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.

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