Intel Announces Earnings, Its First Smartphone Launches This Week
April 18, 2012 11:33 AM
The LePhone -- an Intel Android -- is not expected to reach the U.S. market for some time, if at all
Intel Corp. (
its latest financials and narrowly beat analyst expectations.
The quarter's financials for the
world's largest chipmaker
were a bit quirky as last year's calendar quarter 1 had 14 weeks for Intel, while this one only had 13 weeks.
While that would account for about a 7 percent drop in revenue, Intel's actual revenue dropped 13 percent to $12.9B USD (GAAP), compared to
last year's Q1 results
Operating income, the company's non-interest earnings, came in at $3.8B/4.0B USD (GAAP/non-GAAP), while the net income -- which takes into account interest or depreciation -- was $2.74B/$2.9B USD (53 cents per share). While this was down slightly from the $3.16B USD (GAAP) (56 cents per share) that Intel grabbed last year, it was a few cents better than the analyst consensus of 50.23 cents per share [
[Image Source: etechmag]
Intel predicts Q2 2012 revenue of $13.6B USD. The company says it plans to spend $18.3B USD in 2011, to upgrade its plants and try to further its lead in chipmaking processes.
II. ARM Invades the PC Space, Intel Counters With
Intel is currently fighting a two-front war against ARM Holdings plc (
) and its alliance of smartphone/tablet rebel chipmakers,
the most prominent of which is Qualcomm
). Qualcomm is moving to deploy
Windows 8 RT
this fall, leveraging its Snapdragon 4 platform's strong battery life and rich system-on-a-chip capabilities.
Intel looks to counter with
, which is expected to ship to market
. The new product was briefly delayed
due to soft demand
from system builders, which in turn was a result of components shortages attributed to 2011 Asian pressures from the
fall monsoon flooding
in southeast Asia.
is Intel's direct answer to ARM competitors in the PC space. [Image Source: Clubic]
is a die-shrink of the 32 nm
. The 22 nm chip will pack at least one major refinement, though, hosting a more powerful DirectX 11 capable on-die GPU. The chips are expected to also boast much better power efficiency, thanks both to the die shrink and the company's
new 22 nm 3D tri-gate (FinFET) transistors
III. Intel's First Smartphone Creeps Quietly to Market
Meanwhile as ARM and Intel prepare their next generation offerings for battle in the PC space, Intel has just dropped it's first soldier into ARM's home country -- tablets and smartphones.
The K800 smartphone
by Lenovo Group, ltd. (
) that popped at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is finally making its way to market, powered by a 1.6 GHz 32 nm Intel Atom Z2460 processor. The phone is Intel's first, making good on the company's long overdue processes regarding its
The K800 (which will be branded "LePhone" in some markets) is expected to run Android Gingerbread at launch. It features a 4.5-inch screen 720p (1280x720 pixel) screen and 8-megapixel camera.
The Lenovo K800 -- the "LePhone" [Image Source: TNW]
Long-time Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who said during a conference call that a launch would come “later this week”, delivered the launch surprise. The American market is not expected to receive any Intel phones until much later this year, if at all. The LePhone will largely target the European and Asian markets.
Intel is expected to step up its smartphone efforts in 2013, when it brings its 22 nm die shrink to the Atom line. The dramatic power savings of the die shrink and new 3D thin-gate FinFETs will, in theory, make it more competitive with ARM's designs that enjoy certain advantages at present architecturally in terms of power efficiency.
Benchmarks have suggested that Intel's Atom
may be more powerful computationally
than ARM's on a per-clock-cycle basis.
The Washington Post [K800 story]
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