Intel Corp told the Wall Street Journal it has started a Microcomputer Labs unit to do its own long-term research into microprocessor design rather than just improving on approaches already laid out by mini, mainframe and supercomputer designers. It is headed by Richard Birt, has 70 staff and a reported budget of a few millions, compared to the $2,000m Intel spends on manufacturing and chip design every year. Meantime, the Hillsborough, Oregon-based Intel Architecture Labs has refocused on system hardware and software.
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