TechNation: Intel Names Karin Eibschitz Segal Head of Israel R&D

Lenovo weighing R&D and production facilities in Israel; Government planning auctions for extra 4G and new 5G frequencies

Hagai Frid

Intel names Karin Eibschitz Segal head of Israel R&D

Karin Eibschitz Segal is the new head of research and development operations in Israel for the semiconductor giant Intel, the U.S. company said on Sunday. She is replacing Ran Senderovitz, who ie being promoted to a senior position at Intel’s global headquarters in the U.S. As head of R&D, Eibschitz Segal holds one of the top three jobs at Intel Israel together with CEO Yaniv Garty and Daniel Benatar, who is in charge of local manufacturing operations. She will be responsible for 7,000 Intel Israel R&D employees working at centers in Haifa, Jerusalem and Petah Tikva. Eibschitz Segal joined Intel as a software developer in 2001 and rose through the ranks to become vice president for the manufacturing validation engineering group, which develops integrated hardware and software solutions for the company’s testing. She will retain that post as well as her new one, Intel said. (Ruti Levy) 

Lenovo weighing R&D and production facilities in Israel

Lenovo, the Chinese maker of personal computers, smartphones and other electronics, is weighing setting up a research and development center and/or manufacturing operations in Israel, Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen said on Monday after meeting with Liu Chuanzhi, chairman of Lenovo’s parent company, Legend Holdings. Lenovo, the world’s largest maker of PCs with an estimated 32% global market share, has investments in Israel as well as a sales operation. Meanwhile, Cohen said Legend was weighing buying Israeli startups in a field connected with its wide-ranging businesses, which range from finance to agriculture. Last month, Israel launched a program to lure multinational corporations like Legend that agree not only to conduct R&D in the country but also manufacturing. “We welcome all foreign investment in Israeli companies. At the same time, but want to target real investment, not just financial investments but investment in advanced manufacturing,” Cohen said. (Ruti Levy)

Government planning auctions for extra 4G and new 5G frequencies

The government is planning one or more auctions next year for additional 4G frequencies and the first 5G frequencies for cellular communications to help speed service, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara said on Sunday. “With the aim of improving the telecommunications infrastructure in Israel, I’ve named an expert team from the ministry to quickly prepare a tender to provide Israel with the most advanced service,” he said. The improved bandwidth will enable Israel to move ahead with plans for smart cities, cope with growing demand for bandwidth and facilitate development of smart homes. The 2011 auction for 3G service enabled Golan Telecom and Hot Telecom to enter the market a year later, and in 2015 the auction for fast 4G paved the way for Xphone to begin offering service by the end of this year. (Amitai Ziv)