On Thursday, chipmaker Intel unveiled a new 44 acre grand campus in Bengaluru. The campus has been built at a cost of Rs 1100 crores. Intel's Hyderabad and Bengaluru campuses together form its second largest campus outside the US.
The campus includes 6.2 lakh sq ft of space, which houses a 1 lakh sq ft lab infrastructure. There is also room to house technologists to work on cutting-edge engineering across hardware and software, said a statement. The statement also added that Intel had cumulatively invested Rs 30,000 crores or $5 billion in the country.
Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and Bob Swan, CFO and interim CEO of Intel Corporation innaugrated the facility.
"This year Intel celebrated its 50th anniversary, marking a half-century of innovation that has profoundly changed the world...Intel India has grown tremendously over the past 20 years to become a strategic site and a key growth engine for Intel as it transforms into a data-centric company," Swan said.
The inauguration of the new research and development (R&D) facility reinforces Intel's commitment to India, he added.
Intel India’s new design facility in Bengaluru was inaugurated by @manojsinhabjp Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (I/C) & Minister of State for Railways, GoI, along with Bob Swan, Interim CEO @Intel & Nivruti Rai @rnivruti. #IntelIndia20years pic.twitter.com/fpbUPNaHHm— Intel India (@IntelIndia) November 15, 2018
"Intel India plays a strategic role in Intel's growth by making significant contributions to Intel's technology and product portfolio in areas such as cloud, client, graphics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G and advanced driver assistance system," Nivruti Rai, Country Head of Intel India and VP of Data Centre Group at Intel Corporation said.
The company is excited "about the opportunities to innovate, collaborate and contribute towards a better India and a better world, especially the work we are doing in the area of urban and rural connectivity, AI and enabling the manufacturing ecosystem in India," Rai further said.
The company has also collaborated with the Indian government to institute national-level awards named in honour of former President and eminent scientist, late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
These annual awards have been introduced with the intent to recognise and celebrate the pioneering work and contributions made by distinguished scientists and innovators across three categories- Product Innovation, Technology Advancement, and Research.