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Intel CEO Krzanich Says Mobile Push Finally Making Progress

Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 12:25 PM

Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich, trying to fire up his company’s attempts to enter the mobile market, is showcasing devices he said illustrate how the world’s largest chipmaker is making progress.

Dell Inc.’s Michael Dell will join Krzanich on stage at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco Tuesday to present a new Dell tablet that is among the thinnest to go on sale. The Intel CEO will also announce that Samsung Electronics Co. is using one of the Santa Clara, California-based company’s modem chips in a smartphone slated to go on sale in Europe.

Krzanich, who took over the top job at Intel in May last year, is trying to replicate the success his company has had in personal computers in the tablet and smartphone markets. He’s also trying to make sure Intel doesn’t miss future opportunities by speeding up the rate it produces new chips, while trying to win orders in areas such as wearable technology like smartwatches even before those markets take off.

“We are well on target and in some cases ahead of schedule,” he said during a briefing yesterday.

Krzanich said that Intel is still ahead of schedule on his target to ship 40 million tablet chips this year. While he’s not ready to announce a similar objective for smartphones, Intel will have about six phone-maker customers next year, he said.

While Intel paid subsidies to secure design wins in the tablet market that resulted in losses for the business unit, Krzanich said he’ll avoid using that strategy in smartphones.

Stephen Hawking

Sales in Intel’s mobile and communications division fell 83 percent to $51 million in the second quarter, and the unit’s operating loss widened to $1.12 billion. Still, Intel recorded net income of $2.8 billion on $13.8 billion in revenue for the period.

Underlining the breadth of devices Krzanich wants his engineers to design chips for, today’s presentation will feature a video conversation with theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking on an Internet-connected wheelchair project. Hawking will discuss how equipment designed for the disabled can act as a proving ground for future technology introductions.

“We’re probably not going sell a billion of them but it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

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Intel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich, trying to fire up his company's attempts to enter the mobile market, is showcasing devices he said illustrate how the world's largest chipmaker is making progress.
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