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    Intel's Manitoba chip made in Petah Tikva / Israel

    Just as it did with the personal computer market, so the Intel Corp. has set its sights on the cellular phone world. Last week it unveiled its Manitoba chip, with which it plans to dominate the cellphone market. The chip was developed in Israel by the engineers of DSPC, a Petah Tikva-based company that Intel bought in 1999 for $1.6 billion cash.

    Intel plans to promote the Manitoba chip as the chip for use in cellular appliances. It is a highly efficient chip, with capabilities and speed of operations that will set a new standard in the mobile phone world. The market is estimated to be worth several billion dollars annually. Each year around 400 million cellphones are sold worldwide and Intel believes this market, boosted by the advanced capabilities of the new chip, will be the major engine of growth for the company in the next few years. The Manitoba will combine baseband, application processing and two types of memory on a single chip, and would be Intel's first product using its wireless signal processing architecture.

    Head of Intel's research and development center in Petah Tikva, Ori Barkai, said the first telephones to be based on the new Israeli chip will be able to provide electronic mail services and new games, and will also be able to run videos at high quality and Java programs. One of its strengths that the phone user will appreciate, Barkai pointed out, is the longer battery life. "We are bringing a new solution to the market that has no comparison: Wireless Internet on a chip." Barkai spoke eloquently on the chip's outstanding memory and perfect integration. Intel is expected to distribute the first examples of Manitoba to cellphone manufacturers in the next few weeks. If all goes to plan, the production of the Manitoba chip will commence mid-2003 and the first mobile phones with this "Intel inside" will be on the shelves by the beginning of 2004.

    Current manufacturers of chips for cellular appliances, such as Motorola, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, will all be keenly watching Intel's moves. As Tony Sica, director of marketing for Intel's wireless communications and computing group told Reuters, "Intel has always been a very strong player in every market we go into. Our intention is to be number one or a strong number two.".

    The unveiling of the Manitoba is the first public step for Intel's long-term strategy which began with acquiring DSPC. The deal for $1.6 billion cash in October 1999 is still considered the largest cash deal in Israeli high-tech history.

    This is the second time recently that Intel Israel has taken prime place in the technological strategy of the chip giant. Intel Haifa, today responsible for all of Intel's projects in the field of portable computers, developed the Banias chip which Intel Corp unveiled recently in Japan. Intel's development center in Haifa was the first such center of the company outside of the United States.

    Around 450 workers are currently employed in Intel's Petah Tikva plant, 300 of them on the Manitoba project. Barkai said the center has taken on new engineers and is expected to expand even further in the future.

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