LONDON -- There is no doubt that the formation of Intel Labs Europe early in 2009 was a strategic initiative. ILE today covers the waterfront with more than 20 labs and some 900 active researchers, focusing on everything from single atoms and atomic layers to the social-networking needs of an aging population. (The precise numbers depend on whether you include the Middle East and Israel in the tally.)
Intel signaled its strategic intent for ILE last year when then-chairman Craig Barrett and CTO Justin Rattner traveled to the European Parliament in Brussels for a special seminar on European research, innovation and competitiveness.
Intel Labs Europe calls its innovation agenda Digital Europe and has aligned it with the aims of the European Union for an innovation-based economy and a better-connected society. Implicit in this is more partnership (historically, not Intel's strong suit), along with government strategies for broadband deployment, PC purchase programs, digital literacy programs and online services.
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