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Intel invests $12 million in graphics lab

Saarbrucken, German – Chip giant Intel said it has struck a deal to cooperate with the Saarland University in Saarbrucken, Germany to explore advanced graphics and visual computing.

The deal is the biggest European university collaboration Intel has made and extends over a period of five years.

The purpose of the cooperation is grow Intel’s terascale research program, a project which explores how multiple computing cores can help to make more lifelike graphics. Intel and Saarland University had already been cooperating for some years.

The institute will recruit people from Intel, Saarland University, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.

$12 million is not a big deal, particularly as the whole world is speculating just how much Intel will be fined by the European Union for alleged antitrust activities.

Some are speculating that fine could be as much as $4 billion.