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For over two decades, researchers at Intel Labs have been producing groundbreaking technologies that enrich everyday life and reinvent the ways that people experience computing. Our approach is unique among corporate research labs in that we balance an open academic model with an effective process for turning research results into product development. This approach, combines researchers from anthropology, digital humanities, informatics, philosophy, science and technology studies, computer science and design,  to launch technological revolutions that reshape how we will live and interact with our devices.

1. Invented@Intel Labs: Light Peak

Invented@Intel Labs: Light Peak      Impacted: Thunderbolt™ Technology
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Light Peak was the codename for ThunderboltTM Technology and sought to move media faster and simplify connections between devices. Intel Labs drove the architecture, specifications, and initial ecosystem development. Today, ThunderboltTM technology delivers 10 Gbps data transfers using a single cable to connect devices in a daisy chain.

2. Invented@Intel Labs: Low-Power Architecture

Invented@Intel Labs: Low-Power Architecture     Impacted: Intel® Atom™ Processor                      

Low-Power Architecture increases battery life while maintaining maximum performance.  Intel Labs research in extremely low-power architecture defined a critical new metric for Intel® –energy per instruction – and delivered architecture for the first low-power IA, which is now part of the Intel® AtomTM processor. Built with industry-leading 45nm and 32nm microarchitecture, low thermal design, & highly-integrated application processor the Intel Atom processor will accelerate from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm.


3. Invented@Intel Labs: Vanderpool

Invented@Intel Labs: Vanderpool              Impacted: Intel® Virtualization Technology

Vanderpool was the codename for technology integrated into Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT), allowing your system to split into several parts that work independently and use the same resources.  Intel Labs architected collections of hardware assists to simplify the design and improve the performance and functionality of virtual machine monitors for IA-based platforms.  Intel® VT is now available across all segments from servers to clients and embedded systems and is used to improve the utilization, security and reliability of systems based on Intel® architecture.


4. Invented@Intel Labs: Patmos

Invented@Intel Labs: Patmos                          Impacted: McAfee® DeepSAFE Technology

Patmos was the codename for technologies that were integrated into McAfee’s DeepSAFE technology.  Intel Labs created the Trusted Memory Services Layer, the key building block of DeepSAFE – which provides the vantage point to detect, block and remove stealthy malware.  McAfee® Deep Defender product lives outside the OS and provides real-time kernel monitoring to detect and block advanced hidden threats.


5. Invented@Intel Labs: Data Parallel Extensions for JavaScriptTM

Invented@Intel Labs: Data Parallel Extensions for JavaScript™  Impacted: River Trail Draft API                                                       

Data-parallel Extensions for JavaScriptTM research targeted rich browser experiences, such as physics-based gaming and immersive 3D environments, applying multi-core processing to gain up to 10x performance improvements. Mozilla, in collaboration with Intel, is working on a native implementation of River Trail technology for Firefox browsers to bring the power of parallel computing to web applications, shipping in 2013. River Trail has also been submitted to become an industry standard to extend JavaScript.


6. Invented@Intel Labs: Platform Power Management

 Invented@Intel Labs: Platform Power Management Impacted: Intel® Power Optimization                               

Platform Power Management invented in Intel Labs, combines hardware power management and new power states that fundamentally changes how power is managed across the platform.  Intel® Power Optimization in Haswell-based UltrabooksTM are targeted to achieve 20x reduction in idle power through a combination of process improvement and Platform Power Management.


7. Invented@Intel Labs: Robust Self-Healing Systems and Networks

 Invented@Intel Labs: Robust Self-Healing Systems and Networks Impacted: Intel® vPro™ Technology                                                    

Robust Self-Healing Systems and Networks provide a framework for clients to detect integrity violations or subversion on Intel® platforms.  Intel Labs research allows the hosts to collaborate and detect network-wide anomalies (such as infections, attacks, etc.) and regulate itself from zero-day threats.  Intel® vProTM technology is a set of security and manageability capabilities built into the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM vProTM processor family, Intel® chipsets, and network adapters.

8. Invented@Intel Labs: Always-On, Always-Connected

 Invented@Intel Labs: Always-On, Always-Connected   Impacted: Intel® Smart Connect Technology

Always-On, Always-Connected allows application connectivity during “Standby Mode”. Intel Labs architected new platform technologies to stay connected, while reducing energy consumption. Today, with Intel® Smart Connect Technology in your UltrabookTM, your email, favorite apps, and social networks are continually and automatically updated even when the system is asleep.

9. Invented@Intel Labs: Teraflops Research Processor

Invented@Intel Labs: Teraflops Research Processor
Impacted: Intel® Xeon Phi™                          



The Teraflops Research Processor (codenamed Polaris) was an 80-core research chip and was the first programmable processor to exceed 1 trillion floating point operations per second (Teraflops). This was followed by the Single-chip Cloud Computer (codenamed Rock Creek), a concept processor that built upon Polaris’ floating point achievement by integrated more IA cores than ever before in a single chip. Intel Labs parallel computing experts, along with research chips such as these, helped to guide the development of Intel® Many Integrated Core architecture for future compute- and data-intensive applications. The Intel® Xeon PhiTM product family based on this architecture will enable scientific research, financial analysis, climate simulation, and other HPC applications. It is the first commercial single chip to achieve 1 Teraflops of sustained performance.



10. Invented@Intel Labs: Carry Small, Live Large

 Invented@Intel Labs: Carry Small, Live Large Impacted: Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi)

The Carry Small, Live Large vision reflects on our lives and how they can be enhanced, simplified and enabled through mobile technology.  Intel Labs research focused on making mobile devices smaller, smarter and context-aware. With Intel® WiDi on your laptop, you can enjoy all of your personal and online content on a big screen with a simple wireless connection.


11. Invented@Intel Labs: Sandy Bridge Register File

Invented@Intel Labs: Sandy Bridge Register File Impacted: Intel® 2nd and 3rd Generation Core™ Processors

In processors previous to Sandy Bridge, values stored in the registers were distributed and shifted across the machine in an inefficient manner. Intel Labs and the Israel Design Center developed a new approach to the register file, the very first level of on-chip memory at the heart of the CPU instruction pipeline. This new version consolidated these register files to reduce data traffic, save power and enable the architecture to handle wider vector sizes to execute more data in parallel. Since Sandy Bridge, the new register file went on to become a key part of the Intel® 2nd and 3rd Generation CoreTM processors.