FORT COLLINS, Colo. Seemingly for the first time in awhile, a global chip maker opened a design center not located in India.
Intel Corp. opened a microprocessor design center here Thursday (May 31) after nearly two years of revamping an existing building. The new facility will emply 300 workers and is located adjacent to AMD Inc.'s "Mile-High Design Center."
The development facility is intended to confirm Intel's continuing commitment to Colorado after it closed a CMOS fab in Colorado Springs. Fort Collins was previously the site of a joint Intel-Hewlett-Packard effort that designed the Itanium microprocessor.
While HP has largely exited microprocessor design since Intel acquired its design business in 2005, HP's design team here harks back to development of the PA-RISC architecture in the early 1990s.
In addition to Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, attendees at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were to include Intel executive vice president Pat Gelsinger, and Martin Fink, director of HP's business critical systems group.