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Ashton Kutcher Designs Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 2 Pro

Chinese device maker Lenovo launched the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro devices on Thursday. The tablets were developed jointly with Ashton Kutcher, who joined Lenovo as a product engineer a year ago. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with a built-in Pico projector, that lets users turn walls into an instant TV or movie screen. The tablet, running on Intel Atom, also features an 8 watt sound system with a subwoofer. The 13-in screen Yoga Tablet 2 Pro media tablet. also features a QHD 2560x1440 screen. As far as dimensions go, the tablets are 3.7mm thin and weighs 950 grams. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is available beginning at the end of October, with prices starting from $630.

Intel Snags Cisco’s Security And Govt. Group Head

Intel has appointed Christopher Young as the company's newest senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. Mr. Young will join the chipmaker's management committee and report to Intel president Renée James. Mr. Young comes to Intel from Cisco, where he was senior vice president of the global Security and Government Group, responsible for strategy, engineering and product development for the company's security product business. Prior to Cisco, he held executive roles in end user computing at VMware and cybersecurity at RSA. Mr. Young also co-founded and led Cyveillance and served as president and chief operating officer.  

Intel, Mitsubishi Collaborating On Factory Automation Systems

Intel and Mitsubishi Electric have inked a collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel’s backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia. The pilot demonstrates the benefits of IoT in a factory setting, by combining Intel IoT solutions with Mitsubishi Electric’s 'e-F@ctory' automation capabilities. Using an Intel Atom processor-based IoT gateway called the C Controller from Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ-Platform, Intel gathered and aggregated data for the analytics server. Data was then processed using Revolution R Enterprise software from Revolution Analytics, an analytics software solution that uses the open source R statistics language, which was hosted on Cloudera Enterprise. Intel says it realized a savings of$9 million over the course of the pilot.

Intel-GE Care Innovations Holds First Hackathon

Intel-GE Care Innovations, in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine, StartX, and Stanford Medical School hosted its first ever hackathon on the campus of Stanford University September 19-21. The event looked to create more effective and meaningful connections between patients, clinicians, and the data collected outside the walls of the clinical setting. Over the course of 48 hours, nine teams, comprised of computer programmers, developers, engineers, designers, clinicians, scientists, nurses, family caregivers, patients, and entrepreneurs, worked to develop and design innovative solutions to close the gap between patient consumers and their providers outside the walls of the hospital, and establishing connections that create lasting behavioral change and more informed clinical care. At the end of the hackathon, a panel of judges chose four winning teams, with the...

Dell Opens Internet Of Things Lab In California

Dell has opened an Internet of Things (IoT) Lab in the company's Silicon Valley Solution Center in Santa Clara, California.  The Dell IoT Lab will be jointly funded by Intel and Dell OEM Solutions, a member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. Dell and Intel customers will be able to build, modify and architect new IoT solutions on active bench space within the new lab, say the companies. Doug Davis (Vice president and general manager, Internet of Things Group, Intel): The Internet of Things will enable one of the most significant technological transformations in our lifetime. Earlier this year, Dell and Intel announced efforts to collaborate on IoT solutions for customer projects such as building automation for smart buildings. They are also both part of the Open...

Intel Buys Powerwave Patent Portfolio

Intel has signed a definitive agreement to buy over 1,400 patents and patent applications from an affiliate of the Gores Group, which obtained the patents in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of telecommunications infrastructure company Powerwave Technologies.

Intel Launches The Core M Mobile Processor

Intel launched its Core M processor on Friday.  The Core M processor can power razor-thin devices with Intel Core processor-level performance and deliver up to double the battery life when compared to a 4-year-old system, says the chipmaker. The new processor was purpose-built for fanless ultra-mobile devices. The Core M processor enables up to 50 percent faster compute performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance versus the comparable, previous 4th generation Intel Core processor, according to Intel.  The Core M processor can handle more than eight hours of video play. The processor package is 50 percent smaller and, at 4.5 watts, has 60 percent lower thermal power than the previous generation.  Intel Core M is a 'conflict-free' product, which means this product does not contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold) that...

Intel To Launch A Gem-Studded Smart Bracelet

Intel is all set to launch a gem-studded smart bracelet, in association with fashion house Opening Ceremony.   MICA, or 'My Intelligent Communication Accessory,' combines semi-precious gems and water snakeskin with communications capabilities and wireless charging support. MICA lets users stay connected via SMS messages. Meeting alerts, and general notifications can also be delivered directly to the wrist.  Intel says it will reveal addition MICA features later. The bracelets will be available in two styles, both with curved sapphire glass touchscreen displays. The models feature black watersnake skin, pearls from China, lapis stones from Madagascar, tiger’s eye from South Africa, and obsidian from Russia, says Intel. MICA will be available at Barneys and Opening Ceremony stores this holiday season.

Intel Unveils New Technologies For Foundry Customers

Intel has released two new technologies for its custom foundry customers. Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), available to 14nm foundry customers, enables a lower cost and simpler 2.5D packaging approach for high density interconnects between heterogeneous dies on a single package, says Intel. The chipmaker  also announced the availability of its High Density Modular Test (HDMT) platform. HDMT, a combination of hardware and software modules, is Intel's test technology platform that targets a range of products including server, client, system on chip, and Internet of Things. Until now, this capability was only available internally for Intel products. EMIB is available to foundry customers for product sampling in 2015 and HDMT is available immediately.

Intel Unveils Its First 8-Core Desktop Processor

Intel unveiled the company's first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named Haswell-E.  This is the chipmaker's first client processor supporting 16 computing threads, along with the X99 Chipset. Platforms based on the Intel X99 Chipset are also Thunderbolt-ready; When paired with a Thunderbolt 2 add-in card, this enables a 20 Gbps connection to the PC. Intel says it has been working with industry partners on the new platform, including key OEMs, memory vendors, motherboard vendors and graphics partners. Three new SKUs will be available next week ranging from six to eight cores and from $389 to $999.

Intel Launches SSD Pro 2500 Series

Intel has launched the SSD Pro 2500 Series, self-encrypting drives (SED) utilizing hardware-based 256-bit encryption. The drives also feature the Trusted Computing Group’s OPAL 2.0 standard and are Microsoft eDrive capable. The Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series will be available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors and in capacities ranging from 120GB to 480GB.

Intel To Manufacture Panasonic SOCs

Intel has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Panasonic, under the terms of which the company will manufacture Panasonic system-on-chips (SoCs) using its 14nm low-power manufacturing process. Intel's 14nm low-power process technology, which includes the second generation of Tri-Gate transistors, is optimized for low-power applications. Five other semiconductor companies have announced agreements with Intel’s custom foundry business, including Altera, Achronix Semiconductor, Tabula, Netronome and Microsemi.

Apple Launches Cheaper Entry Level IMacs

Apple introduced a $1,099 21.5-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new machines come in three flavors - the 1.4 GHz model, with turbo boost up to 2.7GHz, 8GB memory, 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 5000 ($1099);  the  2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, with turbo boost up to 3.2GHz, 8GB (two 4GB) memory, 1TB hard drive, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics ($1299), and the 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 model with turbo boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB (two 4GB) memory, 1TB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 1GB video memory ($1499). All the machines have two Thunderbolt ports and four USB 3.0 ports.  

Intel Launches In-Vehicle Solutions Platform

Intel has released a family of In-Vehicle Solutions hardware and software. The portfolio includes a range of compute modules, an integrated software stack of operating system plus middleware, and development kits. The chipmaker says it expects its standardized platform approach, based on integrated and validated hardware and software, to shorten infotainment development time by more than 12 months and reduce costs up to 50 percent. The first available products are designed for IVI systems with advanced driver assistance capabilities, with future products geared for advanced driving experiences, such as autonomous or self-driving cars, says Intel. The portfolio includes a hardened, application-ready, Linux-based hardware platform and a pre-integrated set of automotive middleware, that comprises features such as two-second fast boot, power management, persistency, connectivity, graphics, and audio/video functions. The software offers system...

Toshiba Launches $110 Android Tablet

Toshiba has launched Excite Go, a seven-inch tablet running Android 4.4, with prices starting from $109.99.  The Excite Go uses a quad-core Intel Atom processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. Other features include a  capacitive multi-touch 1024x600 display, a micro USB port, and a microSD card slot. The Excite Go comes in a gold finish, and weighs 12.5 ounces.  A single charge on the Excite Go provides up to 7.5 hours of general use or up to 6 hours of video playback.  The Excite Go will be available beginning in early July.