Intel Taiwan confirms CEO visit


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Intel Corp.’s chief executive will visit Taiwan later this month as part of his Asian trip to visit business partners, the Taiwan branch of the world’s largest chipmaker confirmed yesterday.

“Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini will arrive in Taipei on Oct. 28 to meet clients in Taiwan. He will have a brief stay here,” an Intel Taiwan spokeswoman told the CNA in a telephone interview.

But the spokeswoman declined to confirm whether Otellini would meet Acer Inc. Chairman J.T. Wang or President Ma Ying-jeou as local media had speculated.

“We cannot offer more details on the trip now, as many things are not confirmed yet,”she said.

Otellini’s visit is highly anticipated in Taiwan following Intel’s closure of its WiMAX Program Office (WPO) in June sparked speculation that it was withdrawing support for the broadband wireless technology in which Taiwan has made significant investments.

Wang, who doubles as chairman of the Taipei Computer Association, has expressed serious concerns over closure of the WPO, which was set up to promote the technology.

Intel Taiwan has said that the closure was “simply a small internal restructuring plan” and that the plan does not signal any change in Intel’s commitment to WiMAX.

The spokeswoman said Sunday that Otellini’s upcoming visit was not aimed at clarifying its stance over the WiMAX controversy, but stressed that Intel has an “ongoing” cooperation with the Taiwan government in the field.

Asked if Otellini would sign a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs on cloud computing industry development or with the semi-official Industrial Technology Research Institute for the development of 4G wireless technology,the spokeswoman refused to confirm.

“Everything is still under assessment,” she said. Otellini has visited Taiwan several times and he, during this Asian trip, will also visit Vietnam, according to the spokeswoman.