Global HQ: Santa Clara, California, US Website: www.intel.com
Global leader: Paul Otellini, president and CEO
Local leader: Phillip Cronin, general manager, Asia Pacific
Core activity: Semiconductor development and manufacturing
Revenue: US$31.9 billion (2009, ended December 31)
Key customers: Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo and Toshiba
Despite the global financial crisis, worldwide PC sales ended 2009 up 5 percent on the previous 12 months. This did not, however, prevent Intel from experiencing a significant dip in revenue, falling from US$37.6 billion in 2008 to $US31.9 billion in 2009. In August, Intel and GE announced plans to form a joint venture to create a new health-care company focused on ehealth and independent living. It also acquired security technology vendor McAfee.
Intel’s next-generation Core processors for personal computers, codenamed Sandy Bridge, are targeted to be in production in late 2010.
Intel is also pushing beyond its core microprocessor manufacturing business to software and services. At its annual investor day in May, Otellini said: “Don’t think of us as a chip company any more, we’re a computing company.” Stuart Finlayson
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