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Intel Picks Up On Basis Deal For A Reported One Hundred Million Dollars!


Intel has won the Basis closeout, we’re hearing, at a cost of around $100 million as per one source. A second source pegs the arrangement at closer to $150 million.

Groundwork makes wristwatch health trackers, catching 7 percent of the business sector versus contender Jawbone’s 21 percent. As Intel was about the wearables not long from now at CES, we’re expecting that this purchase is an endeavor to further its decent footing (wristhold?) in the space.

Intel made a considerable measure of clamor with its own particular reference plans at the gathering, including a Siri-like Bluetooth headset named Jarvis and a keen chip it named Edison, which has horde connected utilization including sharp child apparel and even shrewd mugs.

Intel likely doesn’t have goals to contend in the customer electronic commercial center; the organization needs to offer chipset stages. Yet by getting Basis, it gets access to a group that has constructed a standout amongst the most capable and exhaustive wearables to date, which it then can set upon its own particular plans.

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Here’s something you didn’t expect from CES 2014. Way to go, Intel.


Oh CES. You wonderful curse, you. There’s no other event in the world that can collectively outdate every gift I received over Christmas quite like you. I’d scream, but I’m in too much awe of the future you paint. I can almost see the money disappearing from my checking account as you broadcast tomorrow’s technology: A 3D printer that makes sweets, a drone that I can personally own (take that, Amazon), even smart socks—yes, smart socks. And you’re laden with celebrities—like Katie Couric, Cecily Strong, and Sarah Silverman. Shoot, you even featured Michael Bay’s greatest explosion to date. The only thing missing? A little heart. But that’s no longer the case thanks to Intel.

A different kind of announcement.

On Tuesday, the world’s largest chipmaker made a pledge that most wouldn’t expect from an event like CES: All microprocessors shipped in 2014 will be conflict free. Translation? Intel will avoid sourcing materials for its factories from areas of the world plagued by human rights abuses and armed conflict. A key area is the Eastern Congo—a place that has endured nearly two decades of fighting between the government, rogue soldiers, and different ethnic groups.

The issue is a longstanding one, and has spread concern that foreign purchases of minerals from mines held by armed groups are fueling the conflict. Since most electronic devices contain either gold, tantalum, tin, or tungsten (it’s ok, I didn’t know that either), the industry has been heavily reliant on mining the area. In other words: Intel’s proclamation is a bold one.

“The minerals are important, our industry relies on them, but they’re not as important as the people mining them.” –Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO

Doing it the right way.

Now here’s the most commendable part: Instead of avoiding minerals from the region as a whole—which would have been the easy answer—the company implemented an audit of the entire supply chain. It’s taken Intel four years of work to define the specific sources in which these metals come from. And while the process was expensive in terms of travel and manpower, it’s had very little impact on product costs. The best part? It saved thousands of people the chance to earn a living.

A gold miner inspecting a rock in northeastern Congo (Reuters)

A new level of accountability.

Intel is the first major U.S. technology company to declare such a promise about its products. And they’re not stopping there. They’ve pledged to continue audits and resolve any future issues that are found. This effort entails mapping their supply chains from end to end, in order to create familiarity with the sourcing practices of all their suppliers. In doing so, CEO Brian Krzanich invited the entire industry to join in on the movement.

“As you begin to put these factories around the world, you begin to think about the impact on the supply chain and the potential issues you could be causing.”


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Meet Edison, Intel’s Tiny Plan To Power The Next Generation Of Wearables


Intel is thinking big by going small: The Edison, a full Linux computer built for wearables, is no bigger than an SD card.

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You thought the Raspberry Pi was small? Check out Intel’s latest entry in the micro-microcomputer sweepstakes—a full Linux computer called the Edison, which is no bigger than an SD card.

In addition to full Linux support and the dual-core x86-compatible Quark processor, the Edison features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, its own app store, and an on-board microcontroller to process data in real time.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off the Edison Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s the first product to use Intel’s latest Quark mobile-processor technology, the successor to the company’s Atom processors. Atom chips currently power low-end notebooks and some tablets and smartphones, though it’s long been overshadowed by fast, low-power ARM-based processors used in Apple’s iPhones and most major Android devices.

Quark chips are roughly one-fifth the size of their Atom predecessors and draw just one-tenth the power. Both Quark and Atom are technically “systems on a chip,” each a collection of computer components integrated onto a single sliver of silicon.

An ARM Race

The Edison is “aimed at developers,” according to Krzanich, as he believes the tiny computer can power the next-generation of wearable devices. This should be no surprise, as the Quark was likely inspired by the Cortex M-series processors designed by ARM, the company’s chief rival.

Unfortunately for Intel, ARM has enjoyed a big head start when it comes to its Cortex M chipsets. In fact, the first Cortex M was announced back in 2004, and the latest Cortex M chipset has already begun making its way into the next-generation of wearables, including Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch, which might explain the strategy behind creating the small, power-efficient Edison.

“Wearables are not everywhere today because they aren’t yet solving real problems and they aren’t yet integrated with our lifestyles,” Krzanich told the CES crowd. “We’re focused on addressing this engineering innovation challenge. Our goal is, if something computes and connects, it does it best with Intel inside.”

At Monday’s CES 2014 opening keynote, Intel showcased the Edison using the company’s new line of smart baby products labeled “Nursery 2.0,” all of which were powered by embedded Edison chips. The demo featured a toy frog that communicates a baby’s vitals to a parent’s LED coffee cup and a milk warmer that starts heating when a connected device—in this case, a baby’s “smart” onesie—hears the baby cry.

To get Edison into the hands of developers, Intel also announced a “Make It Wearable” competition, which will challenge developers to build wearable tech powered the Edison. The chipmaker didn’t announce full details of the competition on Monday, but said it would offer $1.3 million in prizes, including $500,000 for the first prize winner.

Intel didn’t have a specific release date for the Edison, but Krzanich said the microcomputer will be available this summer. It’s not at all clear whether Edison will get Intel into the wearables game in a serious way, but at least it shows Intel is serious about taking on ARM designs in new, rather than just established, markets.

Images courtesy of Intel

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Is Jarvis the next Google Glass…


Or does Intel want to be Her, the movie?

Have you seen the new Joaquin Phoenix flick, Her? Do you like where Google Glass is going? Then what do you think of Jarvis? Intels response to Glass.

Apparently, you wear this ear piece, it listens for commands, and responds. Would you want Jarvis in your ear or are they fighting a spaghetti battle with a wet noodle?

You tell me!

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Intel shows off gesture-control games on the PC


January 6, 2014 2:27 PM

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LAS VEGAS — Intel showed off new ways to control games on the PC with hand and finger gestures using its new RealSense 3D camera.

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An Intel gesture game that uses the RealSense 3D camera.

Intel showed the demos at a press event at the huge 2014 International CES, one of the world’s largest tech trade events. The demos were part of Intel’s initiative to create perceptual computing, or new ways to control the computer using natural interfaces such as touch, gestures, machine vision, and other modern tools.

“We bring together the real world with the virtual world,” said Mooly Eden, the senior vice president of perceptual computing at Intel. “We will make it more human-like. We have seen this in science fiction movies and books. We will finally remove the fiction from the science.”

Shunsuke Nakamura, a user interface designer and CEO of Shikumi Design, showed a music app that he created based on the RealSense camera. He moved his hands around to make musical sounds and mixed them into a kind of electronic concert in real time.

Video blogger and TV personality iJustine showed how you could do a Microsoft Skype call with the camera and quickly cut your image out and transpose a new background, such as the beach in Hawaii.

Intel showed entertainment apps like Clifford the Big Red Dog, which you use to interact with a book and its characters. You can play with characters using your hands and pretend to swim in an underwater coral reef. With a kind of augmented reality, you can then see yourself swimming in an animated world on the computer screen.

Intel also showed a gesture-controlled game called Hoplites, where you use your fingers to help animated soldiers jump over a gap from one cliff to another.

The recognition happened in real time, but the blending of animations and real-world images still needs a lot of work, since you can easily see the seams between the animations and reality.

The immediate reaction to the entertainment apps from analysts was mixed.

“It’s a little rough around the edges,” said Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.

“I think it shows a direction more than finished product,” said Nathan Brookwood, an analyst at Insight 64, a market analyst firm. “I was a little disappointed because a lot of things Intel showed are things Qualcomm has been showing for years.”

He added, “It was unusual as a presentation for intel because they talked so little about technology. I’m not sure this is the future of the PC.”

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Intel’s augmented reality app drew mixed reaction from analysts.

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Intel picks insider as CEO, dashing hopes for shakeup


(Reuters) – Intel Corp said on Thursday its board had elected Chief Operating Officer Brian Krzanich as the chipmaker’s next chief executive, disappointing investors who were looking for more aggressive change.

To match Interview INTEL/KRZANICH

Intel shares fell 1.3 percent in early trade but later traded flat. The world’s biggest chipmaker had said last November that it might go external for the next CEO, raising hopes that it might find someone to shake it out of recent doldrums.

“An external candidate might have been a better choice – with no negative reflection on Brian – simply because of the juncture Intel is at with what’s happening in the PC market and the need to take major action outside of PCs,” said Cody Acree, an analyst at Williams Financial Group.

“Brian may very well come in and make those same very difficult dramatic choices, but it’s less likely.”

Krzanich, 52, who has worked at Intel since 1982, will take on the top job at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on May 16, replacing Paul Otellini.

The board also elected Renée James, 48, to be president of Intel and is expected to expand to 10 members to add Krzanich.

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Intel announced in November that it was looking for a new CEO as Otellini announced plans to retire.

The company came under fire during Otellini’s tenure for missing out on the mobile revolution, insisting that emerging markets would prop up growth while underestimating the scale of the eventual drop-off in personal computer demand, and orchestrating a push on “Ultrabook” laptops that have so far failed to excite consumers.

Against that backdrop, Intel surprised investors by suggesting it could break with tradition and look outside its ranks for a new chief. But analysts said they were not necessarily shocked that the board settled on Krzanich.

“I’m not hugely surprised. He was probably in most investors’ minds a frontrunner,” said Stacy Ragson, an analyst at Bernstein Research.

“The strategy that they are on embarking on, the way they are trying to go really involves leveraging their manufacturing technology assets and he’s the guy.”

Last month, Intel warned that current-quarter revenue would fall as much as 8 percent, given the drop in PC sales. The company affirmed its full-year revenue growth target, but analysts think that forecast will be increasingly hard to hit.

Intel set Krzanich’s 2013 compensation package at $10 million including base pay of $1 million, an annual incentive cash target of $2.5 million and equity awards for 2013 with a grant date fair value of $6.5 million.

A chemical engineer by training who went to school in Northern California, he started with Intel in New Mexico as a process engineer before moving on to a series of factory management positions.

He holds one patent for semiconductor processing and sits on the board of an industry association.

Intel shares were down 2 cents at $23.97 on Thursday morning on the Nasdaq, off an earlier low at $23.67.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew and Liana B. Baker in New York and Noel Randewich in San Francisco; writing by Ben Berkowitz; editing by Alden Bentley and Matthew Lewis)

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Cheap #Intel #devices will run #Google, #Microsoft OSes, sources say


Really cheap Intel-based tablets and laptops will run Google and Microsoft operating systems, sources tell CNET.

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Some inexpensive Intel-based laptops and tablets will come with Google’s operating system, and others with Microsoft’s, according to sources and analysts.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini earlier this week said touch devices could debut at prices as low as $200, as CNET reported. But the cheapest devices may be based on a non-Windows operating system, according to sources — not necessarily Windows 8, as originally reported.

“There are design wins for Android tablets at that $200 price point. Intel will be participating in that market this year,” a source familiar with Intel’s plans told CNET.

A report in Digitimes on Friday said Intel is promoting “Android convertible notebooks” and that Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus will launch products in the coming months.

That said, IDC’s Bob O’Donnell told CNET on Friday that he has heard chatter about upcoming 7-inch Windows 8 tablets using Intel Atom processors priced as low as $299.

And IHS iSuppli’s Craig Stice doesn’t think $200 to $300 Windows 8 devices are out of the question.

“Spending [three times as much] on a PC vs. a $200 tablet is a big barrier that I feel has been a factor in the struggles the PC market endured the last year,” he said.

Stice continued. “If the PC industry can in fact get down to these $200 to $300 price points…they’re on a much more even playing field and demand can certainly be positively impacted,” he said in an e-mail.
Microsoft said Thursday that future small devices will be priced competitively.

“We are…working closely with [PC makers] on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows. These devices will have competitive price points, partly enabled by our latest OEM offerings designed specifically for these smaller devices, and will be available in the coming months,” Microsoft’s chief financial officer, Peter Klein, said during the company’s earnings call.

But even with Microsoft’s rumored discounts for Windows 8 licensing and Office software, a $200 Windows 8 device may be difficult to sell at a profit, said the source.

Those discounts are aimed at smaller-screen Windows 8 touch devices, according to another source familiar with device makers’ plans.

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