Intel Capital Steps Up Its Chinese Investing – UPDATED

Intel Capital has accelerated its Chinese investing this year and says activity could increase again next year.

The venture arm of the computer chipmaker anticipates completing 12 investments in China this year, according to Richard Hsu, managing director of Intel Capital China.

Part of the reason for the boost is the growing maturity of the organization’s investment team in the country, says Hsu. The investment environment is healthier, he added during an interview at last week’s Intel Capital Global Summit, and the overall venture investing market is more developed.

Hsu says one area of interest is e-commerce, including infrastructure companies that might provide data analytics or tools for customer acquisition. Software also is attractive.

Next year, he anticipates a greater focus on mobile Internet investments, perhaps where mobile meets cloud computing.

Several investments this year include JoySee Technology, 6DXchange and Shanghai BOCOM Intelligent Network Technologies.

(Update: Mark Boslet owns 200 shares of Intel common stock. We regret that the original version of the story did not include this disclosure.)