“When the pandemic started, in 2020, it was a moment of ‘shock’ around the world, no one knew what was going to happen and we quickly started to see demand for our products growing exponentially,” explained Cardona on the occasion of Intel Satisfying this Thursday 30 years of the presence in Mexico.
Intel currently employs approximately 2,000 engineers at its development center in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, one of the company’s leading design and validation centers in the Americas.
“During the pandemic, Intel Mexico increased its jobs by 50% at its design and development center in Guadalajara where, before the pandemic, it had approximately 1,300 engineers,” Cardona said.
Mexican Silicon Valley
He recalled that the arrival of Intel in Guadalajara, a city considered the Mexican Silicon Valley, sparked a big expansion of tech companies in Jalisco and Mexico “many more companies started coming in and that’s the biggest proof of the value of Mexican talent.”
He pointed out that few people in the world know that the 95% of Internet infrastructure “It’s running on Intel, which is literally the world is running on Intel and that’s spurred demand for our products.”
“Let’s imagine for a moment our life during the pandemic without the internet, what would it have been like?”
He added that this explosion in demand for technology products was causing a shortage of semiconductors, a crisis that has affected several industries, including technology and the automotive industry.
“Intel was here to respond and not just for now but for the future because when we have 50 billion connected devices we will need many more. millions of semiconductors and for that Intel is building the manufacturing capacity, to source for us and manufacture to third parties,” he pointed out.
Computers, cell phones and cars
Cardona insists that semiconductors are part of people’s daily lives in computers, cell phones, voice assistants, video game consoles, smart TVs and home appliances, plus, of course, in cars.
Semiconductors are materials which, under certain circumstances, allow the passage of Electric power, while in other conditions they behave as insulators.
Semiconductor manufacturing “is one of the most complex processes that humans perform”. In the process of making a “chip” from Intel, it takes 20 weeks.
The pandemic as an opportunity
Cardona indicated that one of the great advantages of Intel “is that it is practically the only manufacturer that currently does everything under one roof: we design, manufacture and produce” and thanks to this, now with the pandemic, a opportunity was seen: manufacture their technology to other companies.
“Many companies lack the capability to manufacture semiconductors because it is one of the most complex processes that humans perform. There are companies that can design their own “chips” but they don’t necessarily have the capacity to manufacture and what we do is build that manufacturing capacity to sell to third parties,” he explained.
He said that the central idea in this objective is “if you don’t have the capacity, use Intel’s factories, we are available to manufacture all this amount of semiconductors that the world will need.
Cardona explained that with these advances, there will be industries that are going to be completely transformed, such as the automotive industry, where currently semiconductors “are essential for a state-of-the-art vehicle.
Semiconductors in automobiles
By 2030, about 30% of the components a car will need will be semiconductors, so automakers “won’t make cars if they don’t.” computers on wheels.
“We want to enrich the lives of people around the world with investments because through technologies At Intel, we touch every person on the planet. It’s an ambitious mission but it’s part of what we want to do,” he explained.
Cardona recalled that in recent years Intel has invested 20 billion dollars in Arizona, the same amount in the state of Ohio, USA, plus an additional $3.5 trillion in New Mexico.
In Latin America, they will invest $700 million in the following three years in Costa Rica and more than 80,000 million dollars in Europe “for both manufacturing and research and development”.
“The total is greater than $100 billion investment to ensure that we will have all the necessary production capacity,” he concluded.