Intel tapping into digital transformation

May 02, 2023 | 11:00
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US tech giant Intel is driving innovation to enable its customers to unleash the potential of digital tech. Simon Chan, managing director of Intel’s Sales, Marketing & Communications Group for Southeast/South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, talked to VIR’s Bich Thuy about its strategy and plans to become a chip champion once again.

Last year’s US Chips Act committed $52 billion in direct subsidies to support semiconductor manufacturing and boost research and development, along with an estimated $24 billion worth of tax credits over the next eight years. Can Intel take this opportunity to become the leader in chips?

Intel tapping into digital transformation
Simon Chan, managing director of Intel’s Sales, Marketing & Communications Group for Southeast/South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand

Intel’s transformation is underway. We have the right strategy in place and while we still have work to do, we are making tangible progress against it.

We took an aggressive goal of delivering five process nodes in four years and we are on track, and we pledged to open our manufacturing network to the world and create a foundry business. The industry is responding well to our systems’ foundry approach and we’re seeing strong momentum.

We are delivering a predictable cadence of leadership products in every category we participate in. For example, Intel is well into the ramp of 13th Gen Intel Core, and the launch of Meteor Lake is on track for later this year.

The fourth-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors are ramping up well, having provided an update on the health of the roadmap at the end of March. We also strongly boosted our discrete graphics efforts, with products from all segments of the accelerated computing systems and graphics group entering production.

In Vietnam, does Intel have any plans to cooperate with domestic companies in chip manufacturing?

As of now, we have been working with local companies to develop our supplier network. We currently have around 220 suppliers in Vietnam, and this represents 12-fold growth since our inception.

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that they as entities – and their teams as individuals – are absolutely world-class parts of our global supply chain. Further, we work with them to expand their businesses and service offerings.

The twin digital and green transition is now an inevitable trend in Vietnam and globally. How can Intel’s strategies align with this?

The five foundational “tech superpowers” – computing, connectivity, infrastructure, AI, and sensing – are profoundly shaping how we experience the world by creating the bridge from the analogue to the digital age.

In the next decade, we will see a continued move to digital for everything, and as those superpowers become more ubiquitous. They in turn will unlock even more powerful new possibilities, from fully immersive digital experiences and intelligent avatars to virtual economies, metaverse-like experiences, and more.

Intel will keep meeting the world’s increasing computing power needs with tech and product innovation, helping build the foundation of digitalisation. We will continue to apply our reach, scale, and resources to drive innovation to enable our customers to unleash the potential of digital tech now and into the future.

At Intel, we make sustainability a priority, and are extremely proud of our long-standing leadership in corporate responsibility and sustainability.

At Intel Products Vietnam specifically, over the past 11 years, our manufacturing operations have undertaken sustainable energy initiatives, such as saving 40M KwH of power consumption, and generating 2.68M KwH through solar power. This has helped reduce 13,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

We have also worked on water initiatives including all hazardous wastewater being treated and recycled, and one million cubic metres of water has been saved or recycled. And around 46,000sq.m of office buildings have been LEED certificated.

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