Feeds

Intel's Shenzhen cash-splash signals mobile push

Chipzilla to establish innovation centre and $100m fund

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Intel reaffirmed its commitment to China at IDF on Wednesday by announcing a new Shenzhen-based innovation centre and a $100 million fund both designed to promote and accelerate the development of Intel-based devices in the country.

Chipzilla chose symbolically to host this year’s developer forum in the global manufacturing hub of Shenzhen. In this dirty Pearl River Delta city the Intel Smart Device Innovation Center will be established to provide OEMs, ODMs and developers with all the tools and support needed to commercialise product ideas.

Backing up this commitment, CEO Brian Krzanich announced a $100m Smart Device Innovation Fund from Intel Capital China to be ploughed into the development of 2-in-1s, tablets, smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things-related tech and more, the firm said.

Intel has invested a lot of R&D dollars in the Middle Kingdom over the years – for example, it was Intel Labs China that developed the SD card-sized Edison computer – but little of it has been spent down in the manufacturing heartland of Guangdong province.

However, driving momentum and building a partner ecosystem around its chips, especially in the mobile computing space, has become an imperative, especially with rival ARM-designed processors the number one choice for many China manufacturers.

The decision to launch operations in Shenzhen was a “must”, if it’s not already too late for the chip giant, according to Forrester analyst Charlie Dai.

“Shenzhen is one of the most important regions for electronic equipment manufacturing in China, and has a long and glorious history in PC and feature phone devices,” he told The Reg.

“In the age of the customer, it's extremely important to get as close as possible to your ecosystem to respond to market dynamics. That's why Intel held IDF there this year and has made further investments.”

Also showcased at IDF to prove Intel’s commitment to mobile chip development were its new LTE platform, the XMM 7260. This supports both TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA protocols and will come China Mobile-ready when it’s launched in the second half of the year.

China Mobile is never a bad partner to have on your side, given it’s the world’s largest operator by subscriber numbers with over 760 million, and has been working on a major 4G base station roll-out.

Intel also showed off its SoFIA mobile SoCs for entry level smartphones and tablets; announced the availability of the Quark and Atom chip-based Intel Gateway Solutions for IoT; and announced that Edison will now feature dual-core Atoms based on its 22nm Silvermont architecture. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

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 fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
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
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
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.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.