Intel Expects Continued Growth in PC Market
Intel expects to see continued growth in the PC market, especially in emerging markets, despite several analyst reports predicting a slowdown in global sales. The global PC business will approach 400 million units in 2011, according to Otellini. "I want to be clear that our views differ from some of theirs," Otellini said, referring to the research firms. Intel is projecting "low double digit" growth for the PC segment in 2011, based on "early sell-through strength" and "great reception to Sandy Bridge."In fact, Intel launched Oak Trail, a platform designed specifically for tablets, just last week. Otellini said Intel will have tablet platforms that can run Windows, Android and MeeGo. While Intel is no longer working with phone maker Nokia, the company is focusing on carriers that want their own devices as well as on handset manufacturers. Otellini said he would be "very disappointed" if Intel-powered devices didn't hit the market "12 months from now." Intel closed its $1.4 billion purchase of Infineon's wireless business in January and its purchase of security giant McAfee in February. Stacy Smith, Intel's CFO, said the combined acquisitions added half a billion dollars to Intel's bottom line. Intel also did not see "any unusual changes or fluctuations" to its backlog after the earthquake in Japan, and no major disruptions to supply lines are expected. The company is still on track to begin production on the new 22-nanometer silicon process technology by the end of the year and will be increasing investment in both 22-nm and 14-nm capabilities, Otellini said. With increased focus on notebooks, tablets and smartphones, Intel sees "a need for more platform features to be integrated into the microprocessor, taking advantage of our leading-edge silicon capability for power management, performance and smaller, lighter devices," Otellini said.
Even with strong enterprise demand as businesses refresh their hardware, Intel still has its sights set on the market for tablets and smartphones. The company continues to invest and develop new products for this segment and had quite a number of tablet-centric announcements recently at various conferences.