Intel Corp, the world’s largest chip maker, will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government on cloud computing industry development when its chief executive visits Taipei later this month, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said yesterday.
Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini is scheduled to arrive in Taipei on Oct. 28 and will sign the third MOU between the company and the nation with Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) later that day, the official said.
“Otellini and Shih will then host a news conference to reaffirm their commitment on collaboration in developing the cloud computing industry,” the ministry official said.
With Microsoft and IBM expected to set up cloud computing R&D centers in Taiwan, the official said, the ministry will aggressively try to persuade Intel to set up an R&D center here as well.
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (工研院), the Institute for Information Industry (資策會), local university data centers and manufacturers in the information industry are also likely to take part in the plan to establish the R&D center, the official said.
He said that as Taiwan is a major supplier of global information technology and equipment, it is understandable that Intel is planning to work with Taiwan to develop cloud computing technologies.
However, Intel is still considering whether to establish a separate R&D center or expand its existing center to include cloud computing, he said.
The ministry and Intel Taiwan signed two MOUs in 2005 and 2008 respectively, for developing WiMAX wireless technology.