HANGZHOU, China, Oct. 31, 2007 – Reinforcing its commitment to foster innovation through local technology companies, Intel Corporation today opened a software innovation and support center in Hangzhou, the capital of East China’s Zhejiang Province. The Intel Zhejiang Software Technology Innovation Support Center is expected to become one of the largest software development, testing and validation centers in Asia with one of the region’s most advanced high-performance computer centers for visual rendering.

The Zhejiang province is a leading hub for software development in China. It is home to approximately 1,000 software companies and produces about 10,000 software engineering graduates from its 36 universities each year. The innovation support center will offer the latest Intel hardware and software technologies, and share worldwide best-known-methods for software optimization, testing and validation to help local software vendors innovate around Intel processor technologies.

“We are very glad to see the kick-off of Intel Zhengjiang Software Technology Innovation Center as the fulfillment of last year’s memorandum of understanding with Intel,” said Yongming Wang, the vice governor of the Zhejiang Province. “The establishment of the Intel Technology Innovation Center will combine resources from technology providers and government and bring advanced knowledge and technologies from a world leader such as Intel to Zhejiang’s software companies. “This will enhance the innovation capabilities of local software companies and strengthen the competitive advantage of the ecosystem of the high-tech industry in Zhejiang.”