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Intel Corporation is a global American semiconductor chip maker, the largest and highest valued (by revenue) in the world. It was founded in 1968 by Gordon E. Moore, Robert Noyce (co-inventor of the integrated circuit), and Arthur Rock (investor and venture capitalist). It invented the x86 series of microprocessors found in most PCs. 

Intel built its success around 'Moore's Law' (Moore noted that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year, from their invention in 1958 until 1965, and predicted that this trend would continue), which implies regular purchases of new computers with new more powerful chips; the success of the PC; and its aggressive pursuit of market share and success in gaining mind share for its Pentium brand with its "Intel Inside" advertising campaign in the 1990s.

Intel is now moving strongly into the mobile space (mainly for Windows devices, although it powers some Android devices too). It has a fast product and, with Intel production scale, many industry observers see it as having a good chance of winning market share in this space.

Intel has advanced chip design capabilities combined with a leading-edge manufacturing capability. It regained a leading position in its field after 2007 with its Core micro-architecture and its recognition that power consumption and heat dissipation issues made further increases in processor speed impracticable and that the future lay with hardware parallelism.

Intel has attempted diversification with the acquisition of several technologies (network switching and wireless, for example), which it can incorporate into its chips. Its recent acquisition of McAfee presages the production of a more secure computing platform with security built into the silicon.

Intel also has a software business selling highly respected compilers and developer tools, especially for high-performance computing. Significantly, in 2009, it bought Wind River, founded as a Berkeley consultancy in 1981 by Jerry Fiddler and, since 1987, a leader in real-time operating systems for embedded microprocessors. Wind River is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and is part of its Software and Services Group; it should enable Intel to play a significant part in the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.

It is interesting that after the glitch in the sale of new PCs associated with the comparative lack of enthusiasm for Windows 8, Intel agreed (in 2013) to produce chips for Altera; Intel has indicated that it is looking for more deals like this, in which it can support the industry with best practice chip creation and production.



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Intel HTML5 Development Environment

Last Updated: 17th May, 2013

Intel is espousing the HTML5 approach to cross-platform app development - develop once, sell in multiple app stores for devices with different form factors (this contrasts with native development, involving a different code-base for each device, and (possibly more complex) hybrid cross-platform approaches.

Being web-based, Intel's HTML5 solution is globally available, via download. It is distributed and supported purely on the Web, via the Intel Developer Zone. 

Intel is targeting the general web app development community.

The development environment includes the Intel XDK developer front-end (a Chrome browser plug-in with local project file storage) for writing Windows and OS X apps; and Intel App Dev Centre, which provides cloud-based tools and a build service for, for example, Apple's App Store, Google Play, Nook Store, Amazon App Store for Android, Windows Store, and HTML5 web apps.

Developers also get App Framework (formerly jqMobi), a jQuery-compatible framework claimed to be the Definitive JS Library for HTML5 App Development, offering the capability for building hybrid mobile apps and web apps; App Game Interfaces, which augment the Canvas object with multi-channel sound, accelerated physics, and accelerated canvas to provide more realistic modelling and smoother gameplay (claimed to offer native capabilities and performance with HTML5); and, App Starter, which is a quick-start wizard. 

The Intel HTML5 developer experience seems to be a rich one; for example, there's an HTML5 App Porter tool in beta, which promises to help iOS developers broaden their market to include other platforms. 

Intel has an active developer community (the Intel Developer Zone), supported with blogs, educational videos and online discussion forums. Online documentation is available and App Dev Centre provides cloud services for building apps.

Intel claims to be making HTML5 better with contributions to Open Source projects, emerging standards, and the provision - at no cost - of a complete, integrated HTML5 development environment to support true cross-platform apps.

Intel also has rich support options for more conventional development approaches, if necessary.


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