Intel pledged to increase its spending in Taiwan this year by 50 per cent, and donated a batch of high-end Pentium II PCs to local software developers at its recent technology forum for the region.
Intel's chairman and CEO Andy Grove said the island's PC makers play a crucial role in the global PC industry, producing half of the world's motherboard supply, over one-third of its notebook PCs and some 60 per cent of its graphics cards.
"If Taiwan stopped working, the world's computer industry would come to a halt," said Grove.
Intel, which has been purchasing components and other items from Taiwan since 1989, this year expects to increase its spending by some 50 per cent to $US240 million, the company said.
In an effort to expand its support to Taiwan's fledgling software industry, Intel also donated 80 high-end 400MHz Pentium II development systems to local software developers.