Intel is donating over one million personal protective items to support healthcare workers around the world. The CPU maker announced the initiative yesterday, with the company donating masks, gloves, and other protective gear to healthcare professionals. And what is Intel doing with all that equipment in the first place? Well, that’s a benefit of being one of the biggest silicon manufacturers in the world with a host of factories and clean rooms around the globe.

Workers in Intel factories have to wear protective equipment whenever they’re on the manufacturing floors, replacing, testing, or repairing equipment. You will have probably already seen the pictures of the Intel bunny suits, except in those instances they’re protecting the equipment from human contact, not protecting the humans themselves.

“We will donate masks, gloves, face shields and other gear that we have sourced from our factory stock and emergency supplies, and we’ll continue to look for additional sources of personal protective equipment that we can source and donate as quickly as possible to meet our commitment of more than a million items,” said Intel’s Todd Brady.

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So yeah, whatever you think about Intel, its recent 10nm manufacturing issues, and the fact that AMD is in the ascendance partly because of its decision to go entirely fabless, I think we could thankful Intel decided to keep the faith with its own factories around the world. 

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