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Intel to invest US$60M in Chinese drone maker Yuneec

Chip maker to build new market for its products as it enters UAV industry



Yuneec's Q500. The company produces both electric aircraft and drones. PHOTO: Yuneec

Yuneec’s Q500. The company produces both electric aircraft and drones. PHOTO: Yuneec

SANTA CLARA, Calif—The drone industry has turned the distinct line between the technology and aerospace industries to a blurred no-man’s land.

This week, one of the world’s largest tech companies has announced it will enter the fray. Renowned chip-maker, Intel Corp., has said it will invest more than US$60 million in Chinese electric aircraft and UAV maker, Yuneec International Co.

“At Intel we believe in a smart and connected world, and one of the best ways to bring that smart and connected world to everyone and everywhere, has been drones,” Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, said.

Krzanich said the investment will go toward a collaborative project that will be a “game-changer” for the drone industry.

“We’ve got drones on our road-map that are going to truly change the world and revolutionize the drone industry,” he added.

Intel will become the latest in a long list of aerospace and technology companies as seemingly distinct as Boeing and Facebook that have invested in UAV technology.

Founded in 1999, Yuneec is one of the firms at the forefront of electrical aviation. The company produces over 1 million units a year and has offices worldwide. Before entering the “hobby” drone market it was known for one or two-seat electric aircraft.

“At Yuneec, we make the drone very easy to use,” Tian Yu, CEO of Yuneec, said. “Like Intel, we focus on user-experience and the best technology.”

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