Intel bets on Pervasive Computing R&D -

Intel has announced the latest in its science and technology centers [sic, ISTC], based at the University of Washington with five others collaborating. The focus is on pervasive computing.

Specifically, applications for computer systems to intelligently understand their environments, as well as how the user behaves and reacts. That includes, claimed Intel boffin Limor Fix in a statement, doing things like making a souffle or even building a piece of furniture. He didn't say it, but we bet they could even build T1000s.

Primarily, the Intel-led research will work on low-power sensing and communication, says Chipzilla. What that means is the kind of system that can understand the human state. The researchers plan to test pervasive computing by running them through gauntlets of understanding: trying to figure out the context of a person, the gestures they make and the voice. This will lead to computers that understand us, probably, better than we do.

If you can't bear the thought of it, well, tough luck. Intel is determined to crack this healthcare game and its chips will be powering the technologies. Its idea is that with technologies that can ix prefer the compassionate nature of talking to a real-life human being than C3PO, especially if Intel doesn't iron out the bugs in its Sarcasm Gate.

Meanwhile, a consortium of high-profile plyers in the technology space have joined hands to dance in unison to promote nanotechnology. The Albany, New York-based NanoCollege has the backing of Intel, IBM, GlobalFoundries, TSMC and Samsung. Governer Cuoro, says the Capitol Confidential, named it a "really big deal".

Big bucks are being ploughed into the centre for nanoscale engineering, with total investments sat at $4.4 billion. With it comes $400 million from the State for five years. The area is well placed for GloFo which has offices just down the road and Fab 8 in New York. Intel says it's rather interested in 450mm research around Albany, too.

Senator Chuck Schumer said in a statement that the investment "marks a massive step forward in the Capital Region's stunning ascension as the global epicenter in semiconductor research."