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Intel presses India to release IC policy

Posted: 07 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? Craig Barrett? IC policy? India? K.C. Krishnadas?

Intel Corp. will delay a decision on whether to locate test, assembly and manufacturing facilities in India until the government announces a semiconductor manufacturing policy, according to Intel chairman Craig Barrett.

During a visit to India, Barrett said Intel's plans for India depend on the types of financial incentives offered in the Indian chip policy.

"We are eagerly awaiting the government's incentive package and the final state of rules and regulations," he said. "The quicker the government decides, the faster we will [make] a final call on the matter," the Press Trust of India quoted Barrett as saying.

Barrett, who is visiting India as chairman of the U.N.'s Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies, reportedly said he wants to see the long-delayed chip policy unveiled by December. Intel, which employs about 3,000 workers at its R&D center in the country, wants to expand its Indian operations to include test, assembly and manufacturing facilities. But it reportedly is seeking financial incentives such as tax breaks before shifting more operations to India. Such incentives are expected to be the centerpiece of India's IC manufacturing policy.

The policy was expected to be released in May. Continuing delays have prompted industry officials to press the government to end bureaucratic bickering and release the plan.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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