Six Pillars of Technology Innovation for the Next Era of Computing

Intel is innovating across six pillars of technology development to unleash the power of data for the industry and our customers.

Welcome to the Data-Centric Future

Imagine a world with fewer limits. A world in which architects are free to pick the best type of compute for the job and deploy it anywhere, effortlessly. A world in which developers can work seamlessly across hardware types, and data flows freely without hitting bottlenecks in memory or interconnect. A world of rich, insightful data that’s there when you need it—and secure at every point.

Intel helped define the modern world of computing. Now, as we have evolved from our role as a PC-centric company to becoming a data-centric company, we measure our progress beyond advances in transistors and CPUs. With innovation across our six fundamental technology pillars, we are shaping the data-centric future. A future in which Intel powers the world—and democratizes compute power for all.

Diverse Architectures. Unprecedented Choice.

Computing applications have become increasingly varied, and different types of workloads require different types of computing architectures. Intel is uniquely positioned to deliver a diverse mix of scalar, vector, matrix, and spatial architectures deployed in CPU, GPU, accelerator, and FPGA sockets. As a result, our customers can use the most appropriate type of compute when and where it’s needed.


Versatile, high-performance, and power-efficient general-purpose compute with world-class Intel® CPUs.


Highly parallel processing with Intel® integrated graphics and discrete GPUs.


Innovative new CPU instructions and purpose-built Intel® accelerators for unrivaled AI performance.


Reprogrammable Intel® FPGAs for customizable acceleration.

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Innovations in Process and Packaging

Intel is welcoming a new paradigm for Moore’s Law. Our synchronized and coarchitected advances in transistors, packaging, and chip design are driving performance leaps in computing. No other company has our unique set of complementary capabilities that will redefine what’s possible in computing.


Road map of innovation to set the pace for extraordinary progress.


A catalyst to enable completely new approaches in system architecture.


Integrated device manufacturer (IDM) for best-in-class products.

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Redefining the Memory and Storage Hierarchy

Intel has compiled a memory and storage hierarchy that saves system architects, developers, and engineers from having to work around the gaps that have impacted data performance for decades. With our new memory technology, we can offer a full portfolio of products that deliver exceptional advances, with revolutionary innovations to enhance storage performance.

Memory Media

Intel® 3D XPoint™ and Intel® 3D NAND Technology


Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory modules, solid state drives (SSDs), and Intel® 3D NAND SSDs


Deep platform integration, codesigned with Intel CPUs


Engagement with industry partners and support for developers

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Unified Software. Exponential Innovation.

We at Intel are working tirelessly to enable the future of computing through full-stack solutions powered by software that is performant, open, and productive. Intel® software unleashes the full potential of hardware across all workloads, domains, and architectures.

Uncompromised Performance

Performance improvements in orders of magnitude per core through software optimizations

Open Innovation

Extensive, consistent history of open source commitment

Unparalleled Productivity

Libraries, tools, and resources and a unified programming model to empower developers

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Interconnect at Hyperscale

In a data-centric world, the dynamic range of interconnect is enormous. Intel delivers leading technologies that scale from microns to miles across all interconnect layers—spanning on-die, on-package to data center and wireless networks.

A Trusted Foundation of Security

Security is a foundational property and a critical priority across all Intel® architectures. Working in collaboration with our partners and customers, Intel is building a trusted foundation for data-centric performance through technology and product innovation that will help define new benchmarks in security.

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Intel Launches Strategic Pillars

Intel’s strategic shift for our design and engineering model combines foundational building blocks that leverage a world-class portfolio of technologies and intellectual property.

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Architecture Innovation

Intel demonstrates 10 nm–based PCs, next-generation CPU architecture for data centers, the industry’s first 3D logic chip packaging technology, and much more.

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What Comes Next

In this commemorative magazine, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Intel while looking at the innovations that are expected to shape the future of computing—from sensor technology to robotics to the AI revolution.

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The Silicon Engineering Toy Chest

Chief Architect Raja Koduri explains the opportunities available to Intel that are enabled by our investment in technology, and how we’re developing a renewed graphics strategy and furthering our strategies for cloud, AI, and gaming.

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