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CEO Paul Otellini revealed broad restructuring of the chip maker’s operations at a shareholder meeting on Thursday

On the heels of a 38 percent profit drop in first quarter profits last week and slowing sales growth in the personal computers market, Intel CEO Paul Otellini stated that there would be major changes in the company to improve efficiency. Otellini said Intel will look at ways of cutting costs per unit, increasing employee productivity and implementing immediate changes to underperforming business units over the next 90 days.

Otellini also stated that this restructuring will focus on every aspect of the chip maker’s operations. "No stone will remain unturned or unlooked at," claimed the CEO. “You will see a leaner, more agile and more efficient Intel Corp."  Intel underwent a similar change under Otellini's direction two years ago, which resulted in several project terminations such as LCoS research.  Flash memory looks to be one of the largest projects on Intel's cutting board, losing over $100M  USD in Q1'06  alone. 

Intel will also be introducing three new chips over the summer to refresh its product lines. Woodcrest for servers will be released in June, Conroe for desktops in July and Merom for notebooks in August.


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RE: Woodcrest in June also
By cgrecu77 on 4/27/2006 4:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
the benchmarks were done on conroe and a64 at equivalent speeds.

Nobody knows for sure if conroe will be launched at 3ghz so there's no point in making speculations. Point is clock-per-clock conroe has a ~15% advantage over ahtlon64, but the key missing benchmark is 64 bit performance. While this summer won't be much of an issue, it won't be long until we'll see games optimized for 64bit - especially that it's so easy unlike optimizing for multi-cores.

It's a known fact that Intel implementation of AMD's x86-64 instructions runs slower by design (Intel didn't implement the full set in hardware, some instructions are emulated or so I hear - due to hardware limitations). If you put everything in the balance then you'll see that by the end of the year Athlon64 and Conroe will probably run neck-to-neck. Considering that AMD has more room to increase the performance because it's still a .09 process compared with .65 for intel, you can expect AMD to regain the lead by next year.

Obviously these are speculations, but the only thing certain at this point is that AMD CPUs are superior to Intel's CPUs. What the future holds nobody knows.


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By hstewarth on 4/27/2006 5:53:32 PM , Rating: 1
It was it in real world test for the processor, IE typical stuff you see current benchmarks in - Games, 3dmark, pcmark, application test and so.

Not sure if 64 bit test was done, but I am sure that this version is signficantly different than the Netburst. Anyway 64bit really doen't matter right now - not much is even user. A lot of 64 bit test are bias because they compare the 64 bit machines with 4 to 8Gig of memory, while comparing to 32bit machines with only 2Gig of memory. Additional memory in these tests ( especially Lightwave 64 ) makes a be difference.

I think advantage was more like 20 to 30% not over Ahhon64 but an overclock FX 60 and X2's. Dual core AMD chips.

Well we know sooner than later how much 3Ghz Woodcrest perform because they compare.

Also changing process doesn't always mean signficant improvemt - IE Northwood to Prescott. Woodcrests and Concroe CAN NOT be compare to these cpus.

Speculation will end this summer, and I believe people will be deeply shock.


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By Viditor on 4/27/2006 8:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
A whole bunch of replies in one here...
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This is great news, however not so surprising, for us stock holders

bamacre has it right...for Intel the company, things have been terrible. The gross margins are down and revenue is down. Can't do much about revenue against AMDs portfolio right now, but for margins to be down as well is very bad indeed.
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It was it in real world test for the processor, IE typical stuff you see current benchmarks in - Games, 3dmark, pcmark, application test and so

I think you are confused as to what a "real-world" test is...it is NOT PCMark, 3DMark. Those are synthetic benchmarks hence they are not real-world benchmarks.
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Not sure if 64 bit test was done, but I am sure that this version is signficantly different than the Netburst. Anyway 64bit really doen't matter right now - not much is even user

1. The EM64T (64-bit) on Woodcrest is the same as it is on Netburst
2. 64 bit is VERY important for Woodcrest! Remember that it is a server/workstation chip and 64 bit is very much used in this sector.
3. Opteron will still have the edge in 64 bit I imagine. This is predominantly due to the fact that they use a hardware IOMMU instead of a software based one.
4. Woodcrest must be qualified (remember it's a new generation) before we see servers in the field (except for very low-end servers). Qualifying takes anywhere from 6 months to 1.5 years, depending on how mission-critical the system needs to be. This is (for example) why it took Opteron so long to penetrate the server marketplace.
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There's nothing to suggest AMD will regain the lead by next year. While AMD will be transitioning to 65nm on an *existing* core, Intel will be ramping up a *new* core

Except that K8L (a modified core) is due out next year, as well as the 65nm...
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I don't call sueing everybody left and right, doing things right

Hmmm...has AMD sued anybody but Intel that I don't know about?
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Please stop referring to the lawsuit as being a good thing for AMD to do

You're right...it's an absolutely BRILLIANT thing for them to do, and most everybody (except Intel share-holders) has been cheering them for doing it!
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I hate the idea of if you can beat the competition by your marketting and product done, sue them in attempt to change you market place

You miss the point...the reason for the lawsuit is that Intel uses it's size and marketshare to prevent AMD from actually doing any marketing.
For example, when AMD tried to market their Opteron chip with HP at the launch, Intel threatened HP with a reduction in supply if they did so. This is what the anti-trust laws were made for, it's not a loophole of some kind...


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By zsdersw on 4/28/2006 6:19:57 AM , Rating: 2
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Except that K8L (a modified core) is due out next year, as well as the 65nm...


He didn't say "when K8L comes out".. he said "by next year", which appears to me to be a time *before* K8L comes out.


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By Viditor on 4/28/2006 7:27:02 AM , Rating: 2
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He didn't say "when K8L comes out".. he said "by next year", which appears to me to be a time *before* K8L comes out

Fair call and a good catch...


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By zsdersw on 4/28/2006 6:35:59 AM , Rating: 2
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1. The EM64T (64-bit) on Woodcrest is the same as it is on Netburst


Of course it's the same technology (EM64T), but there's nothing to suggest that the implementation of it will be the same as it was when the first 64-bit Xeon's came out (i.e., less than spectacular).


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By Viditor on 4/28/2006 7:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
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there's nothing to suggest that the implementation of it will be the same as it was when the first 64-bit Xeon's came out

I can't imagine what would be different...if you have an idea, please post!
From what I've seen, the major difference will still be the lack of a hardware based IOMMU for Intel. This won't change until CSI comes out in 2009...


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By zsdersw on 4/28/2006 9:45:31 AM , Rating: 2
IIRC, there was some AMD fanboys ranting about memory addressing, etc. when EM64T first started appearing in Intel chips.

Then I recall hearing something about how that was no longer true.


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By Viditor on 4/28/2006 11:41:51 AM , Rating: 2
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Then I recall hearing something about how that was no longer true

No, it's still true...
The problem at the very beginning (first 6 months of EM64T) was that many of the Linux distros wouldn't support it at all...they expected a hardware IOMMU because they were all based on AMD64. Since it's been patched they will run fine, just slower.


RE: Woodcrest in June also
By zsdersw on 4/27/2006 7:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
The 64-bit implementation you refer to is a Netburst thing. I highly doubt the same luke-warm implementation will occur with Conroe/Merom/Woodcrest... so let's not assume the 64-bit capabilities of Conroe/Merom/Woodcrest will be like that of Netburst.

There's nothing to suggest AMD will regain the lead by next year. While AMD will be transitioning to 65nm on an *existing* core, Intel will be ramping up a *new* core. In other words, the potential for clock speed increases exists in *both*.. and only fanboy-ism would lead one to conclude that we can "expect AMD to regain the lead by next year".


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