AMD, Intel remain open for business

Following Tuesday morning's apparent terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center towers and the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, many businesses across the San Francisco Bay area decided not to open -- but the semiconductor industry cranked on.

Both Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Intel Corp. have headquarters in Silicon Valley, on the peninsula just below San Francisco, and both remained open for business.

"We have not closed down any buildings, but we have implemented tightened security measures," John Greenagel, a spokesman for Sunnyvale, California-based AMD said. Both AMD and Intel have increased security at all offices worldwide, the companies said.

Aside from the increased security, Intel is functioning under "normal operating procedures," but the company continues to monitor the situation and will adjust those plans if necessary, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said.

Neither company has an office in New York, but Santa Clara, California-based Intel does have an office in Washington. Intel's Mulloy said he had not yet been in touch with the office, but said it was "not near the Pentagon."

Both companies have also made plans to accommodate employees for situations such as school closings. San Francisco public schools were closed on Tuesday.

AMD had verified that there were no employees on any of the four flights which crashed, while Intel had not yet verified if any of its own employees were on the flights. The flights were all bound for California, according to media reports.

AMD had also instructed the AMD travel department to cancel all travel plans, keeping all employees on a wait status. "We will do whatever we can to get employees home when it is safe to do so," Greenagel said.

Neither company had experienced any major problems with communication over telephone systems or the Internet, they said. "I think some people are encountering some slight delays on the Internet, just because of the amount of traffic online right now," AMD's Greenagel said.

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