Computer chip maker Intel has opened a new lab for digital media developers at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener.

The lab will give the local tech community access to the company’s hardware and software, as well as the opportunity to consult with Intel staff.

"To me it’s Intel’s way of saying that they see a lot of good stuff going on in Waterloo Region," said Communitech’s vice-president of digital media Kevin Tuer. "They think we’ve got some great companies here and they want to engage with them in such a way so that there’s mutual benefit."

Graham Palmer, Intel’s country manager for Canada, said the company has already been involved in Waterloo Region’s tech community for some time and the new lab will expand its local presence. 

"This marks an important Canadian addition to our global strategy of research and development," said Palmer.

Communitech believes Intel staff will be at the Kitchener hub routinely but not on a daily basis. So far, there is no word on how many Intel employees will be working at the lab.