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Intel, NTU jointly establish M2M research center

2011/01/26 21:21:26

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp. said Wednesdayit has set up its first research center on machine-to-machine (M2M)communication technology at National Taiwan University to promoteknowledge innovation.

The Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, aimed atproviding end to end solutions for various kinds of devices, willreceive funding of up to NT$750 million (US$25.8 million) over thenext three to five years from three co-sponsors -- Intel, NTU and theNational Science Council.

The center, which will recruit 14-16 senior researchers fromIntel Labs in the United States, is expected to deliver breakthroughtechnologies to fuel Intel's growth as well as to increase the rateof M2M adoption across multiple vertical markets, said Vida IlderemBurger, vice president and director of Intel's integrated platformsresearch.

"This is Intel's first such center, and in the future probably itwill expand to China, " she said at a press conference. "It's a verybig topic and a very exciting area."

The center will take on research in four challenging areas --green sensing platform, autonomous reconfigurable connectivity,context analysis and management, and smart sensing and applications,said Intel Principal Engineer Chen Yen-kuang, who also is also deputydirector of the new center.

"We will not apply for patents for our research work at thecenter, therefore, other companies in the industry will be able usethem without having to pay license fees, " Chen said. "We hope ourresearch will be open and shared, which would transform it into aforce to improve the development of science in Taiwan."

(By Jeffrey Wu)