedom to setup shop to design VR experiences on the go,” says Drew Hunt, 3D Artist at HTC. “The NVIDIA Quadro M5500 coupled with the MSI WT72 notebook is the perfect combo to use HTC Vive at work and at home.”

With features like these, scientists, product designers, educators and filmmakers can use the MSI WT72 to tackle the most challenging visual computing tasks. Plus, it comes certified for Autodesk VRED to create amazing, immersive 3D design environments.

“We’ve certified the MSI professional ‘VR Ready’ laptop with the NVIDIA Quadro M5500 mobile GPU because it delivers an amazing Autodesk VRED VR experience wherever our customers need it,” said Lukas Faeth, product manager, Autodesk VRED.

Come see the latest VR technologies from our partners and professional applications developers — along with NVIDIA VR Ready Workstations and the MSI WT72 professional VR Ready laptop —at NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, April 4-7, at the San Jose Convention Center in Silicon Valley.


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