Intel abandons plans to design Xeon chip in India

By agencies   |   Thursday, 27 October 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: IndiaÂ’s ambitions of emerging a global chip design and development hub has suffered a big setback as Intel has abandoned Project Whitefield to develop Xeon processors for servers with more than four processors, a paper reported.

According to a report appearing in the Times of India, Intel has also shelved the new enterprise server platform, code-named New Town, also under development in India and which was to use the Whitefield processor. The company said the projects have been shelved “since no work on this has happened for over a month.”

Intel had invested heavily in the project, both in infrastructure and people, drawing in some of the brightest talent. Some 600 people are said to be employed in the core hardware part of the project.

Intel said a new chip processor called Tigerton being developed in Israel is replacing the Whitefield chip. A part of the Whitefield team is expected to be used for testing and validation of certain server platforms, the paper said.

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