- Intel will ride out any US recession and make a success of Wimax wireless broadband, the firm's chief executive Paul Otellini has told BBC News.
He said: "People turn to computers to improve productivity during downturn, because at the end of the day the computer is a tool for productivity."
Intel is the world's largest chip maker for desktops and laptops.
Answering BBC News users' questions, he said Intel's developing world laptop was better than the OLPC scheme.
Mr Otellini was confident that Intel would not be too badly affected by any recession in the American economy: "Much of our sales growth has have been in emerging markets - India, China and Eastern Europe - and I don't see them going into recession."
But he conceded that the credit crunch was having an impact: "We had a business we spun out into a new company and the launch was held up for five months because of the credit crunch.
"And we only needed a few hundred million dollars."
Mr Otellini also strongly defended Intel's promotion of its low-cost Classmate laptop in developing countries, which was criticised after the firm pulled out of the rival One Laptop Per Child Project.
In response to the suggestion from OLPC's founder Nicholas Negroponte that Intel had...