Intel, CEA to collaborate on high-performance computing and IoT

June 16, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
France's CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) and Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) have signed a five-year agreement to enable a shared R&D program and the submission of proposals jointly for European Union funded collaborative R&D projects.

This agreement will be particularly relevant to high-performance computing as part of the Horizon 2020 program, CEA said. The deal covers several research programs at CEA-Leti in Grenoble, including the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless communications, security, and 3D displays.

Intel launched its own Europe-wide network of R&D labs in 2009. A virtual umbrella organization that covered about 800 researchers across Europe the Intel Labs Europe name was created at a time when Intel faced the possibility of billion-dollar-plus fines from the European Commission for previously having abused its market dominance in microprocessors.

Intel was fined $1.4 billion in 2009 and subsequently lost an appeal against that fine in 2014. The Intel Labs Europe initiative is still operating but the company has changed CEOs since it was created and the company hit by a number of years of lacklustre results. However, the company remains the world's largest chip company.

The collaboration will cover the development of material systems for semiconductors used in mobile technologies and high-level and low-power integration for connected objects. After the signature of the agreement in Paris in May, the director of the CEA's Leti Institute, Marie-Noelle Semeria, the director of CEA-Leti, said that the collaboration with Intel recognized Grenoble Valley as a center of excellence in microelectronics.
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