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May 29, 2014

Intel: new tablets a big step toward reaching aggressive target

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – New Intel-based tablets from major brands will start hitting store shelves in June, and senior executives at the chipmaker hope the offerings will move it closer to an aggressive sales goal.

Far behind rival Qualcomm (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in mobile devices, the upcoming tablets are the result of Intel Corp’s (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) strategy to sell chips this year at a loss in a bid to stake out badly needed market share. Intel is betting that in the future, its customers will keep using Intel chips without the discounts.

May 28, 2014

Intel readies 3D-printed robots for handy consumers

RANCHO PALOS VERDE, California, May 28 (Reuters) – Intel
Corp introduced a walking, talking robot on Wednesday
made from 3D-printed parts that will be available to consumers
later this year, if they are willing to assemble it with a kit
that costs around $1,600.

The company’s Chief Executive Brian Krzanich was accompanied
by “Jimmy” on stage at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos
Verdes, California. The white 2-foot tall robot shuffled onto
the stage, introduced itself and then waved its arms.

May 27, 2014

Intel to make tablet chips with China’s Rockchip

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 (Reuters) – Intel Corp said
on Tuesday it reached an agreement with Chinese mobile chipmaker
Rockchip to make chips for inexpensive tablets running Google
Inc’s Android platform.

The deal teams Intel up with a chipmaker specializing in
low-end mobile devices that often cost less than $100 and are
popular in China and other fast-growing markets. This represents
a major move for the Santa Clara, California company that has
struggled to gain traction in smartphones and tablets.

May 18, 2014

Intel CEO promises Broadwell PCs on shelves for holidays

SAN MATEO California (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) next-generation Broadwell processors will ship in time to be used in personal computers sold during the holiday season but probably won’t be available for back-to-school shopping, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said.

Speaking to Reuters at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, on Saturday, Krzanich said that following setbacks implementing new manufacturing technology, announced last October, Intel is on schedule to ship its Broadwell chips to PC manufacturers.

May 18, 2014

Exclusive: Intel CEO promises Broadwell PCs on shelves for holidays

SAN MATEO, California (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s next-generation Broadwell processors will ship in time to be used in personal computers sold during the holiday season but probably won’t be available for back-to-school shopping, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said.

Speaking to Reuters at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, on Saturday, Krzanich said that following setbacks implementing new manufacturing technology, announced last October, Intel is on schedule to ship its Broadwell chips to PC manufacturers.

May 17, 2014

Intel’s CEO looks to hobbyists for wearable innovations

, May 17 (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s
Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich mingled with electronics
buffs at Silicon Valley’s annual maker mecca on Saturday as the
chipmaker looks to amateur inventors to inspire a new wave of
smart clothing.

With sales of smartphones losing steam, technology companies
including Intel believe that wearable computing devices – a
still undefined category including smart watches, fitness
trackers and Google Glass – could become a major trend in
personal computing.

May 15, 2014

Applied Material posts higher quarterly revenue, stock gains

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 (Reuters) – Top chip gear-maker
Applied Materials on Thursday posted higher fiscal
second-quarter revenue as investments to make more smartphones
and memory chips helped offset a slow personal computer market.

Shares of the company rose after its report reassured
investors who were cautious following recent disappointing
quarterly forecasts from other companies.

May 14, 2014

Intel trims marketing staff ahead of new chief’s arrival

SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 (Reuters) – Intel Corp is
shedding jobs in its marketing department ahead of the arrival
of new chief marketing officer Steven Fund, who the struggling
chipmaker is betting will restore some shine to its brand.

In recent weeks, close to 40 marketing employees have
accepted voluntary incentive packages to leave, said two people
close to the company who were not authorized to comment.

May 8, 2014

Nvidia quarterly forecast matches Wall St’s but stock drops

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8 (Reuters) – Chipmaker Nvidia’s
forecast for current-quarter revenue met analysts’ expectations
but failed to inspire investors concerned about a slowing PC
industry, and its stock lost ground.

With the personal computer sector losing steam and the
chipmaker’s move into mobile facing relentless competition,
Nvidia is heavily promoting its graphics technology for a wider
range of applications, including cars and data centers.

May 8, 2014

Nvidia quarterly forecast matches Wall St but investors unimpressed

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Nvidia’s (NVDA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) forecast for current-quarter revenue met analysts’ expectations but failed to inspire investors, and its stock lost ground.

With the personal computer industry losing steam and the chipmaker’s move into mobile facing relentless competition, Nvidia is heavily promoting its graphics technology for a wider range of applications, including cars and data centers.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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