Intel expands European R&D operations

May 28, 2002 – Santa Clara, CA – Intel Corp. has signed an agreement to conduct microprocessor R&D at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain.

Under the terms of this agreement, UPC will operate a research center, Intel Labs Barcelona (ILB), on behalf of Intel.

In a speech at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel VP and CTO Patrick Gelsinger said that Intel is teaming up with the UPC to work on microprocessor R&D. As part of this relationship, Intel will open a research facility on the UPC campus in Barcelona later this year. The center will help expand Intel’s capabilities in microprocessor R&D, as well as enable Intel to continue delivering performance on future generations of microprocessor.

The relationship maintains ILB’s academic origins, enabling Intel to work with some of the best microprocessor researchers in Europe without separating them from the European academic community. This unique arrangement offers significant benefits to both parties.

Intel’s microprocessor researchers will collaborate with researchers from UPC’s computer architecture department on advanced microprocessor technologies for future Intel Itanium processor and Intel Pentium processor family designs. R&D efforts will focus on increasing processor performance, reducing power consumption, and extending battery life.

The center will be led by three professors from UPC: Antonio Gonzalez, Roger Espasa, and Toni Juan.


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