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Intel to increase investments in China, Russia

Posted: 03 Sep 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel? transistor? cmos? pc graphic? switch?

Intel Corp. executives indicated on Friday (Aug. 30) that the company would make significant new investments in China and Russia.

Intel CEO Craig Barrett said that while Intel would continue to expand its development and manufacturing operations in Ireland, Israel, and India, "China and Russia will get the highest percentage of visibility at Intel over the next few years." But new investments in these countries would not be at the cost of Intel's existing operations in the United States, Malaysia, and other locations, he added.

Intel's manufacturing and engineering operations in China and the company's engineering base in Russia would be expanded under the plan. Barrett declined to comment on specific investment figures for India but said investments would be weighed against economic and market conditions.

India's minister for information technology said Thursday (Aug. 29) that Intel would invest $130 million in India, but Barrett would not confirm the figures. "These announcements are those of the government's, not Intel's," he said.

On technology, Barrett said, "We have at least five generations of technology left in the CMOS switch," adding that the gate length of transistors would reach its limit at 10nm.

"There is a lot of life left in 32-bit processors, though the 64-bit ones are very important for data intensive applications," he said. "You are going to see the coexistence of the 32-bit and 64-bit processors in the marketplace. The price performance of 32-bit processors are very good and will hold true for another five to 10 years," he said.

Barrett said he was pleased with Intel's integrated graphics chipset, noting the manufacturing problems faced by its rivals in the market. The chipset has made Intel the largest supplier of integrated graphics to the PC platform, Barrett claimed.

Intel showed applications involving a multithreaded architecture that combined computing and communications tasks during a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday.

He said the company would probably unveil a 3GHz processor later this year. Intel has invested in about 30 Indian companies, and Barrett said it continues to look for more opportunities in India.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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