PHOTO - (Right) Senior vice president and general manager of Intel's technology and manufacturing group, Gerry Parker officiating the opening of the Penang Design Centre on 12 November 1992. He is joined by SH Wong, general manager of Asia's Embedded Microcontroller Division Centre (middle).
Technology provider Intel celebrated a 20-year history of research and development into processors and microcontrollers at its Penang Design Centre (PDC) at the end of September 2011.
Now staffed by more than 1,000 engineers who are Malaysians, PDC was established in 1991 with about 30 engineers, said Intel Malaysia managing director, Robin Martin.
"Though the PDC began with cost reduction projects in the early years, it has become a full blown award-winning design centre with a wide range of responsibilities," said Martin. "Some areas that the PDC is involved in include advanced silicon design, package design, validation, product development, and customer enablement for central processing units (CPUs) and chipsets and System-On-Chip (SOC) in the mainstream client segments as well as in the low cost and low power processors segment."
"The PDC is now an organisation under the Intel Architecture Group, is also the single largest advanced silicon design and development organisation in Southeast Asia with more than RM1 billion [US$ ] invested in research and development to date," he added. "Given its strategic location in the region, the PDC also provides technical support to key PC manufacturers in Asia Pacific."
"Intel continues to elevate Malaysia's position in the global economic value chain by training thousands of Malaysians to become highly skilled knowledge workers," said Martin. "The many successes that the Penang Design Center has achieved in its 20 years are a testament of Intel's commitment to drive Malaysia to embrace a high income economy by shifting the country's competitiveness based on low cost labour to high technology services sectors."
During its history, the PDC has achieved many innovation milestones, which includes delivering state of the art Intel architecture silicon products such as the latest Intel Core i7 processor, the Intel Atom processor for nettops and netbooks, as well as supporting chipsets, said Martin.
Other key milestones and highlights for PDC include:
- Designing the new 8-bit/16-bit microcontrollers (early 1990s - 1994)
- Winning the Intel Perfect Design Quality (PDQ2) Award (1999 - 2000)
- Developing the I/O Controller Hub 4 (ICH4) that supports Intel Centrino (2001-2002)
- Delivering the highest performance integrated USB2.0 chipset (2002)
- Delivering the ICH4M chipset for the Intel® Centrino platform (2003)
- Garnering the PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award for PC Components (2004)
- Full design ownership for Intel Core 2 Solo codename Millville (2005 - 2006)
- Contributing significantly to the design and validation of the 1st Generation Intel Core processor family microarchitecture codename Nehalem (2008)
- Part of the global team that garnered the 2010 EE Times ACE "Design Team of the Year" Award and the prestigious Intel Quality Award for 2010
- Delivering the chipset for the 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM processor family platform codename Cougar Point. (2010)
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