Intel | Success story at the business location Dresden
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Intel | Success story at the business location Dresden
Christin Eisenschmid

Intel General Manager Germany, Intel Mobile Communications GmbH

Marcel Moneke
PR-Assistenz, Flutlicht GmbH (PR-Agency)
Phone: +49 911 47495 27

Intel Mobile Communications: Tracking down the Mobile Network Standard of the Future

In 2010, Blue Wonder Communications, a Dresden start-up founded in 2008, became part of Intel. At its Dresden site, Intel develops technology for the fourth generation of mobile networks and the mobile communications standard LTE (Long Term Evolution).

Intel’s Dresden site (former Blue Wonder Communications) emerged from Dr. Gerhard Fettweis‘s Vodafone Chair at the Technical University Dresden. In 1999, Fettweis founded the start-up Systemonic with 12 employees, and the enterprise quickly established itself in the communications sector and became part of Philips in 2002.  Blue Wonder Communications emerged from Philips and today is an integral part of Intel. “Our relationship with Professor Fettweis has continued through various activities,” Christin Eisenschmid, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Germany, says.
The most important factors in the successful development of the Dresden location are the continuous tapping of new business segments, the intensive exchange of knowledge with university and non-university institutions, constant investment into research and development, and the individual achievements of the highly qualified staff. Intel Dresden has about 120 employees and develops technology for the fourth generation of mobile networks and mobile communications standard LTE.
Technologies for Tomorrow‘s Mobile Communication
The worlds of computers and telecommunications grow together. Many notebooks are able to access the Internet everywhere and at any time; for the most part accessed via a particular USB stick, but more and more through an integrated mobile communications modem. “Intel’s goal is to advance the interconnectedness of the world with innovative and rigorously synchronized mobile communications solutions,” Eisenschmid says.
 In the near future Intel will be able to integrate mobile communications technology and application processors into intelligent solutions. In order to achieve this goal, Intel Dresden is developing technology for the fourth generation of mobile networks (4G) and the closely related mobile communications standard LTE. The technologies developed in Dresden are used for devices that require maximum mobility like tablets, laptops, ultra books, and wearable devices like smart watches. The Dresden products also serve wireless communication such as at-home devices or machine-to-machine communications in stationary environments. LTE technology, for instance, is an integral part of the Intel XMM™ 7160 multimode platform that is used in Samsung Galaxy tablets and Galaxy Note Smart Phones. “LTE allows for unique and universal Internet access and connects about half a billion people worldwide,” Eisenschmid says. The technology makes short reaction times possible, and high-speed data transmission rates of 450 Mbit/s and more, while being highly energy efficient, an essential factor in mobile applications. In addition, Intel Dresden conducts fundamental research for future LTE products, and products that support future LTE versions. Intel is also actively working on the fifth generation of wireless systems (5G) and is involved in several 5G-projects.  
“We are intensively working on standardization, contributing to research and preparing products and architectures for the next generation network,” Eisenschmid says. For this reason the company is closely collaborating with partners from the Technical University Dresden, the HTW Dresden - University of Applied Sciences, and the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences.
Profiting from Research and Knowledge Networks
Asked about the attractiveness of Dresden as an Intel location, Eisenschmid says: “Dresden’s appeal is a combination of different factors. The many regional universities and non-university facilities have encouraged the development of a dense research and knowledge network that benefits local businesses.” In addition, the regional labor market offers highly qualified engineers, which is essential for a large and important IT and microelectronics industry location. The intense support Saxony’s industry experiences from Sächsische AufbauBank, for instance, is another factor that according to Eisenschmid contributes to Dresden as an attractive industry location. “It is the many things Dresden has to offer that make it an appealing place to live and positively influence the influx of highly qualified workers,” Eisenschmid says.
Dresden offers an ideal Mix of Research, Development and Production
Intel considers the Dresden industry location, which is one of the largest European locations in the semiconductor industry, an ecosystem of university facilities and small-and-large IT and semiconductor enterprises. “The region offers an ideal mix of production, manufacturing, research and development,” Eisenschmid says. “Dresden also stands out for its broad diversification in research and development.” In addition to the mobile communications industry, Dresden features significant market participation from the automotive, the information display industry (electronic displays such as televisions and computer monitors), the storage and memory industry and the low power microelectronics sector. Another factor that strengthens Dresden as an industry location nationally and internationally is the industry association Silicon Saxony, one of the largest and most successful industry associations of the semiconductor, electronics and microelectronics sectors in Europe.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.