Igniting Sparks of Innovation

Intel's involvement with Open Source runs deep.

Building Blocks Provide a Fast Path to Open Source Solutions

Because of the collaborative efforts of the open source community and Intel engineering teams, businesses have ready access to essential open source building blocks to construct next-generation solutions for their customers. Optimizing software in multiple open source projects to Intel platform and processor technologies ensures that performance, interoperability, reliability, and scalability are maximized for each solution.


Yocto Project*

Intel is collaborating with a diverse community to create a common, shared development environment and tools for embedded developers through participation in open source projects such as the Yocto Project*.

Building Blocks Highlight 1


As the de facto operating system for cloud deployments, OpenStack* draws support from an open source community spanning 87 countries. Intel contributes reference architectures, participates in standards development, and provides engineering expertise to the project.

Building Blocks Highlight 2

Project Contributions


Resurgent embedded application development is coalescing around the Yocto Project*, a key focus of Intel.
Yocto Project*

Big Data

Open source, big data, and cost-effective supercomputing combine to unlock vast opportunities in research, commerce, government, and education.


As a prime contributor to open source virtualization projects, Intel helps meld breakthrough software with the latest Intel hardware.
Open Virtualization Solutions

Power Management

Contributions from Intel help ensure that open operating systems can take advantage of hardware energy-efficiency features, and we continue to work with the ecosystem to develop technology, tools, and tips for software-based power savings.


By helping to make open source kernels multi-core aware and providing threaded library functions, Intel helps enable parallel computing.
Intel® Threading Building Blocks


Intel maintains and supports open source projects for current and future Intel® graphics hardware, drivers, and enablement, delivering a world-class graphics experience for Linux* users.
Linux* Graphics Drivers from Intel

Firmware and Platform Integration

Linux* users on Intel architecture platforms enjoy seamless operations and reliable computing thanks to open source drivers and firmware development kits from Intel.
Linux*-Ready Firmware Developer Kit
UEFI Community

Web Browsers and Runtime Libraries

Developers capitalize on the benefits of open source development tools enabled and refined within the ecosystem by Intel.
Tools and Resources

Processor Technologies

From the very start, Intel has challenged the status quo. Each new generation of Intel® processors offers amazing functionality, performance and energy efficiency, unleashing creativity across the ecosystem and unlocking new possibilities for people around the world.

Open Source - Intel® Atom™ Processor

Intel® Atom™ Processor

With an exceptional processing-power-to-energy-use ratio, the Intel Atom processor suits small form-factor computing devices, including netbooks, smartphones, and tablets. Capabilities of the Tizen*, Android*, and Windows* operating systems are best-in-class.

Platform Technologies

Intel platform technologies help reshape the computing experience by offering new capabilities ready to be put to use by developers and inspiring innovative design. Rich opportunities abound to take advantage of next-generation technologies using open source components running on the Linux* operating system.

Intel® Multi-Core Technology

With a broad slate of multi-core processors available today and many-core processors in the design pipeline, Intel continues to set the pace in the industry for high-performance, multi-threaded computing.

Intel® Core™ Microarchitecture

Intel leads the industry in the design, manufacturing, and delivery of small, highly efficient, high-performing processor cores. Microarchitecture development for 22nm technologies is well underway, which will expand the options for compact computing devices with long battery lives.

Intel® vPro™ Technology

By incorporating security and manageability into hardware, Intel vPro technology enhances management of desktops and laptops, and protects data against loss. This technology offers features that can provide a significant competitive edge in software applications that use it.

Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)

Embedded in Intel architecture-based platforms, this technology enhances the ability of IT organizations to effectively manage enterprise computing facilities, onsite or remotely. ISVs can build applications that take advantage of the features of Intel AMT using the application programming interface (API).

Intel® I/O Acceleration Technology

Designed to increase throughput in demanding network applications, this technology dynamically scales to accommodate rising network traffic and addresses dataflow bottlenecks. Overall platform performance can be increased significantly.

Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

Virtualization of systems based on Intel architecture is strongly supported with open source components. As a result, IT groups gain efficiency and simplified maintenance in a highly cost-effective manner.


Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT)

Using this technology, systems can execute code inside protected hardware partitions, isolating sensitive data from other operations taking place on the same system. The result is a level of functionality that can help differentiate an open source application in the enterprise space.