Intel signs on for Saudi PC scheme

Saudi Arabia’s ‘PCs for Homes’ initiative is moving closer to reality with chip giant Intel agreeing to supply processors for the venture.

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By  Peter Branton Published  November 16, 2004

Saudi Arabia’s ‘PCs for Homes’ initiative is moving closer to reality with chip giant Intel agreeing to supply processors for the venture. Senior Intel executives signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Arabian Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) to supply Pentium 4 3GHz processors with hyper threading for the initiative. ‘PCs for Homes’ has a target of bringing PC ownership to a million more families in the Kingdom in the next five years. Working in association with private companies, the plan is to make affordable PC ownership a reality for a wider section of the population and increase IT awareness in the Kingdom. A number of vendors are believed to be bidding to supply products for the initiative, with HP Middle East managing director Joseph Hanania recently claiming his company was in a strong position to win contracts thanks to its PC assembly plant which it established in Saudi Arabia more than a year ago.

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