July 17, 2006 11:37 AM PDT

Intel Haifa staff work among the chaos

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In Israel, high tech on the edge

June 30, 2006
Missiles are landing in Israel's tech center, but people are still working.

Companies with development offices in Israel's northern city of Haifa have not shut down, but they are taking extreme precautions. Intel has moved employees in Haifa, which is located about 20 miles south of the Lebanese border, into a bomb shelter equipped with Wi-Fi, an Intel Israel representative told Reuters.

Intel's Haifa offices are located near the beach in the same office park as Royal Philips Electronics, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and others. The government has not ordered a mandatory curfew in the city, which was hit by a barrage of Hezbollah rockets on Sunday.

"Work is still going on, and we don't see any impact on output."
--Kobi Bachar, Intel Israel spokesman

Intel has also put into place "business continuity" plans, company spokesman Chuck Mulloy said. In addition to its Haifa research and development center, where approximately 2,400 employees work, Intel has offices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and operates a plant at Kiryat Gat.

The fab is toward the center of the country. News reports in the region, nonetheless, have speculated that some missiles could reach central Israel. So far, missiles have hit 45 kilometers south of Haifa. Tel Aviv is about 100 kilometers south of Haifa.

Employees can work at home, too, Mulloy said.

"Those working from home have connections and laptops with wireless, so there is no problem with connectivity," Intel Israel spokesman Kobi Bachar told Reuters. "Work is still going on, and we don't see any impact on output."

Meanwhile, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, an engineering university in Haifa that serves as a feeder school for the tech industry, has ordered everyone to stay home. On Sunday, when a bomb hit the city, killing eight people, 500 students were in the middle of exams and were told to evacuate the campus.

"In view of the rocket attacks on Haifa, all Technion campus activities are suspended until further notice. Students and workers are requested not to come to the Technion campus until further notice," the university's Web site stated.

Although Technion is shut, it is likely that researchers at the university will continue to work, as the school often works tightly with governmental agencies. When the 1973 Yom Kippur War erupted, the Israeli army asked a couple of Technion professors to come up with a way to scramble the guidance systems of incoming Russian-made missiles that were pummeling some towns, Technion spokesman Amos Levav said during an interview at the campus two weeks ago. The mission was accomplished in a couple of days.

Missiles started falling on Northern Israel on Thursday, a day after Hezbollah, a guerilla group, abducted two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a cross-border raid. Israel has launched a major military offensive in response. Most cafes and stores in the 270,000-person city of Haifa are closed, and the streets are fairly empty, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The government has urged people to be aware of the location of bomb shelters, reinforced rooms or buildings in the interior of offices with no windows. In the event that an alarm sounds, individuals have about a minute--at most--before a missile lands.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Over 150 Lebanese Killed.....
and all we care about is whether Intel is still operating in Haifa... What's more important lives or chips..seems that the managers at Intel don't know the difference. If Intel hadn't been one of the most aggressive supporter and investor in the state of Israel from day one, we wouldn't be in the place we are in today. US government backs its economic interests, ie. the interests of multinational, multi-billion dollar corporations such as Intel. Its a shame that the world stands still to watch the massacre, and stands behind Israel in its campaign to kill all opposition to its illegal occupation and systematic genocide of the Palestinians. Wow.
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CNET is TECH NEWS
I'm not even going to bother responding to most of the crap you just posted, but CNET is about Tech, its not about politics conflict, of course they are going to report on things that involve technology companies
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I thinks its a shame that the world stands by and watches terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah provoke Israel into military action by killing and kidnapping their citizens.

I think the world has had enough of these killers and we should join forces and crush them. They talk about wanting peace yet they are the ones going into resturants and buses and killing civilians.

Let me ask you this question. If those two groups laid down their arms and never commiteca any more acts of viloence do you think Israel would kill anymore of them?

Now if Isreal laid down their arms and never commited any more acts of viloence what would Hamas and Hezbollah do?

The honest answer to those questions is the REAL truth!

Who cares about Intel. If weeks from now the destruction of the Intel facility causes some major shortage in some critical componet then it would be news worthy in a technical manor...but news.com loves to dabble in politics.
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