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Intel, Baidu Sign China Search Agreement

Intel China and Baidu.com said today they will work to develop search applications for the growing China Internet market.

The two companies will cooperate on "Internet search applications for laptops, handsets and PCs," according to the chip giant. Baidu already uses the Intel platform.

"Baidu is the most frequently used search engine in China with an enormous user base," according to a statement by Thomas Kilroy, vice president of Intel Corporation and General Manager of the Digital Enterprise Group.

"We are pleased to join hands with Intel in making Internet search more convenient and fun for people on their wireless devices and home appliances," said Jerry Liu, CTO of Baidu, in a statement.

The news follows Google's announcement it will open a research site in Beijing.

Google is second to Baidu in the share of the burgeoning Chinese Internet market. Also, earlier this year, Google reportedly switched to chips from Intel rival AMD.

Intel's platform "will surely provide powerful back-end support for hundreds of millions of users of Baidu," said Kilroy.

Baidu is known as the "Google of China." When the search company made its U.S. debut, its stock shot 354 percent on its first day of trading.