The world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, California-based Intel, has announced that it will become the first semiconductor manufacturer in Burma with plans to begin providing its technologies via local Ingram Micro distributor KMD next year.
It said it will make effective immediately its Intel central processing units (CPUs), motherboards and solid-state drives, and that it will work with multinational brands to support their entry to Burma.
“We are encouraged by developments in Myanmar and believe that now is the right time for Intel to be supporting the nation's growth,” said Uday Marty, managing director of Intel's business in Southeast Asia.
“Intel looks forward to being a partner to Myanmar. Our support will include both our leading technologies and education programmes, which together make a difference to nations globally.
“Intel will focus its skills and resources in ways which can improve the social and economic welfare and prospects of the people of Myanmar. In addition to our technologies, it is our intention to explore partnerships with the Myanmar government on education and digital literacy in 2013,” Marty said.
Intel's Thailand office will reportedly play a significant leadership role in sales and marketing.
“As the world leader and innovator in technology development, Intel believes that technology has tremendous potential to improve lives and position nations for greater global competitiveness,” Marty said.