Intel taps Russian talent

May 28, 2004 — Intel Corp. reportedly has hired approximately 600 engineers in Russia, boosting its domestic workforce to roughly 1000, according to several news reports.

The deal, signed by Intel’s venture capital and the Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies (MCST), developer of the Elbrus 0.13-micron processor, and its subsidiary Unipro, creates new Intel research centers in Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow to Intel’s existing locations in Nizhny Novogorod and Sarov.

Intel also will receive licensing rights to the firms’ patents, according to the Moscow Times. “Instead of outsourcing them, we hired them,” said Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy, quoted in a CNet report.

Financial details were not disclosed, although Elbrus founder and CTO Boris Babayan admitted that the employees’ salaries would be increased significantly.


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