Intel Wants to Be the Chip for All Reasons
Intel's ultimate goal is to be the microprocessor that's inside every part of the data center.During its 43 years in business, Intel, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based processor maker, has built an international reputation based on making high-quality x86-type processors for uses that generally involve personal computers, enterprise servers, storage arrays and other familiar IT machines. Now, as the proliferation of various types of other connected devices explodes into all corners of the globe and spreads over all income levels, more chips-and more powerful variations thereof-are going to be needed to carry these ever-increasing data loads and deliver them in a timely fashion. This includes thousands of devices that are not known for being in Intel's marketing sweet spot.
For example, Intel is just beginning to supply chips for tablets and phones-by far the world's fastest-selling IT items. When addressing Intel's investors earlier this year, CEO Paul Otellini said: "There's been so much written about tablets that I don't know where to start, except to say we're on track.