Intel is offering all its employees PCs, internet access and services in their homes free of charge.
The chip giant said today that Pentium III based PCs will be offered to all of its 70,000 employees worldwide to help them and their families take advantage of the educational and ecommerce opportunities offered by the internet.
All regular and full time employees will receive the baseline configured PCs, unlimited internet access bundled with a printer, keyboard, mouse and monitor, an Intel Create and Share camera pack, Microsoft Office software, technical support and the choice of one Intel Play toy.
The company has not specified which brand of PC it will offer in the scheme, but a similar package would cost at least £1000 on the high street.
Intel will periodically upgrade the machines to keep them up to date. Employees will also have the option to upgrade the configuration of their systems, peripherals and connectivity for an extra charge.
The announcement follows similar programmes launched by Ford and Delta at the beginning of last month.
PCs should start being delivered to Intel employees' homes by June, with full rollout expected to be completed in the second half of this year, the company said.
Intel president and chief executive Craig Barrett, said: "We want our employees and their families to be able to participate fully in the internet revolution."
He added: "An internet savvy workforce is a strategic advantage in our mission to be the pre-eminent building block supplier to the worldwide internet economy.
"We see these employer based programs as a positive trend illustrating the importance of technology literacy to us all."
The free PC programmes at Delta and Ford sparked fears that widespread use of home PCs to access the internet and the corporate intranet would create a security minefield as they will not be subjected to the same rigorous security as in-house IT equipment.
Intel said its scheme will feature secure access to corporate information.
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