The world's largest semiconductor company is
widely seen as a bellwether for the semiconductor industry and the
health of the global economy as a whole. Strong sales can indicate
increasing consumer confidence and spending. Many investors will
interpret Intel's strong results as a sign that it is a good time to
invest into technology companies, which could help spur further
research and development of new technologies and products.
has been successfully following its plan to reduce production in
order to reduce inventories of CPUs and chipsets, especially of older
models. This enables it to transition more quickly to newer models
like the Core i5 without have to take large writedowns
from excess stock. It announced the close
of several obsolete fabs in the first quarter and a quick ramp to
new 32nm products as keys to success. Intel has also established
"inventory hubs" where it holds its products until OEMs
require it. These are different from conventional warehouses in that
these products are already ordered, but are simply a more efficient
means of order fulfillment across multiple customers.
company spent $2.75 billion in the third quarter, with a large
percentage of that going toward the 32nm Westmere ramp. The
firm's transition hinges on production going smoothly at Fab D1D, Fab
D1C, and AFO (Aloha Factory Operations).
During a conference
call, Intel noted that it received a larger than expected boost from
the back to school season. It experiences strong notebook sales,
especially in the CULV segment. Sales also picked up significantly in
China and the Asian market. The firm is also seeing strong
adoption of Nehalem-based
Xeon processors as companies are consolidating dozens of older
inefficient servers into Xeon racks.
Production of 32nm
Westmere chips is already underway. Intel is growing
inventories in order to support a strong launch, and production is
steadily increasing to meet expected demand due to Windows 7 and the
Christmas shopping season.
quote: The only issue I find with Intel at the moment is simply: Price, I have no need for a $500 processor.
quote: The exchange rates that I see show the AUD as 90% of USD, so $500AUD is about $450USD.
quote: Which sort of makes this whole cheap AMD quad core thing pointless.
quote: OTOH, this is a predominantly U.S. site so I would assume anyone saying $ would mean U.S. But in this case
quote: THANK YOU, that's all I'm saying. His opening statement had "$$$$$" galore, but not an AU anywhere to specify currency. It is only natural to assume he meant American dollars. Anyone saying otherwise is biased.
quote: ASrock M3A780GXH-128M - $136.Athlon 2 X4 620 - $158.Total: $294Core i5 750 - $303Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3 - $177Total: $480Difference of: $186, or if I really wanted to go cheaper with the Athlon I could grab the ASrock A780GMH-128M for $113 which is a difference of $209 AU. - So how is it better off to go with a Core i5? In-terms of lowest possible price with a Quad Core?
quote: The dollar (often represented by the Dollar/Peso sign: "$") is the name of the official currency in several countries, including Australia, Canada, the Eastern Caribbean territories, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States.
quote: ASrock M3A780GXH-128M - $136. Athlon 2 X4 620 - $158. Total: $294Core i5 750 - $303 Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3 - $177 Total: $480
quote: sigh.... wow... Because when you are making a comparison for other people, especially those who don't like in Australia, maybe you should use a frame of reference that not only puts things in perspective, but helps emphasize your point ?
quote: Taken from Wikipedia, thus it's not "only" an American currency. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar
quote: DDR 2 is obsolete now. Older ram always goes up in price. Go try to get your hands on some DDR or PC300 ram lol. It's nuts.
quote: as far as I can see the recession is not over & will not be for the middle class or lower anytime soon. If someone has some answers I would sure like to hear em, cause many are losing hope.