Economic stimulus packages by governments around the world could increase demand for information technology products, an Intel executive said on Monday.

Governments worldwide plan to spend $3 trillion in economic stimulus, said Thomas Kilroy, vice president and general manager of the Intel Digital Enterprise Group, in an interview in Bangalore.

 Intel is trying to engage these governments to inform them of the benefits information technology can bring to some vertical segments, such as healthcare, Kilroy said.

Worldwide PC processor shipments were down in the fourth quarter of last year, by 17 per cent sequentially and 11.4 per cent year-over-year, research firm IDC said in February.

Further declines in demand in the first quarter of this year point to a very poor outlook for the first half of the year, according to IDC.

Intel revenues dropped by 23 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter last year, while profits were down 90 per cent.

But people still need to invest for the future.

"If we stop and blink in 2009, we will pay for that," Kilroy said.

The company said in February that it was investing $7 billion over the next two years in factories to make chips using new 32 nanometer manufacturing technology. Intel also said its new line of processors for servers, desktops, and laptop computers, code named Westmere, will be the first processors built using the technology.

The company has continued capital investments and spent on research and development during previous downturns like the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s and the dotcom bust, Kilroy said.

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Intel's investment strategy continues even in the current economic crisis, and the company thinks this time there is a better opportunity for success because of the stimulus packages being introduced by governments around the world, Kilroy said.