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Intel to open Project Athena lab in Taipei next month

2019/05/08 20:52:06

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Taipei, May 8 (CNA) American technology giant Intel said Wednesday that its open laboratory in Taipei will begin operations in June, as part of its efforts to help develop a new class of advanced laptops.

Athena Open Labs, as the project is called, is being established in three cities across the globe, including Taipei, to support performance and low-power optimization of vendor components for laptops built to specific designs.

The three Open Labs in Taipei, Shanghai, and Folsom in California will be staffed by teams of Intel engineers with expertise in the areas of system-on-chip (SOC) and platform power optimization, Intel said in a press release.

Each lab will be supported by experienced engineers to test, tune and provide recommendations for the improvement of power and performance capabilities across a broad range of laptop components and categories, Intel said.

"Project Athena Open Labs are a critical step in enabling more extensive, day-to-day collaboration with the components ecosystem to continuously raise the bar for innovation across the platform." Josh Newman, Intel vice president and general manager of PC Innovation Segments, Client Computing Group, was quoted as saying in the press release.

Intel's Project Athena, which was unveiled at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), aims to help bring to market a new class of advanced laptops with enhanced performance, battery life and connectivity, the company said.

Earlier this week, more than 500 stakeholders in the PC ecosystem gathered in Taiwan for a Project Athena Ecosystem symposium in preparation for the first wave of designs.

Co-engineered with partners across the ecosystem, the first Project Athena devices will be available in the second half of 2019, Intel said.

The open labs are a preparatory step in the process of launching a new wave of Project Athena designs in 2020 and beyond, the company said.

The labs will allow independent hardware vendors to submit parts for compliance assessment, while Intel's original equipment manufacturer partners will also have the right to nominate component vendors for participation, according to the press release.

(By Wu Chia-hao and Emerson Lim)
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