MUNICH -- During the European version of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here today, Intel Corp. and a major university in Spain announced plans to team up and open a new R&D laboratory to develop next-generation microprocessor designs.
Under the terms of an agreement, Spain's Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona will operate a research center on behalf of Intel. The center--dubbed Intel Labs Barcelona (ILB)--will create advanced, low-power processors, based on Intel's Pentium and Itanium chip architectures, said Patrick Gelsinger, vice president and chief technology officer at Intel.
Research and development efforts will focus on increasing processor performance while reducing power consumption and extending the life of batteries in systems, Gelsinger said.
"UPC has a group of highly talented researchers--renowned experts in their field--who have a track record in leading-edge microarchitectural research," he said.
Intel plans to open a research facility on the UPC campus later this year. Intel's microprocessor researchers will collaborate with researchers from UPC's Computer Architecture Department. The Barcelona center will be led by three professors from UPC: Antonio Gonzalez, Roger Espasa and Toni Juan.
Officials at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based processor giant said the new center will help expand Intel's microprocessor R&D and enable it to work with some of the top chip researchers in Europe.