Intel Capital invests $25 million in tech companies

Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's largest chip maker, Tuesday detailed seven new investments worth around US$25 million in total, in addition to an investment in U.S. WiMax operator Clearwire.

Two of the seven companies that Intel Capital invested in are U.S.-based: Joyent, a cloud-computing vendor, and Active Storage, which makes storage products designed for organizations that use Apple hardware. Of the remaining five companies, four are based in Asia and one -- pricing analytics software maker NeuString -- is based in Dubai.

Intel Capital's Asian investments include South Korea's Crucialtec, which makes input devices based on optical technology; Taiwan's Gudeng Precision Industrial Co., which makes semiconductor manufacturing equipment; videoconferencing specialist V-Cube, of Japan; and Chinese Web portal operator Phoenix New Media.

In addition to these new investments, Intel Capital invested $50 million into U.S. WiMax operator Clearwire.

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