TECH TALK: Intel Israel is constantly expanding

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February 9, 2016 22:52
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Intel sign . (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Intel, the largest employer in the Israeli hi-tech industry expanded its R&D centers in 2015, namely in cognitive and perceptual computing, big data, cyber and Internet of Things.

“Our manufacturing plants play a significant role in the growth of Israel’s economy,” says Intel CEO Maxine Fassberg.

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Intel’s R&D centers in Haifa, Jerusalem and the Center added a total of more than 400 employees in 2015 and Intel’s exports, totaling $4.1 billion, account for 11 percent of Israeli exports. This increase in the number of employees has enabled Intel to establish unique development groups and expand others, such as its perceptual and cloud computing departments.

During the year, Intel created projects in an effort to absorb hi-tech professionals who had been laid off from other companies such as AMD, Marvel and Qualcomm. Intel has always encouraged diversity among its staff and has made concerted efforts to promote women to senior positions. In fact, 27% of Intel employees are women, thanks in part to incentives offered in the company’s friend referral program.

“It’s been an excellent year in terms of recruitment,” says Intel Israel development centers manager Ran Sandrovich.

“Intel Israel’s development teams continue to excel at creating innovative breakthroughs in an ever expanding range of technologies. We’re accelerating the development of processors, adding senses and artificial intelligence, and integrating them into devices to create incredible experiences. One of the most important Intel products launched this year was the sixth Generation Intel Core processor family, which was mostly developed in Israel.”

Renovations on Intel’s fabrication plant in Kiryat Gat are expected to be completed soon, and over the next two years, the company is planning to recruit a large number of production workers and engineers. The large scale renovations on Fab 28 required the help of 2,300 construction workers.



Mobile Health Israel start-up contest
The third annual mHealth Israel conference, geared towards start-ups in digital health, will include a contest offering an all-expenses paid business development trip to the Medical World Americas Conference taking place in Houston, Texas, in association with Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. More than 40 Israeli and global health-tech startups, with a working prototype and up to $2 million in previous funding, were expected to apply.

Finalists will present their companies at mHealth Israel, scheduled for February 18, before a panel of C-level judges from companies including Phillips, IBM and EMC.

In addition to the trip, the contest’s winner will meet with C-level executives at Texas Medical Center and Houston Methodist Hospital, and will be an automatic finalist in two other start-up contests Medica App Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany, and Med- City News INVEST in Chicago, Illinois.

“Israel is a world leader in digital healthcare technologies,” said mHealth lead organizer Levi Shapiro, who also serves as general partner at Veritas Ventures. “There are more than 200 digital health start-ups in Israel, and funding has continued to reach record-breaking levels. The start-up contest and mHealth conference are premier platforms for Israel’s burgeoning medical technology field to showcase their innovations to the world.”

“Israel’s enormous contributions to the medical technology industry have not gone unnoticed” added Dr. Ashish Atreja, chief technology innovation and engagement officer, medicine, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “We are excited to see new developments for the medical community at the mHealth conference and are looking forward to building relationships in Israel.”

Asus Chromebit arrives in Israel
Asus’s new Chromebit CS10 can turn any screen with an HDMI port into a computer. It’s the smallest Chrome OS device in the world – about the size of an Elite Chocolate Finger – and it won the 2015 Good Design, and was picked as the 2016 CES Innovation Award-winning design.

The Asus Chromebit CS10 enables you to run smart applications using the latest version of Chrome OS, which turns a standard TV into a smart TV. This means that you can use your TV to browse the Internet, keep in touch with friends and family through social networks and watch your favorite shows in HD . Chromebit CS10 automatically downloads antivirus updates and makes sure the environment is fully secure. The dimensions of the CS10 are 31 mm. x 17 mm. x 127 mm., and it weighs just 75 grams. It is dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, with 100GB of Google Drive space free for 2 years.

If you run a young start-up, have developed an interesting app or have a question, please feel free to contact info@social-wisdom.com.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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