Intel Creates Visual Computing Research Center

Man, Intel sure hasn't been shy about breaking out the checkbook of late. Just a few months after it allocated $7 billion for investments in chip plants, the company has decided to set aside another $12 million in order to create a Visual Computing Research Center in Europe. What for, you ask? To "explore advanced graphics and visual computing technologies."

The facility opens up today at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, and we're told that the five year investment represents the company's largest European university collaboration. Intel goes on to explain that visual computing is the analysis, enhancement and display of visual information to create life-like, real-time experiences and more natural ways for people to interact with computers and other devices. The lab should be useful for applications including games, medical imaging and interactive 3-D data models used in areas such as scientific research and financial services.

Intel clearly has pretty big plans for the venue, as it notes that the laboratory's innovations will "help make future entertainment, productivity and the Internet experience more intuitive and immersive." A key mission of the latest member of Intel Labs Europe is to contribute to the company's tera-scale research program, which explores how multiple computing cores will be used to produce higher-performance computing and more life-like graphics. Also of note, the institute will employ about a dozen researchers from such sources as Intel, Saarland University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence by the year's end. Sounds like you've got some pretty big plans, Intel -- now let's make good on 'em, okay?