Hyderabad: US-based chip company Intel has opened its design & engineering centre in Hyderabad, which will design next generation computing and communications technology. The company’s expansion in Hyderabad is expected to further strengthen collaborations with the government, industry and academia towards accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in the State.
The facility formally inaugurated by Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao is spread over 3 lakh sq ft comprising of six LEED Platinum floors with a 1,500 seat capacity. The facility also hosts an incubation centre for hardware and software startups as well as Intel India Maker Lab. Intel wants to generate unicorns through these facilities.
Intel’s new design and engineering centre will make contributions to critical global products and technologies across next generation system on chip (SOCs), graphics, hardware platforms and software. The centre which currently houses around 380 personnel is expected to employ about 1,500 professionals by end of 2020.
The facility will also contribute to computing and communications technology innovations engaged towards addressing critical challenges and advance the company’s engagement with Hyderabad’s IT ecosystem by encouraging entrepreneurship and research. It also aims to work on Exascale Computing that will help handle large size of data and analyse data for wide applications.
Raja M Koduri, senior VP, Intel Corporation said, “The Hyderabad site will help Intel deliver our graphic processing unit (GPU) roadmap.”
He added, “Today, we are generating a lot of data that we are not able to understand and analyse real-time. For this, we need Exascale computing, to be able to analyse the data that is generated through phones, cameras and sensors. This will protect citizens from across the world.”
“We have made significant impact in areas such as cloud, graphics, artificial intelligence, 5G and autonomous systems and our new design facility in Hyderabad will enable us to further boost innovation for India and the world,” said Nivruti Rai, country head, Intel India and VP of Data Center Group, Intel Corporation.
When asked about the timelines set for Exascale Computing, she said, “Intel aims to complete it by 2022. Exascale will help solve larger problems such as predicting monsoon, storms, high temperatures and process large number of data. It will also have applications in financial markets to calculate growth in different segments. We will be roping in partners for this project.”
Intel, TS partnership
Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, IT, Telangana, said, “Intel will bring value to the ecosystem that we are building in Hyderabad. There had been fruitful partnerships with the company in the past. Intel earlier collaborated with IIIT-Hyderabad to work on artificial intelligence in the areas such as transportation. Intel could explore setting up a full-fledged centre of excellence at IIIT for AI focused on mobility. Telangana government plans to set up a blockchain training centre for capacity building with the help of Intel. The State is also developing capabilities in the very-large-scale integration (VLSI) space with industry support. We are seeing growth across areas.”