Intel Corp, Santa Clara is planning a special quality control programme to target the Japanese semiconductor market, and will establish dedicated lines in its main semiconductor plants to do microprocessors for the Japanese market. The first shipments are planned for February next year. The parts will be semifinished at Intel’s five US plants, and assembled in Penang en route for Japan. Production decisions will be made via an dedicated link between the Santa Clara and Intel Japan. The first Japan-quality parts will be 80286 and 80386 microprocessors, and 8051 microcontrollers, with EPROMs to follow.