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by Mike Zazaian November 3, 2006 - 12:19am, 17 Comments

Chinese students using computers

In an effort to broaden the future of the Chinese technology market, Intel will spend some serious bucks to help Chinese teachers train students in IT.

According to the Hong-Kong-based Sentinel, Intel has inked a deal with the Chinese Ministry of Education to give 10,000 personal computers to rural public schools by 2008. In addition the company will provide technological training to as many as one million Chinese teachers, in turn educating over 100 million students in crucial information technologies by 2011. Said Intel Chariman Craig Barrett:

Knowledge is the new principal commodity and education is the key for any nation’s competitiveness.

The move comes just one month after AMD signed on with Founder Technolgies, the second-largest PC manufacturer in China. Founder notebooks and desktops alike will sport AMD 64 chips over the next few years, shipping over 2.5 million units annually throughout China alone. By featuring its chips in Founder products AMD will strengthen its place in the burgeoning international market, from which the company currently receives 79 percent of its revenue.

With such a strong hold on the future of the Chinese market, AMD will also benefit from Intel’s benevolence in the Chinese educational system. But even with the Founder deal under its belt, AMD will still cower to Intel’s presence in China. Intel China currently boasts over 5,000 employees employed primarily in assembly, testing and R&D divisions across the country. Intel set up shop in China over 20 years ago, and has continued to invest in the country’s ever-growing technological sector and young engineers.

In 2005 the company set up the Intel Capital China Technology Fund, in which $200 million was earmarked, to develop talent, products, processes and services, and to support China’s pursuit of opportunities worldwide. However, Intel has yet to disclose the expected costs of the donated computers and teacher training.

Via Forbes
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