Computer chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA, U.S.) says it has opened a research and development center in Korea focused on wireless communications and multimedia.
Korea, which has one of the most developed markets in the world for cellular phones and high-speed Internet access, joins other Intel research sites in Asia, including India, Malaysia, and China, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said.
The move follows a similar investment by International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), which said in October 2003 that it would open a research laboratory in Korea.
Among the center's priorities will be a short-range wireless technology called ultrawideband (UWB) which Intel is backing as a way to link PC and electronics components, Intel said.
Intel said it tapped K.S. Lee, who previously worked for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in its digital media network business, as the first director of the center. (Reuters)
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