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Intel, ITRI announce research on super-fast memory (update)

2012/12/04 19:16:39

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Intel Labs, the primary research arm of U.S. chip maker Intel Corp., announced Tuesday an experimental memory array jointly developed with Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that will enable low energy and higher performance.

The super-fast memory array architecture will be used in future ultra-mobile devices such as ultrabook lightweight computers, tablet computers and smartphones, as well as large data centers using cloud computing technology.

"Taiwan has long been at the forefront of technology innovation and we look forward to continued research collaboration that sustains Taiwan's status as a major center of innovation for the global IT industry," Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner said at a news conference in Taipei.

By creating memory with the new architecture, devices will be able to achieve longer battery life, faster integration of mobile data and improved graphics with higher resolution, Rattner said.

Started in 2011, the research collaboration includes the creation of experimental memory arrays, prototyping and the development of model simulation software, he said.

The research is expected to begin testing on terminal devices in 2013, including handheld devices and super computers, Rattner said.

Wu Cheng-wen, vice president and general director of the ITRI's Information and Communications Research Laboratories, said the collaboration represents an effort to assist Taiwan-based foundries in meeting future market challenges.

The joint research project is likely to have a significant impact on the development of future memory products and high-end application processors, Wu said.

Additionally, the Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, a joint center established in 2011 by Intel Labs, National Taiwan University and the National Science Council for machine-to-machine computing research, has made great progress, Rattner said.

The center is working on research areas such as intelligent agriculture, remote healthcare management, in-home energy saving and intelligent transportation for greater safety, he said.

The Intel-NTU center also offers internship opportunities to 12 international students from countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Singapore, with another four Taiwanese students receiving internship at Intel Labs in the U.S., Rattner went on.

The Intel-NTU center is the chipmaker's first research center for machine-to-machine communication technology to promote knowledge innovation.

Intel has built its own worldwide university collaborative research network, including seven Intel science and technology centers in the U.S. and five collaborative research institutes in Europe and Asia, according to Intel Labs' website.

(By Jeffrey Wu)