Bangalore: World’s largest chip maker Intel Corp. plans to take technology solutions built in India to other emerging markets such as China and Brazil.
Intel has already taken designs of the rural personal computer, or a rugged PC, built by its Bangalore researchers for India, to be sold in China and Mexico.
The rural PC, which can be powered by a car battery, has been designed to tackle adverse weather conditions, including heat, dust and humidity.
Intel’s India team has created the reference design for the rural PC, based on its chip platform and built by assemblers and vendors.
“Our team of ethnographers had spent considerable time in India studying how various culture groups relate to technology and use it, helping develop newer products,” said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer for Intel.
Rattner, who also heads the corporate technology group at Intel as a director, said the company was developing more technologies in India such as mobile health monitoring systems, which could be taken to other developing countries.
An Indian group, in collaboration with the US team, has developed a prototype for a mobile health monitoring system, which monitors multiple physiological parameters such as blood pressure, pulse rate and electrocardiograph, using a wireless body area network on a real-time basis for enabling quick investigation and treatment.
“The information acquired will be used to investigate the challenges associated with the wireless health monitoring such as ease of use, mobility, power efficiency and reliability” said Vittal Kini, director, Intel India Research Center.
A prototype of the device, in its second year of research, could take another four to five years to get commercialized, Kini said.
Intel has about 3,000 engineers developing its products in India. Intel India president Praveen Vishakantaiah said the company has been scaling up its development team in India, but declined to give any numbers.