Intel is all around you

Most people think of Intel technology powering PCs, whether they are consumer laptops, business computers, or the latest iMacs. And they’re right, you can find Intel Inside the large majority of desktop and laptop computers today. But Intel products touch your life in many other ways each and every day, without you perhaps even realizing it. When you grab cash from the ATM, there’s a very good chance an Intel processor is behind that transaction, either powering the ATM itself, or powering the servers at the bank that keep track of your accounts. Or when you watch a movie, again there’s a good chance that it was Intel chips that were used to generate the special effects, to edit the movie, or in the case of an animated feature like Toy Story, to animate and render the gorgeous images that the creative people of the animation studios are able to imagine.

Intel processors power much of the Internet, too. When you’re buying stuff online, viewing fun videos, reading the news, or just keeping in touch with friends, again…chances are your experience is enabled by Intel processors. It’s not just our chips that you could be using though. Almost every time you fly on a plane, the cockpit control system is probably running on top of real-time operating system software called VxWorks, a product created by WindRiver, a subsidiary of Intel. Many video games and movie special effects are created using middleware software from a company called Havok, yet another Intel company.

In fact, look around you right now. Go on, drink in the scene. It doesn’t much matter where you are, almost everything you see was likely touched by Intel technology in some way. The clothes you are wearing right now could well have been designed using PCs or Macs with Intel processors inside them. Similarly many of the products we use each day, from toothbrushes to TVs, and flip-flops to fire extinguishers, have a pretty good chance they, and/or the packaging they ship in, were designed using computers powered by Intel chips.

The cars we drive are built from thousands of components, most of them likely designed using computer-aided design tools running on Intel-based PCs and workstations. You can also find Intel’s chips inside 402 out of the world’s top 500 fastest supercomputers. These are the incredibly powerful computers that are being used by research scientists to try and unlock the secrets of the universe, and to research new drugs that we hope one day soon will cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other nasty diseases we’d all rather were gone forever.

And this is only the beginning. We expect that within the next five years the world will be home to 15 billion connected devices, everything from computer-powered sewing machines to robotic tractors. You’ll find Intel computing power inside cars, exercise machines, digital signs, vending machines, and smart phones that you’ll think of more as your personal assistant than as a phone. It’s going to be a pretty exciting future for us here at Intel, and I’m really happy to be right in the middle of all this exciting technological advancement.

Our engineers, marketers, finance people, HR people, managers, researchers, designers, ethnographers, sales people, manufacturing people, and more are all working hard to build the technology that’ll power the world around you in the coming decade. If you’re interested in joining us, we have all kinds of opportunities both now, and in the future.

My career story at Intel is a fun one. I’ve been here over twenty years now, and I’ve never had a dull moment. During that time I’ve been an engineer, I’ve run our worldwide events program, I’ve been a video producer, and I’ve done all kinds of marketing jobs. But hey, that’s a story for another time.

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