IT & Network Infrastructure : Intel's Processor Strategy for 2011-12: 10 Shareholders` Meeting Takeaways

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-19 Print this article Print
No Intel Smartphones Until 2012

No Intel Smartphones Until 2012

Intel CEO Paul Otellini had to deliver the news that the company won't be coming out with smartphones in 2011, thanks to a major partnership with Nokia that dissolved in February. "We have freed up those resources and turned that design into a form factor/reference design. We're shopping that now to a number of manufacturers ... and we've had good success. You'll see the first Intel-based phones (using new Medfield chips) in the market the first part of next year ... in hindsight, Nokia was the wrong partner to have picked," Otellini said.
Intel found itself answering "no" to some important questions May 17 at the company's annual shareholders' conference here on its Silicon Valley campus. For example, the company will not be coming out with its long-awaited smartphones until next year, and it will not pursue the development of ARM Holdings's ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) chip reference design for handheld devices. Why? Been there, done that, and it didn't work, Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini told investors in a crowded auditorium on May 17. However, there was plenty Intel is saying "yes" to. It's investing a lot of time and capital into emerging markets, such as China, Japan, South America and Eastern Europe; it's changing its focus on servers to data center equipment that includes networking and storage; and it's coming out with a new product line of MIC (many integrated cores) processors that will take the multi-core concept to an entirely new level. This slideshow highlights the key takeaway information points from the annual meeting.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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