Intel is to close its lab at Cambridge University in December. The lab is one of four that Intel runs in collaboration with universities to work on long term projects, and the only such facility outside the US

The closure is part of a company-wide cost-cutting programme begun earlier this year, said Chris Hogg, an Intel spokesman. Earlier this year, the company began a cost-cutting programme in the face of strong competion frpm AMD.

It won't diminish Intel's focus on future technologies, however, he said. "Long-term research is still an essential part of Intel's technology pipeline," Hogg said.

Researchers in Cambridge focused on wireless and optical networking and technology to support distributed applications.

Intel announced that it would open the lab in March 2003 with a staff of 20 to 25 researchers. At the time, lab researchers said that the facility would offer Intel a way to collaborate closely with European researchers and participate in projects funded by the European Union.

Intel's three other university labs are at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and the University of Washington in Seattle.