Hurriyet - Semiconductor giant Intel will support Turkey’s Middle East Technical University‘s (METU) Microelectric Mechanic Systems (MEMS) Research and Application Center by supplying USD 2.5 million worth of equipment to the facility. The company will also provide support for the Energy Efficiency Project of METU and Polar Codes Project of Bilkent universities. Speaking at the press conference marking the event, Alpaslan Korkmaz, President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) said Turkey has taken important steps in R&D studies over the past few years and has proven to be a viable location for R&D investments with its advanced infrastructure and qualified work force. Speaking at the press conference, Intel Turkey’s General Manager Cigdem Ertem said Intel’s R&D expenditures exceed USD 6 billion annually and that 25 percent of this amount is allocated for developing future technologies. The equipment Intel provides will be used to supplement the ongoing R&D projects and increase production capacities.