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Intel opens new design facility in Malaysia

Posted: 30 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:design center? Kulim? Intel? Jonathan Hopfner?

Intel unveiled a new $40 million design and development center in Kulim, Malaysia last week in a move the chipmaker said would complement its existing operations there.

The 192,987-square-foot facility will focus on the design of microprocessors, chipsets, motherboards, server boards and custom microchips for use in Intel's product lines.

Intel said it plans to employ about 900 design engineers at the new center, bringing its total headcount in Kulim's Hi-Tech Park to over 3,000.

Senior executives said the center illustrates the increasingly sophisticated range of functions performed by Intel's local team. "The opening [of the center] reflects the fact that Malaysia's talented workforce has become increasingly integral to Intel," said Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini.

The new facility, "along with Intel's continued work with the Malaysian government to drive manufacturing and engineering activities, will strengthen the country's economic competitiveness in the global marketplace," he added.

K.C. Yoon, Intel's Malaysia managing director for assembly and test, added: "With the opening of this center, we intend to grow our workforce at this site by 30 percent and increasingly deliver innovative technologies."

An Intel spokesperson said Friday [May 26] that the design center would have an "immediate input" on products produced at Intel's existing assembly/test and board operations in Kulim, a major factor behind the firm's decision to locate the new facility there.

"We achieve a good synergy through co-location," he said.

- Jonathan Hopfner
EE Times

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