Saturday, April 25, 2009

Peripeteia plans and Intel

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Intel has always been one of the leading newsmakers IT-industry. But now the news from the microprocessor giant has received so much that I decided to compile them in a separate article.

Main news: the president of the board of directors and former head of corporation Intel, Craig Barrett will leave the legendary company in May this year. On the reasons for his departure there is no reliable information, but you have to remember that in recent years due to financial crisis, Intel earnings declined. As a result of IV quarter of fiscal 2008, revenue of the company fell by 90%. Net profit of the corporation amounted to $ 234 million and total net profit for the year 2008 - $ 5.3 billion today the high-tech NASDAQ market share Intel is the order of $ 13. Recently, the company also announced the upcoming restructuring, which involves the dismissal of employees and closing five plants.

However, it is taken into account, as far down the sale of processors in the world. For example, in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for about half the market, sales fell by 22% as an average for the world. In Europe, sales of chips declined by 28% in the United States - 26% in Japan - 13%.

Already known that after the departure of Barrett will be replaced by a member of its board of directors of Intel since 1993, Jane Shaw. According to analysts of Wedbush Morgan, commented on the situation, staff changes should not affect the status of the company.

Let me remind you that Craig Barrett is working at Intel for over 35 years. From 1998 to 2005 he served as executive director, which was forced to withdraw upon reaching 65 years of age (these are the rules of the corporation). Currently, Intel is headed by Paul Ottelini.

Now we'll talk about the product's largest microprocessor company. Recently it was reported that Intel plans to disclose details of the processor Xeon at the Conference ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference), which will be held next month in San Francisco. Let me remind you that the Xeon will be the first vosmiyadernym processor model in a number of Intel.

At the same time, yet there are no details on how will be a demonstration. In ISSCC says only that the representatives will tell about the Intel processor, but that it is - it is not known. Moreover, Intel for the moment refused any comment on this news.

A few weeks after Intel dropped prices on some of its processors. And here again the corporation announced its intention to make its products more accessible to consumers. In the II quarter of this year should be cheaper, at least two mobile processor. Thus, 2,8 - gigagertsovy T9600 with 6 MB of cache and a frequency 1066 MHz system bus will cost $ 309 instead of the current $ 517.

Cost Quad Q9000 with a frequency of 2 GHz, will remain at $ 340, but the price of Core 2 Quad T8700, running at a frequency of 2.53 GHz and are 3 MB of cache will drop from $ 236 to $ 197.

The most significant price declines, which may refer to the mobile version of Nehalem, code-named Auburndale, should happen near the end of this year, tentatively in the IV quarter.

A separate theme - the future development of the corporation. Intel refused to release hybrid central processor Auburndale and Havendale, including graphical kernel. These chips scheduled to perform in compliance with 45-nanometer production methods. Instead, Auburndale and Havendale company intends to release a hybrid processor Arandale, created on 32-nanometer production methods. As Auburndale and Havendale, it will include a graphical kernel. Arandale processor will be presented in the I quarter of 2010. It was expected that the amount of cache memory chip of the third level of six megabytes. More on the processor are not known.

Chips Auburndale and Havendale should consist of two processor cores, four megabytes of cache memory, and third-level graphic core. Auburndale designed for notebooks, its power should not exceed 45 watts, while Havendale with 75 watts of power - for desktop PCs. The reason for the abolition announcement and Auburndale processors Havendale had an economic crisis. Previously, Intel announced the closure of the crisis of its five factories to produce chips. As a result, the company has reduced by at least five thousand people.

In addition to Intel, the processor with integrated graphics core of the company is developing AMD. It is called AMD Fusion. His release was appointed for 2011. Previously, AMD had planned to submit the chip in the third quarter of 2008. By the way, the company Nvidia criticized the idea of combining conventional and graphic chips. They believe that it will not bring great benefits.

Along with its core business Intel is forced to deal with the many external challenges. Court of the European Union at the end of January, dismissed the complaint Intel, filed in the antitrust proceedings against the corporation. As I have repeatedly told the EU suspect Intel in exerting pressure on partners to promote their own products. Last summer, the European Commission presented a corporation accused of illegally entering into exclusive deals with European companies that are infringing on the interests of competitors, and to provide surplus computers discount collectors who refuse to cooperate with AMD.

Intel has been given until 17 October to lodge objections, but instead, the Corporation has sent a complaint to the European Commission, which demanded to cancel the charges, calling them biased, to extend the deadline for filing objections, and corporations to provide access to a number of important documents AMD. However, the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, Intel did not grant the request for review of the deadline for the submission of objections. In addition, the corporation has been denied access to documents AMD. In Intel regretted the decision of the court. Continued, as the saying goes, it should be. And the last. Investment fund Intel Capital in Russia and other CIS countries, headed by Igor Taber. As director of the fund Igor Taber is responsible for all investment activities of Intel Capital in the region, including the investment of the fund in Russian companies and companies of CIS countries, as well as the introduction of Intel Capital for the boards of portfolio companies. The activity of the corporation Igor Taber began seven years ago from his post as manager of marketing at Intel Communications Group. Recently, the scope of activity Tabera was the development of wireless access technology WiMAX.

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