LONDON Intel plans to set up an R&D center in South Korea focusing on wireless communications and home networking, acknowledging the huge strides made by the country in these application areas.
Craig Barrett, Intel CEO, rounded off his trip to the Far East last week by promising to work with the Korean government and industry at the center, which is likely to be operating by early next year. No financial details were released about the center, or about its exact location.
During his trip, Barrett also announced plans for an R&D center in Taiwan focusing on semiconductor research, and a separate R&D project focusing on wireless communications in collaboration with Chinese PC maker Legend.
The focus of Barrett's trip to the region was the convergence of computing and consumer electronics in the home, so the South Korean facility is likely to concentrate on this area, as well as exploring WiMAX technology for wireless broadband access.