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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 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.


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