Monday, August 14, 2023

Intel Opens Chinese Chip Innovation Center for Developing AI, Custom Chips

Is this some sort of technology transfer? Sometimes the rules get confusing.

From Tom's Hardware, August 3:

Intel to develop products for China in China.

Intel has launched a new innovation center in Shenzhen, China. The center will work on artificial intelligence (AI), chips, and edge computing applications for the local market. As reported by The Register. Essentially, Intel wants to develop products for China in the People's Republic. Meanwhile, the decision by the U.S. company somewhat contradicts the harsh U.S. stance against Chinese high-tech industries.

The innovation center would utilize "Intel's existing technologies and products to continuously enable the application innovations of our partners and customers with an open ecosystem, with a focus on applications in artificial intelligence (AI), chip applications and edge computing etc to address the local market demand," a statement from Intel published by The Register reads.

The Intel Greater Bay Area Innovation Centre is a collaborative effort between Intel, Nanshan district government in Shenzhen, and local technology firms. In particular, Intel will work with portable electronics maker Ugreen as well as fabless chip designers Senary Technology Group and Chipsea Technologies, to establish multiple joint laboratories. These labs will focus on research areas such as low-carbon and energy-saving IT solutions, PC and server chips, and smart transport. In addition to this, Intel has committed to providing technical and resource support for startups in Nanshan to facilitate market roll-outs and industry access. Media reports indicate that 60 local tech firms attended the opening ceremony....