Intel, Qualcomm Intensify Focus on China's Data Center Market

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-01-27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Intel and Qualcomm have long had a presence in China. We look at their efforts in the country, including in the data center market.
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Intel and Qualcomm this month each unveiled partnerships with Chinese entities that will open the door wider to getting their data center processors into the country's market. Qualcomm is launching a joint venture with a Chinese province to build the company's upcoming data center systems-on-a-chip (SoCs). A day later, Intel said it will work with two entities to build data center offerings based on its Xeon processors. Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy, said: "This announcement answers a lot of questions on how Intel will compete for China's data center market in an environment where Chinese companies want more control and a government who wants more of a say around security. … The Chinese server chip space is heating up for sure, and Intel has given its rivals yet another thing to contend with." Intel has had a presence in China for three decades; Qualcomm for two. Both have made significant moves in recent years to expand their presence there. Others—from Dell to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to OpenPower—are making a push into the country. This slide show highlights some of the recent efforts by Intel and Qualcomm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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