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Intel’s Chinese partnership set to blossom

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Intel Developer Forum, Shanghai – The partnership that Intel and China has developed over the past 22 years is set to flourish over the next few years as the demand for PCs and notebooks in the region far outstrips that in other traditional markets such as the US.

Ian Yang, vice-president and GM of Intel PRC (Peoples Republic of China), says that the market for PCs reached 37-million and the figure for notebooks was 9-million at the end of last year, and that research firm IDC predicts that China's CAGR in this sector between 2007 and 2012 will be 17%. This is more than three times the CAGR estimated for the US which, IDC says, will only enjoy growth for the comparitive period of about 5%.
The boom in Internet usage in China, Yang says, is the main reason the country will experience this phenomenal growth rate.
"The big driver [behind PC and notebook sales] is the Internet, coupled with new technologies that are becoming available," Yang says. "The growth of the Internet in China is huge."
Intel opened its first office in China – in Beijing – in 1985 "in the days when the Chinese questioned why PCs should replace typewriters", according to Yang, and has invested close to $4-billion in the country since then.
"Today, Intel PRC has more than 7 000 employees in 16 offices throughout China," he says, adding that the opening of a facility in Shanghai in 1996 lent momentum to the city becoming China's "Silicon Valley".
The latest major investment by Intel was Fab 68 last year – a facility which bodes well for both Intel and China, according to Yang.
"The number 68 is a very good number in China," he says. "And 1968 was also the year that Intel was born."
 He predicts a rosy future for the collaboration between the two.
"Intel grows with China heart to heart," he says. "And in th future, we will continue to join hands and grow with China."