Intel strikes Moblin, Wimax deals in Taiwan

Intel has struck separate deals in Taiwan to establish a Moblin development center and invest in a local Wimax operator.

One deal announced Thursday with Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will see the joint establishment of an 'enabling centre' for Moblin, Intel's open source software stack and toolkit aimed at developing apps for devices based on Intel's Atom processor.

Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini said the Moblin Enabling Center's laboratory and its engineers will train and consult to device and software vendors, helping them to bring Atom/Moblin-powered devices like MIDs and 'in-vehicle-infotainment systems' to market faster.

Intel will supply engineering talent, software development resources and software contributions from its Moblin web site to the center.

Meanwhile, Intel also said its global investment arm, Intel Capital, will invest NT$386 million ($11.5 million) in Taiwanese carrier VMAX to help it achieve commercial rollout of a 2.5-GHz mobile Wimax network within the first half of next year.

The investment is still 'subject to closing conditions', Otellini said in a statement.

VMAX, whose shareholders include Teco Electric & Machinery, Tecom and Vibo Telecom, received a license in July 2007 to offer 2.5 GHz Wimax services in North Taiwan.

Intel Capital says it has invested in 30 Wimax technology companies and service providers worldwide, including Malaysia's PacketOne and Japan's UQ Communications.