Intel Establishes Wireless Center in Beijing

HONG KONG (04/25/2000) - Intel Corp. has established in Beijing its third Wireless Competence Center to help local vendors develop mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices, the company announced yesterday.

At the center, the company initially will contribute its expertise in flash memory, chip sets and software to the development in China of future cellular phones, including third-generation wireless Internet handsets, according to Intel spokeswoman Evia Shum.

The center's work later may extend to other handheld devices, such as computers based on Intel's StrongArm processor, Shum said.

Intel chose China for its latest wireless research facility because the country is a major and growing market for mobile phones and other wireless products, Shum said.

Analysts expect wireless devices to become a major tool for Internet connectivity in China, where the wired infrastructure is not as well developed as in most Western countries and more advanced Asian states.

Most of the world's major vendors of wireless technology, including Motorola Inc., Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc., have already achieved footholds in China.

Ericsson (China) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Stockholm-based L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., last week announced it will provide advisory services and WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) technology to China Motion Network Co. Ltd. , which plans to roll out wireless Internet access later this year, according to the Web site of the official People's Daily newspaper.

Intel last September set up a Wireless Competence Center in Stockholm, followed by one in Tsukuba, Japan, in February this year, according to a company statement.

The Beijing center will be run by Intel's Wireless Communications and Computing Group, established in December 1999, and already operating in an office at the company's main Beijing facility, according to Shum.

"We're starting to reach out to the industry, and we have the manager identified within Intel," Shum said. "We will start talking to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), ISVs (independent software vendors) and the cell phone industry."

Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-987-8080, or at http://www.intel.com/.

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