Intel, Brazil Finalize $150M Collaboration on Energy, Software Development; Justin Rattner Comments

Intel LogoIntel has inked a $150 million research and development agreement with Brazil as part of a government effort to promote information communication technology in the South American country.

The five-year collaboration between the chipmaker and the ministries of science, technology and education includes direct investments aligned with the government’s TI Maior (Greater IT) initiative that seeks to infuse new life into the sector, according to an Intel Brazil statement.

“The joint efforts we are announcing today create exciting opportunities… We look forward to this new partnership between Intel and Brazil and the opportunity to position Brazil as a global center of IT innovation,” said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel.

The research will encompass energy, transportation, education and software development by connecting Intel Labs with hundreds of researchers from local enterprises, schools and centers of excellence through the Intel Strategic Research Alliance.

Intel said it would also look to hire about 80 Brazilian engineers to bolster its software and services group as support for local software companies and developers.

“This agreement marks the beginning of a new phase for Intel Brazil, where we assume a direct role in stimulating innovation for sustainable growth of the country,” said Fernando Martins, president of Intel Brazil.

“In the next five years we hope to contribute a great deal through training of professionals through research and development in conjunction with Brazilian universities and national companies,” he added.

The recently launched ISRA seeks to develop energy-efficient security for system-on-chip devices, specifically five projects from seven universities, including Universidade Estadual de Campinas, University of Sao Paulo and University of Brasilia.

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