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For the third year in a row, Intel continues layoffs to keep the company lean

Intel has pretty much been running the tables for the past year on the desktop, notebooks and server fronts. During the past year, the company has stretched its legs with its 65nm Core 2 micro architecture, introduced DDR3 memory platforms for the desktop and is on the verge of releasing new 45nm processors.

At this year Intel Developer Forum, the company showed off its technologies for the future including 32nm test wafers, 45nm Nehalem processors and its 45nm Menlow platform for Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Despite this wealth of good news on the performance and power efficiency front, Intel is still looking for more ways to stay competitive.

In an effort to further streamline its operations, the company has announced that it will cut its worldwide IT staff by up to 10 percent. "We're in a very competitive environment and need to stay agile and stay efficient," remarked Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy.

Mulloy made the comment after being questioned about the Intel Perspective Blog. The author of the blog, Intel IT Guy, went through all the nasty details of Intel's latest force reduction.

"We're in a very competitive environment and need to stay agile and stay efficient," said Intel IT Guy.

According to Intel IT Guy, the company is the process of assessing the skills of its employees and scoring their performance. Employees that don't make the cut will be "redeployed" within the company. Redeployment means that employees will have two months to find another position within the company according to Mulloy. For those that choose not to stick around for two months or don't find a new position within two months, a severance package based on years of service with Intel will be offered.

"This is primarily 'skills based' redeployment, which means we are going through a skills assessment process for each employee, scoring them, comparing scores, and then determining which skills we can most afford to lose from our individual groups. It's unpleasant, painful work, and just not going well - at least not for my team," said Intel IT Guy. "The skills assessment process is [in my opinion] meant to ensure that we're legally defensible and identifying people objectively."

Over the last three years, the company has trimmed its numbers by more than 11,000. Ten thousand workers were fired in September of 2006; an additional 1,000 were let go just months before that.

"We're past the point of trimming the fat - we're now into the muscle of the organization," continued Intel IT Guy.


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By James Holden on 9/24/2007 5:19:04 PM , Rating: -1
I'm not sure if you've ever created a marketing push, but let me tell you how it works:

1.) Some AMD employee needs to create a push that details why 3 core processors are a better value per core than quad-core, but also somehow better than dual-core
2.) Some other poor soul needs to figure how how to break the $260 price point on quad-core with the AMD tri-core. And mind you, since this chip is launching next year, baseline quad-core could be a lot lower than that.
3.) Guidance, SKUs, website, purchasing, logistics and inventory need to get shored up.

You think that stuff comes free? Even if those chips were just going to get thrown out, considering the marketing/sales nightmare this is a horrible project to have your name tied to.

I mean just think about it, trying to get the guy at Best Buy to explain to someone that X3 is better than X2, but not better than X4. And we're not talking about just a speed bump here either, but a whole different brand. I can't even get those guys to explain the difference between DVI and VGA.

Yeah good luck with that AMD.


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By Oregonian2 on 9/24/2007 6:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
True, it's possible that AMD's product order system is inept and hard to set up. However, even in the large company I had once worked in, the systems were in place and used for many many years such that it'd be pretty straightforward to put a new product in the system. Pure crank turning.

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I mean just think about it, trying to get the guy at Best Buy to explain to someone that X3 is better than X2, but not better than X4.


That seems pretty simple to me. And in any case, since when does a sales person in the stores do anything but make stuff up anyway?

P.S. - And it's not like it needs any marketting. Just put in on the price sheets and give it a suitable line item price. If it were me, I'd just sell them through channels to home and small builders, I doubt it'd be sold to Dell, HP, or the like. And as I mentioned before, selling "fall-out" parts with reduced specs is VERY old hat and has been done in the past as far back as I can remember (been an EE since 1973).


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