Feeds

Intel’s Asia pivot: How Chipzilla beat Obama by decades

El Reg takes a look inside chip giant’s biggest offshore plant

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

Malaysian genesis

Around 2,000 staff work in the Malaysian Design Centre on the Penang site, according to its GM, Chris Kelly. The centre began life after a group of Intel bods persuaded former CEO Andy Grove to let them try and rejuvenate the 8-16 bit microarchitecture business which Chipzilla wanted to exit. The centre was born some 21 years ago with just 30 engineers. Today they work on all parts of the business – from datacentre to client and mobile products.

Intel Penang vending machine core i5

The team played a major role in the design and development of the new Haswell chips, contributing 600 engineers to the 3-4,000 globally who worked on the massive project. Today they’re working on the 14nm Broadwell chips and Intel’s 5th gen cores in similar numbers.

“If you have an Intel product there’ll be a Malaysian fingerprint on it,” said Kelly. “Customers want more choice and configurability which means we have to turn out more and different designs for the rapidly expanding market. It involves careful planning and a different approach in validation and tests so we can go faster.”

He explained that Penang boasts Intel's largest manufacturing test team outside the States. Teams also work on chip as well as platform design interactively, again boosting process efficiency, and there’s a large validation team to give specific feedback on designs as they are being produced, improving and speeding the whole cycle up, he added.

Other design wins from the Penang team include the Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini-computers, and proof-of-concept designs such as a Bright Lake-based clamshell notebooks made from start to finish in just 4 months for a demo at Computex this year.

Inside Intel Penang factory

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.