India’s domestic contract manufacturer VVDN has landed a deal with US-based chipmaker Intel to develop Intel-based client, data center and IoT products across key verticals such as telecom, networking, cloud and 5G.
Both companies will work together under the strategic collaboration to define product roadmaps, build new ecosystem alliances and work on joint go-to-market strategies within India and globally for Intel-based products in alignment with market needs.
India is a key market for Intel’s telecom and networking products. It works with both Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio to develop 4G and 5G virtualized RAN (vRAN) and Open RAN technologies.
“Our collaboration with VVDN is core to our strategy of building new alliances that help enable access, opportunities and boost local supply chain. We will continue to work with the government, industry, and community to create meaningful impact for the country,” said Steve Long, corporate sales VP for Intel’s Marketing and Communications Group & General Manager of Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) Region, in a joint statement.
Intel looks to leverage PLI
With the partnership, Intel is looking to leverage VVDN’s reach to leverage local incentives under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.
India’s PLI scheme offers financial incentives to boost domestic manufacturing and make it more resilient to supply chain disruptions. After its success of mobile phone manufacturing, the PLI scheme was extended to IT hardware, telecom and networking, although this has been less successful.
“At Intel, we feel strongly about India’s tremendous promise for impactful technology innovation. India has made incredible progress in electronics component making and chip designing and we are excited about the opportunities that the Government of India’s Make in India program is creating for the local technology ecosystem,” Long said.
VVDN looks to improve positioning
Puneet Agarwal, CEO and co-founder of VVDN Technologies, said the collaboration will improve its positioning to help customers accelerate next-gen innovative solution development and manufacturing with early access to new technologies from Intel, as well as support in the local supply chain.
VVDN previously landed a similar deal with Taiwan’ chipmaker MediaTek in 2020. Under that partnership, both companies are working closely to design, develop, and manufacture IoT solutions, including camera solutions, home automation solutions, and voice assistant devices and smart speakers for home and office use.