Thursday, July 21, 2011

Intel publishes excellent results and think to 7 nm

Intel has released its financial results for the second quarter of this year and the figures are very encouraging. He announced a record turnover of $ 13.1 billion, an increase of 22% over last year and a profit of $ 3.2 billion, an increase of 10%. The founder also reported weaknesses and plans for the future.

If the sales increased by 2% this quarter, profits fell by 3%, which is relatively good sign as the second quarter is normally slower than the first. These figures are even more remarkable that a study by IDC shows that demand for PCs grew by only 2.6% compared to 2010. The decline in profits may also be partly explained by the fact that the founder has spent $ 2 billion to repurchase 93 million shares.

In addition, Intel has seen revenues from its Atom fall by 15% from one year to another, as opposed to sales of components for data centers, which grew 15%. These figures show many of the new trend of 2011 when the installed base of companies is renewed and strong growth in data centers is largely related to the democratization of clouds.

Netbooks are much less popular and against Intel's upcoming Atom account for smartphones and tablets to better compete with ARM in these emerging markets. Intel also announced it would increase its investment in its factories and machines. He plans to spend $ 16.2 billion  this year instead of $ 15.7 billion previously.

These funds will be used to update the smelters in order to burn in 14 nm and begin to prepare the 10 nm and 7 nm. For the record, Sandy Bridge sold today are 32nm and Intel will release his first 22 nm processors in the second quarter of next year.

Intel has promised that he would return "soon" in the "buying cycle" of equipment needed to burn in 14 nm and 22 nm guarantee that is on track. Intel will also invest a half billion dollars in research on x86 processors that can compete with ARM on the shelves and computers for ultras, a market that English hopes to begin entering in 2015.

It should last longer on this subject at the Intel Developer Forum to be held in September.

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