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Intel eyes assembly, testing facility in India

Posted: 25 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:K.C. Krishnadas?

Intel Corp. is reportedly setting up an assembly and test facility in India, but the microprocessor giant would not give details, according to its president and CEO, Paul Otellini.

The company is working on a SoC implementation to drive down the cost of computers over the long term, Otellini said. In the short term, it plans to repurpose its processor technology to help make computers more affordable. The actions are designed to help Intel regain any market share it is losing as a result of Dell's decision to opt for AMD processors.

In Bangalore, Otellini unveiled a prototype of a ruggedized, small-form-factor notebook computer, aimed at primary and secondary school students in developing countries. The system will be available for under $400 and will have flash memory instead of a hard drive.

Also demonstrated was the Community PC, designed for village and non-metropolitan areas and featuring a ruggedized chassis to withstand dusty, hot and power-deficient conditions. Intel has also licensed its platform for fully featured, low-cost desktop PCs for first-time individual users to five Indian manufacturers: Wipro Ltd, PCS, Millennium, HCL and Zenith Computers. Those machines are to be introduced in two months.

In addition, Intel is conducting 14 WiMax trials in India and will work with VSNL to ensure broadband connectivity through WiMax to consumers. The plan is to achieve computer literacy through accessibility, connectivity and education to the 850 million people in the lower economic strata in India, where computers have not penetrated, Otellini said.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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