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                  Intel Corporation




Type             Public company
                 NASDAQ: INTC NYSE: INTC
                 Euronext: INCO SEHK: 4335
Traded as
                 Dow Jones Component
                 NASDAQ-100 Component
Industry         Semiconductors
                 Mountain View, California, US
Founded
                 (July 18, 1968)[1]
Founder(s)       Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, U.S.[2]
Area served      Worldwide
                 Paul Otellini (President & CEO)
Key people
                 Jane Shaw (Chairman)
                 Bluetooth chipsets, flash memory,
Products         microprocessors, motherboard
                 chipsets, network interface cards
Revenue            US$ 43.623 billion (2010)[3]
Operating
                   US$ 16.045 billion (2010)[3]
income
Net income         US$ 11.464 billion (2010)[3]
Total assets       US$ 63.186 billion (2010)[3]
Total equity       US$ 49.430 billion (2010)[3]
Employees        82,500 (2010)[3]
Website          Intel.com

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is an American multinational technology corporation
headquartered in Santa Clara, California, United States and the world's largest semiconductor
chip maker, based on revenue.[4] It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the
processors found in most personal computers. Intel was founded on July 18, 1968, as Integrated
Electronics Corporation (though a common misconception is that "Intel" is from the word
intelligence). Intel also makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated
circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other devices related to
communications and computing. Founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon
Moore and widely associated with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove, Intel
combines advanced chip design capability with a leading-edge manufacturing capability. Though
Intel was originally known primarily to engineers and technologists, its "Intel Inside" advertising
campaign of the 1990s made it and its Pentium processor household names.

Intel was an early developer of SRAM and DRAM memory chips, and this represented the
majority of its business until 1981. While Intel created the first commercial microprocessor chip
in 1971, it was not until the success of the personal computer (PC) that this became its primary
business. During the 1990s, Intel invested heavily in new microprocessor designs fostering the
rapid growth of the computer industry. During this period Intel became the dominant supplier of
microprocessors for PCs, and was known for aggressive and sometimes illegal tactics in defense
of its market position, particularly against Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as well as a struggle
with Microsoft for control over the direction of the PC industry.[5][6] The 2010 rankings of the
world's 100 most powerful brands published by Millward Brown Optimor showed the company's
brand value at number 48.[7]

Intel has also begun research in electrical transmission and generation.[8][9] Intel has recently
introduced a 3-D transistor that may improve performance and energy efficiency.[10] Intel will be
mass producing this 3-D transistor, called Tri-Gate transistors, with their upcoming 22nm
process in the near future.[11] In 2011, Spetrawatt Inc., a solar cell spinoff of Intel, filed for
bankruptcy under Chapter 11. [12]


Contents
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        1 Corporate history
             o 1.1 Origins
             o 1.2 Early history
             o 1.3 Slowing demand and challenges to dominance
             o 1.4 Regaining of momentum
             o 1.5 Sale of XScale processor business
             o 1.6 Acquisitions
             o 1.7 Expansions
        2 Product and market history
       o   2.1 SRAMS and the microprocessor
       o   2.2 From DRAM to microprocessors
       o   2.3 Intel, x86 processors, and the IBM PC
                2.3.1 386 microprocessor
                2.3.2 486, Pentium, and Itanium
                2.3.3 Pentium flaw
                2.3.4 "Intel Inside" and other 1990s programs
       o 2.4 Solid-state drives (SSD)
       o 2.5 Supercomputers
       o 2.6 Competition, antitrust and espionage
       o 2.7 Partnership with Apple
       o 2.8 Core 2 Duo advertisement controversy
       o 2.9 Classmate PC
       o 2.10 Mobile processor
       o 2.11 Plans for tablets and smartphones
       o 2.12 Server chips
       o 2.13 Personal Office Energy Monitor (POEM)
       o 2.14 IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces
       o 2.15 Car Security System
   3 Corporate affairs
       o 3.1 Leadership and corporate structure
       o 3.2 Employment
                3.2.1 Diversity
       o 3.3 Funding of a school
       o 3.4 Ultrabook Fund
       o 3.5 Finances
       o 3.6 Advertising and brand management
                3.6.1 Intel Inside
                3.6.2 Logos
                3.6.3 Sonic logo
                3.6.4 Naming strategy
       o 3.7 Open source support
       o 3.8 Environmental record
       o 3.9 Religious controversy
       o 3.10 Age discrimination
   4 Competition
       o 4.1 Lawsuits
       o 4.2 Anti-competitive allegations
                4.2.1 Japan
                4.2.2 European Union
                4.2.3 South Korea
                4.2.4 United States
   5 Market share
   6 See also
   7 References
      8 External links



[edit] Corporate history
[edit] Origins




Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, USA

Intel was founded in Mountain View, California in 1968 by Gordon E. Moore (of "Moore's Law"
fame, a chemist and physicist), Robert Noyce (a physicist and co-inventor of the integrated
circuit), and Arthur Rock (investor and venture capitalist). Moore and Noyce had both come
from Fairchild Semiconductor were the first two employees, and Aurthur was an investor only
(not an employee), but was Chairman of the Board.[13][14] The total initial investment in Intel was
$2.5 million convertible debentures and $10,000 from Rock. Just 2 years later, Intel completes
their initial public offering (IPO) raising $6.8 million ($23.50 per share).[13] Intel's third
employee was Andy Grove,[15] a chemical engineer, who later ran the company through much of
the 1980s and the high-growth 1990s.

Moore and Noyce initially wanted to name the company "Moore Noyce".[16] The name, however,
was a homophone for "more noise" – an ill-suited name for an electronics company, since noise
in electronics is usually very undesirable and typically associated with bad interference. Instead
they used the name NM Electronics for almost a year, before deciding to call their company
Integrated Electronics or "Intel" for short.[17] Since "Intel" was already trademarked by the hotel
chain Intelco, they had to buy the rights for the name.[13][18]

[edit] Early history

At its founding, Intel was distinguished outstandingly by its ability to make semiconductors and
its first product in 1969 was the 3101 Schottky bipolar random access memory (RAM). That
same year Intel produced the first metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) static random access
memory (SRAM) chips.[13][19] Intel's business grew during the 1970s as it expanded and
improved its manufacturing processes and produced a wider range of products, still dominated
by various memory devices.

While Intel created the first commercially available microprocessor (Intel 4004) in 1971[13] and
one of the first microcomputers in 1972,[20][19] by the early 1980s its business was dominated by
dynamic random access memory chips. However, increased competition from Japanese
semiconductor manufacturers had, by 1983, dramatically reduced the profitability of this market,
and the sudden success of the IBM personal computer convinced then-CEO Andrew Grove to
shift the company's focus to microprocessors, and to change fundamental aspects of that business
model.

By the end of the 1980s this decision had proven successful. Buoyed by its fortuitous position as
microprocessor supplier to IBM and its competitors within the rapidly growing personal
computer market, Intel embarked on a 10-year period of unprecedented growth as the primary
(and most profitable) hardware supplier to the PC industry. By launching its Intel Inside
marketing campaign in 1991, Intel was able to associate brand loyalty with consumer selection,
so that by the end of the 1990s, its line of Pentium processors had become a household name.

[edit] Slowing demand and challenges to dominance

After 2000, growth in demand for high-end microprocessors slowed. Competitors, notably AMD
(Intel's largest competitor in its primary x86 architecture market), garnered significant market
share, initially in low-end and mid-range processors but ultimately across the product range, and
Intel's dominant position in its core market was greatly reduced.[21] In the early 2000s then-CEO
Craig Barrett attempted to diversify the company's business beyond semiconductors, but few of
these activities were ultimately successful.

Intel had also for a number of years been embroiled in litigation. US law did not initially
recognize intellectual property rights related to microprocessor topology (circuit layouts), until
the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, a law sought by Intel and the Semiconductor
Industry Association (SIA).[22] During the late 1980s and 1990s (after this law was passed) Intel
also sued companies that tried to develop competitor chips to the 80386 CPU.[23] The lawsuits
were noted to significantly burden the competition with legal bills, even if Intel lost the suits.[23]
Antitrust allegations that had been simmering since the early 1990s and already been the cause of
one lawsuit against Intel in 1991, broke out again as AMD brought further claims against Intel
related to unfair competition in 2004, and again in 2005.

In 2005, CEO Paul Otellini reorganized the company to refocus its core processor and chipset
business on platforms (enterprise, digital home, digital health, and mobility) which led to the
hiring of over 20,000 new employees.[citation needed] In September 2006 due to falling profits, the
company announced a restructuring that resulted in layoffs of 10,500 employees or about 10
percent of its workforce by July 2006.[citation needed]

[edit] Regaining of momentum

Faced with the need to regain lost marketplace momentum,[21][24] Intel unveiled its new product
development model to regain its prior technological lead. Known as its "tick-tock model", the
program was based upon annual alternation of microarchitecture innovation and process
innovation.
In 2006, Intel produced P6 and NetBurst products with reduced die size (65 nm). A year later it
unveiled its Core microarchitecture to widespread critical acclaim;[25] the product range was
perceived as an exceptional leap in processor performance that at a stroke regained much of its
leadership of the field.[26][27] In 2008, we saw another "tick", Intel introduced the Penryn
microarchitecture, undergoing a shrink from 65 nm to 45 nm, and the year after saw the release
of its positively reviewed successor processor, Nehalem, followed by another silicon shrink to
the 32nm process.

Intel was not the first microprocessor corporation to do this. For example, around 1996 graphics
chip designers nVidia had addressed its own business and marketplace difficulties by adopting a
demanding 6-month internal product cycle whose products repeatedly outperformed market
expectation.

[edit] Sale of XScale processor business

On June 27, 2006, the sale of Intel's XScale assets was announced. Intel agreed to sell the XScale
processor business to Marvell Technology Group for an estimated $600 million (They bought
them for $1.6billion) in cash and the assumption of unspecified liabilities. The move was
intended to permit Intel to focus its resources on its core x86 and server businesses, and the
acquisition completed on November 9, 2006.[28]

[edit] Acquisitions

In August 2010, Intel announced two major acquisitions. On August 19, Intel announced that it
planned to purchase McAfee, a manufacturer of computer security technology. The purchase
price was $7.68 billion, and the companies said that if the deal were approved, new products
would be released early in 2011.[29]

Less than two weeks later, the company announced the acquisition of Infineon Technologies’
Wireless Solutions business.[30] With the Infineon transaction, Intel plans to use the company’s
technology in laptops, smart phones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers in consumer
products, eventually integrating its wireless modem into Intel’s silicon chips.[31] Intel won the
European Union regulatory approval for its acquisition of McAfee on January 26, 2011. Intel
agreed to ensure that rival security firms have access to all necessary information that would
allow their products to use Intel's chips and personal computers.[32]

Following the closure of the McAfee deal, Intel's workforce totals approximately 90,000,
including (roughly) 12,000 software engineers.[33]

In March 2011, Intel bought most of the assets of Cairo-based SySDSoft.[34]

In July 2011, Intel announced that it has agreed to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems Inc., a
company specializing in network switches. [35] The company was previously included on EE
Times list of 60 Emerging Startups. [35]

[edit] Expansions
In 2008, Intel spun off key assets of a solar startup business effort to form an independent
company, SpetraWatt Inc. However, as of 2011, SpectraWatt has filed for bankruptcy. [36]

February 2011: The company will build a new microprocessor factory at Chandler, Arizona
which is expected to be completed in 2013 at a cost of $5 billion. It will accommodate 4,000
employees. The company produces three quarters of their products in the United States, although
three quarters of the revenue come from overseas.[37][38]

April 2011: Intel Corporation began a pilot project to produce smartphones with ZTE
Corporation for China's domestic market. This project is intended to challenge the domination of
ARM processors in mobile phones. The smartphone will be based on the Intel Atom
processor.[39]

[edit] Product and market history
[edit] SRAMS and the microprocessor

The company's first products were shift register memory and random-access memory integrated
circuits, and Intel grew to be a leader in the fiercely competitive DRAM, SRAM, and ROM
markets throughout the 1970s. Concurrently, Intel engineers Marcian Hoff, Federico Faggin,
Stanley Mazor and Masatoshi Shima invented Intel's first microprocessor. Originally developed
for the Japanese company Busicom to replace a number of ASICs in a calculator already
produced by Busicom, the Intel 4004 was introduced to the mass market on November 15, 1971,
though the microprocessor did not become the core of Intel's business until the mid-1980s.
(Note: Intel is usually given credit with Texas Instruments for the almost-simultaneous invention
of the microprocessor.)

[edit] From DRAM to microprocessors

In 1983, at the dawn of the personal computer era, Intel's profits came under increased pressure
from Japanese memory-chip manufacturers, and then-President Andy Grove drove the company
into a focus on microprocessors. Grove described this transition in the book Only the Paranoid
Survive. A key element of his plan was the notion, then considered radical, of becoming the
single source for successors to the popular 8086 microprocessor.

Until then, manufacture of complex integrated circuits was not reliable enough for customers to
depend on a single supplier, but Grove began producing processors in three geographically
distinct factories, and ceased licensing the chip designs to competitors such as Zilog and AMD.
When the PC industry boomed in the late 1980s and 1990s, Intel was one of the primary
beneficiaries.

[edit] Intel, x86 processors, and the IBM PC
The die from an Intel 8742, an 8-bit microcontroller that includes a CPU running at 12 MHz, 128
bytes of RAM, 2048 bytes of EPROM, and I/O in the same chip.

Despite the ultimate importance of the microprocessor, the 4004 and its successors the 8008 and
the 8080 were never major revenue contributors at Intel. As the next processor, the 8086 (and its
variant the 8088) was completed in 1978, Intel embarked on a major marketing and sales
campaign for that chip nicknamed "Operation Crush", and intended to win as many customers
for the processor as possible. One design win was the newly created IBM PC division, though
the importance of this was not fully realized at the time.

IBM introduced its personal computer in 1981, and it was rapidly successful. In 1982, Intel
created the 80286 microprocessor, which, two years later, was used in the IBM PC/AT. Compaq,
the first IBM PC "clone" manufacturer, produced a desktop system based on the faster 80286
processor in 1985 and in 1986 quickly followed with the first 80386-based system, beating IBM
and establishing a competitive market for PC-compatible systems and setting up Intel as a key
component supplier.

In 1975 the company had started a project to develop a highly advanced 32-bit microprocessor,
finally released in 1981 as the Intel iAPX 432. The project was too ambitious and the processor
was never able to meet its performance objectives, and it failed in the marketplace. Intel
extended the x86 architecture to 32 bits instead.[40][41]

[edit] 386 microprocessor

During this period Andrew Grove dramatically redirected the company, closing much of its
DRAM business and directing resources to the microprocessor business. Of perhaps greater
importance was his decision to "single-source" the 386 microprocessor. Prior to this,
microprocessor manufacturing was in its infancy, and manufacturing problems frequently
reduced or stopped production, interrupting supplies to customers. To mitigate this risk, these
customers typically insisted that multiple manufacturers produce chips they could use to ensure a
consistent supply. The 8080 and 8086-series microprocessors were produced by several
companies, notably AMD. Grove made the decision not to license the 386 design to other
manufacturers, instead producing it in three geographically distinct factories in Santa Clara,
California; Hillsboro, Oregon; and the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Chandler; and convincing
customers that this would ensure consistent delivery. As the success of Compaq's Deskpro 386
established the 386 as the dominant CPU choice, Intel achieved a position of near-exclusive
dominance as its supplier. Profits from this funded rapid development of both higher-
performance chip designs and higher-performance manufacturing capabilities, propelling Intel to
a position of unquestioned leadership by the early 1990s.

[edit] 486, Pentium, and Itanium

Intel introduced the 486 microprocessor in 1989, and in 1990 formally established a second
design team, designing the processors code-named "P5" and "P6" in parallel and committing to a
major new processor every two years, versus the four or more years such designs had previously
taken. The P5 was earlier known as "Operation Bicycle" referring to the cycles of the processor.
The P5 was introduced in 1993 as the Intel Pentium, substituting a registered trademark name for
the former part number (numbers, such as 486, are hard to register as a trademark). The P6
followed in 1995 as the Pentium Pro and improved into the Pentium II in 1997. New
architectures were developed alternately in Santa Clara, California and Hillsboro, Oregon.

The Santa Clara design team embarked in 1993 on a successor to the x86 architecture,
codenamed "P7". The first attempt was dropped a year later, but quickly revived in a cooperative
program with Hewlett-Packard engineers, though Intel soon took over primary design
responsibility. The resulting implementation of the IA-64 64-bit architecture was the Itanium,
finally introduced in June 2001. The Itanium's performance running legacy x86 code did not
achieve expectations, and it failed to compete effectively with 64-bit extensions to the original
x86 architecture, introduced by AMD, named x86-64 (although Intel uses the name Intel 64,
previously EM64T). As of 2009, Intel continues to develop and deploy the Itanium.

The Hillsboro team designed the Willamette processors (code-named P67 and P68) which were
marketed as the Pentium 4.[citation needed]

In June 2011, Intel will introduce the first Pentium mobile processor, based on Sandy Bridge
core. The B940, clocked at 2 GHz, is faster than existing or upcoming mobile Celerons, although
it is almost identical to dual-core Celeron CPUs in all other aspects.[42]

[edit] Pentium flaw

Main article: Pentium FDIV bug

In June 1994, Intel engineers discovered a flaw in the floating-point math subsection of the P5
Pentium microprocessor. Under certain data dependent conditions, low order bits of the result of
floating-point division operations would be incorrect, an error that can quickly compound in
floating-point operations to much larger errors in subsequent calculations. Intel corrected the
error in a future chip revision, but nonetheless declined to disclose it.[citation needed]

In October 1994, Dr. Thomas Nicely, Professor of Mathematics at Lynchburg College
independently discovered the bug, and upon receiving no response from his inquiry to Intel, on
October 30 posted a message on the Internet.[43] Word of the bug spread quickly on the Internet
and then to the industry press. Because the bug was easy to replicate by an average user (there
was a sequence of numbers one could enter into the OS calculator to show the error), Intel's
statements that it was minor and "not even an erratum" were not accepted by many computer
users. During Thanksgiving 1994, The New York Times ran a piece by journalist John Markoff
spotlighting the error. Intel changed its position and offered to replace every chip, quickly
putting in place a large end-user support organization. This resulted in a $500 million charge
against Intel's 1994 revenue.

Ironically, the "Pentium flaw" incident, Intel's response to it, and the surrounding media
coverage propelled Intel from being a technology supplier generally unknown to most computer
users to a household name. Dovetailing with an uptick in the "Intel Inside" campaign, the
episode is considered to have been a positive event for Intel, changing some of its business
practices to be more end-user focused and generating substantial public awareness, while
avoiding a lasting negative impression.[44]

[edit] "Intel Inside" and other 1990s programs

During this period, Intel undertook two major supporting programs. The first is widely known:
the 1991 "Intel Inside" marketing and branding campaign. The idea of ingredient branding was
new at the time with only Nutrasweet and a few others making attempts at that.[45] This campaign
established Intel, which had been a component supplier little-known outside the PC industry, as a
household name.

The second program is little-known: Intel's Systems Group began, in the early 1990s,
manufacturing PC "motherboards", the main board component of a personal computer, and the
one into which the processor (CPU) and memory (RAM) chips are plugged.[46] Shortly after,
Intel began manufacturing fully configured "white box" systems for the dozens of PC clone
companies that rapidly sprang up.[citation needed] At its peak in the mid-1990s, Intel manufactured
over 15% of all PCs, making it the third-largest supplier at the time.[citation needed]

During the 1990s, Intel's Architecture Lab (IAL) was responsible for many of the hardware
innovations of the personal computer, including the PCI Bus, the PCI Express (PCIe) bus, the
Universal Serial Bus (USB), Bluetooth wireless interconnect, and the now-dominant[citation needed]
architecture for multiprocessor servers.[clarification needed] IAL's software efforts met with a more
mixed fate; its video and graphics software was important in the development of software digital
video,[citation needed] but later its efforts were largely overshadowed by competition from Microsoft.
The competition between Intel and Microsoft was revealed in testimony by IAL Vice-President
Steven McGeady at the Microsoft antitrust trial.

[edit] Solid-state drives (SSD)

On September 8, 2008, Intel began shipping its first mainstream solid-state drives, the X18-M
and X25-M with 80GB and 160GB storage capacities.[47] These MLC-based drives received
wide critical acclaim for their superior performance.[48][49][50][51] Intel released their SLC-based
Enterprise X25-E Extreme SSDs on October 15 that same year in capacities of 32GB and
64GB.[52]
In July 2009, Intel refreshed their X25-M and X18-M lines by moving from a 50-nanometer to a
34-nanometer process. These new drives, dubbed by the press as the X25-M and X18-M
G2[53][54] (or generation 2), reduced prices by up to 60 percent while offering lower latency and
improved performance.[55]

On February 1, 2010, Intel and Micron announced that they were gearing up for production of
NAND flash memory using a new 25-nanometer process.[56] In March of that same year, Intel
entered the budget SSD segment with their X25-V drives with an initial capacity of 40GB.[57]
The SSD 310, Intel's first mSATA drive was released on December 2010, providing X25-M G2
performance in a much smaller package.[58][59]

March 2011 saw the introduction of two new SSD lines from Intel. The first, the SSD 510, uses a
SATA 6 Gigabit per second interface in order to reach speeds of up to 500 MegaBytes per
second.[60] The drive, which uses a controller from Marvell,[61] was released using 34 nm NAND
Flash and came in capacities of 120GB and 250GB. The second product announcement, the SSD
320, is the successor to Intel's earlier X25-M. It uses the new 25 nm process that Intel and
Micron announced in 2010, and was released in capacities of 40 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, 160 GB,
300 GB and 600 GB.[62] Sequential read performance maxes out at 270 MB/s due to the older
SATA 3 Gbit/s interface, and sequential write performance varies greatly based on the size of the
drive with sequential write performance of the 40 GB model peaking at 45 MB/s and the 600 GB
at 220 MB/s.[63]

Micron and Intel announced that they were producing their first 20 nm MLC NAND flash on
April 14, 2011.[64]

                                              Intel SSDs
                                                                     Rnd
                                                             Seq.
                               NA                                   4KB
Mod Coden       Capacities         Interf      Form Contr read/           Introd Comment /
                               ND                                  read/w
 el  ame          (GB)              ace        factor oller write          uced   Source
                              type                                   rite
                                                             MB/s
                                                                    IOPS
X18-                          50 n                                 35,000 Sept
                                     SAT
M/X Ephrai                     m              1.8"/2.5       250 /     /   2008    [47][65]
                  80/160              A3               Intel
25-   m                       ML                  "           70 3,300– (now
                                     Gbit/s
 M                             C                                     350   EOL)
                              50 n   SAT
X25- Ephrai                                                   250 / 35,000    Oct       [52][54]
                   32/64       m      A3       2.5"   Intel
 E     m                                                       170 / 3,300   2008
                              SLC    Gbit/s
X18-
 M                            34 n                                  35,000
                                   SAT
G2 / Postvill                  m          1.8"/2.5            250 /    /     July       [53][54]
                  80/160            A3             Intel
X25-    e                     ML             "                 100 6,600–    2009
                                   Gbit/s
 M                             C                                     300
 G2
                                                                                        [57][66]
X25- Glenbr         40        25 n SAT         2.5"   Intel   170 / 25,000    Mar
 V     ook                     m      A3                          35      / 2,500- 2010
                              ML     Gbit/s                                   ?
                               C
                              25 n
      Soda                     m     mSA      Mini-                               Dec       [58][67]
310               40/80                                Intel
      Creek                   ML     TA       PCIe                                2010
                               C
                              34 n
                                     SAT
      Elmcre                   m                      Marvel                      Mar       [60][68]
510              120/250              A6      2.5"
        st                    ML                        l                         2011
                                     Gbit/s
                               C
                                                                                       Originally to
                                                                                        be released
                                                                                         Oct 2010,
                          25 n                                                         named X18-
    Postvill                   SAT
             40/80/120/160 m                          Intel[69                    Mar    M G3 &
320    e                        A3            2.5"       ]
               /300/600    ML                                                     2011 X25-M G3
    Refresh                    Gbit/s
                           C                                                           and the 1.8"
                                                                                          was not
                                                                                       released[54][6
                                                                                             2][70]

                                                                          Special low
                                                                            capacity
                                                                           SLC SSD
                              34 n SAT
      Larsen                             2.5"/mS       200/10 37,000/ May for use with
311                 20         m A3              Intel
      Creek                               ATA            5     3300 2011 Intel Smart
                              SLC Gbit/s
                                                                           Response
                                                                          Technology[
                                                                                           71][72][73]

                       25 n
                        m
                                     SAT                                         Possibl
    Lyndon             ML                                                                   [74][75]
710        100/200/300                A3                                         y July
     ville              C-
                                     Gbit/s                                       2011
                       HE
                        T
                       34 n                                                      Possibl
    Ramsd                            PCIe                        2200/1                     [74][75]
720          200/400    m                     PCIe                                y Q3,
      ale                            2.0x8                        800
                       SLC                                                        2011

[edit] Supercomputers

The Intel Scientific Computers division was founded in 1984 by Justin Rattner, in order to design
and produce parallel computers based on Intel microprocessors connected in hypercube
topologies.[76] In 1992 the name was changed to the Intel Supercomputing Systems Division, and
development of the iWarp architecture was also subsumed.[77] The division designed several
supercomputer systems, including the Intel iPSC/1, iPSC/2, iPSC/860, Paragon and ASCI Red.

[edit] Competition, antitrust and espionage

See also: AMD v. Intel

Two factors combined to end this dominance: the slowing of PC demand growth beginning in
2000 and the rise of the low cost PC. By the end of the 1990s, microprocessor performance had
outstripped software demand for that CPU power. Aside from high-end server systems and
software, demand for which dropped with the end of the "dot-com bubble", consumer systems
ran effectively on increasingly low-cost systems after 2000. Intel's strategy of producing ever-
more-powerful processors and obsoleting their predecessors stumbled,[citation needed] leaving an
opportunity for rapid gains by competitors, notably AMD. This in turn lowered the
profitability[citation needed] of the processor line and ended an era of unprecedented dominance of
the PC hardware by Intel.[citation needed]

Intel's dominance in the x86 microprocessor market led to numerous charges of antitrust
violations over the years, including FTC investigations in both the late 1980s and in 1999, and
civil actions such as the 1997 suit by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and a patent suit by
Intergraph. Intel's market dominance (at one time[when?] it controlled over 85% of the market for
32-bit x86 microprocessors) combined with Intel's own hardball legal tactics (such as its
infamous 338 patent suit versus PC manufacturers)[78] made it an attractive target for litigation,
but few of the lawsuits ever amounted to anything.[clarification needed]

A case of industrial espionage arose in 1995 that involved both Intel and AMD. Bill Gaede, an
Argentine formerly employed both at AMD and at Intel's Arizona plant, was arrested for
attempting in 1993 to sell the i486 and P5 Pentium designs to AMD and to certain foreign
powers.[79] Gaede videotaped data from his computer screen at Intel and mailed it to AMD,
which immediately alerted Intel and authorities, resulting in Gaede's arrest. Gaede was convicted
and sentenced to 33 months in prison in June 1996.[80][81]

[edit] Partnership with Apple

For more details on this topic, see Apple–Intel transition.

On June 6, 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be transitioning from its
long favored PowerPC architecture to the Intel x86 architecture, because the future PowerPC
road map was unable to satisfy Apple's needs. The first Macintosh computers containing Intel
CPUs were announced on January 10, 2006, and Apple had its entire line of consumer Macs
running on Intel processors by early August 2006. The Apple Xserve server was updated to Intel
Xeon processors from November 2006, and was offered in a configuration similar to Apple's
Mac Pro.[82]

[edit] Core 2 Duo advertisement controversy
In 2007, the company released a print advertisement for its Core 2 Duo processor featuring six
African American runners appearing to bow down to a Caucasian male inside of an office setting
(due to the posture taken by runners on starting blocks). According to Nancy Bhagat, Vice
President of Intel Corporate Marketing, the general public found the ad to be "insensitive and
insulting."[83] The campaign was quickly pulled and several Intel executives made public
apologies on the corporate website.[84]

[edit] Classmate PC

Intel's Classmate PC is the company's first low-cost netbook computer.

[edit] Mobile processor

In March 2011, Intel introduced the first, and so far the only one, mobile Celeron processor with
Sandy Bridge core.[85]

[edit] Plans for tablets and smartphones

Intel planned to introduce Medfield – a processor for tablets and smartphones – to the market in
2012, as an effort to compete with ARM.[86] As a 32-nanometer processor, Medfield is designed
to be energy-efficient, which is one of the core features in ARM’s chips.[87]

[edit] Server chips

In July 2011, Intel announced that it will add new sensors to its server chips to help companies
improve the efficiency of data center cooling systems, with a view to cutting operating costs and
prolonging the life of equipment.[88]

[edit] Personal Office Energy Monitor (POEM)

As part of its efforts in the Positive Energy Buildings Consortium, Intel has been developing an
application, called Personal Office Energy Monitor (POEM), to help office buildings to be more
energy-efficient. With this application, employees can get the power consumption info for their
office machines, so that they can figure out a better way to save energy in their working
environment.[89]

[edit] IT Manager 3: Unseen Forces

IT Manager III: Unseen Forces is a web-based IT simulation game from Intel. In it you manage a
company's IT department. The goal is to apply technology and skill to enable the company to
grow from a small business into a global enterprise.[citation needed]

[edit] Car Security System
In 2011, Intel announced that it is working on a Car Security system that connects to
smartphones via an application. The application works by streaming video to a cloud service if
your car is broken into. [90]

[edit] Corporate affairs
In September 2006, Intel had nearly 100,000 employees and 200 facilities world wide. Its 2005
revenues were $38.8 billion and its Fortune 500 ranking was 49th. Its stock symbol is INTC,
listed on the NASDAQ. As of February 2009 the biggest customers of Intel are Hewlett-Packard
and Dell.[91]

[edit] Leadership and corporate structure

Robert Noyce was Intel's CEO at its founding in 1968, followed by co-founder Gordon Moore in
1975. Andy Grove became the company's President in 1979 and added the CEO title in 1987
when Moore became Chairman. In 1998 Grove succeeded Moore as Chairman, and Craig
Barrett, already company president, took over. On May 18, 2005, Barrett handed the reins of the
company over to Paul Otellini, who previously was the company president and was responsible
for Intel's design win in the original IBM PC. The board of directors elected Otellini CEO, and
Barrett replaced Grove as Chairman of the Board. Grove stepped down as Chairman, but is
retained as a special adviser. In May 2009, Barrett stepped down as chairman and Jane Shaw was
elected as the new Chairman of the Board.

Current members of the board of directors of Intel are Craig Barrett, Charlene Barshefsky, Susan
Decker, James Guzy, Reed Hundt, Paul Otellini, James Plummer, David Pottruck, Jane Shaw,
John Thornton, and David Yoffie.[92]

[edit] Employment

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Intel microprocessor facility in Costa Rica was responsible in 2006 for 20% of Costa Rican
exports and 4.9% of the country's GDP.[93]
The firm promotes very heavily from within, most notably in its executive suite. The company
has resisted the trend toward outsider CEOs. Paul Otellini was a 30-year veteran of the company
when he assumed the role of CEO. All of his top lieutenants have risen through the ranks after
many years with the firm. In many cases, Intel's top executives have spent their entire working
careers with Intel, a very rare occurrence in volatile Silicon Valley[citation needed].

Intel has a mandatory retirement policy for its CEOs when they reach age 65, Andy Grove
retired at 62, while both Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore retired at 58. Grove retired as
Chairman and as a member of the board of directors in 2005 at age 68.

No one has an office; everyone, even Otellini, sits in a cubicle. This is designed to promote
egalitarianism among employees, but some new hires have difficulty adjusting to this
change[citation needed]. Intel is not alone in this policy. Dell Computers, Hewlett-Packard and
NVIDIA have similar no-office policy.

The company is headquartered in California's Silicon Valley and has operations around the
world. Outside of California, the company has facilities in China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Israel,
Ireland, India, Russia and Vietnam, 63 countries and regions internationally. In the U.S. Intel
employs significant numbers of people in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, New
Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Utah. In Oregon, Intel is the state's largest private
employer with over 15,000 employees, primarily in Hillsboro.[94] The company is the largest
industrial employer in New Mexico while in Arizona the company has over 10,000
employees.[citation needed]

Intel invests heavily in research in China and about 100 researchers – or 10% of the total number
of researchers from Intel – are located in Beijing.[95]

In 2011, the Israeli government offered Intel $290 million to expand in the country. As a
condition, Intel will have to employ 1,500 more workers in Kiryat Gat and between 600-1000
workers in the north. [96]

[edit] Diversity

Intel has a Diversity Initiative, including employee diversity groups as well as supplier diversity
programs.[97] Like many companies with employee diversity groups, they include groups based
on race and nationality as well as sexual identity and religion. In 1994, Intel sanctioned one of
the earliest corporate Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender employee groups,[98] and supports
a Muslim employees group,[99] a Jewish employees group,[100] and a Bible-based Christian
group.[101][102]

Intel received a 100% rating on the first Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights
Campaign in 2002. It has maintained this rating in 2003 and 2004. In addition, the company was
named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers in 2005 by Working Mother
magazine.

[edit] Funding of a school
In Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Intel is the leading employer.[103] In 1997, a community partnership
between Sandoval County and Intel Corporation funded and built Rio Rancho High
School.[104][105]

[edit] Ultrabook Fund

In 2011, Intel Capital announced a new fund to support startups working on technologies in line
with the company's concept for next generation notebooks. [106] The company is setting aside a
$300 million fund to be spent over the next three to four years in areas related to ultrabooks. [106]
Intel announced the ultrabook concept at Computex in 2011. The ultrabook will be a thin
notebook that also incorporates tablet features such as a touch screen. [106]

[edit] Finances




Intel stock price, Nov 1986 – Nov 2006

Intel's market capitalization is $122.41 billion (Feb. 22, 2011). It publicly trades on NASDAQ
with the symbol INTC. A widely held stock, the following indices include Intel shares: Dow
Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, NASDAQ-100, Russell 1000 Index, Russell 1000 Growth
Index and SOX (PHLX Semiconductor Sector).

On July 15, 2008, Intel announced that it had achieved the highest earnings in the history of the
company during Q2 2008.[107]


[edit] Advertising and brand management

[edit] Intel Inside

Intel has become one of the world's most recognizable computer brands following its long-
running Intel Inside campaign. The campaign, which started in 1991, was created by Intel
marketing manager Dennis Carter.[108] The five-note jingle was introduced the following year
and by its tenth anniversary was being heard in 130 countries around the world. The initial
branding agency for the Intel Inside campaign was DahlinSmithWhite Advertising of Salt Lake
City. The Intel swirl logo was the work of DahlinSmithWhite art director Steve Grigg under the
direction of Intel president and CEO Andy Grove.
The Intel Inside advertising campaign sought public brand loyalty and awareness of Intel
processors in consumer computers.[109] Intel paid some of the advertiser's costs for an ad that
used the Intel Inside logo and jingle.[110]

In 2008, Intel planned to shift the emphasis of its Intel Inside campaign from traditional media
such as television and print to newer media such as the Internet.[111] Intel required that a
minimum of 35% of the money it provided to the companies in its co-op program be used for
online marketing.[111] The Intel 2010 annual financial report indicated that $1.8 billion (6% of the
gross margin and nearly 16% of the total net income) was allocated to all advertising with Intel
Inside being part of that.[112]

[edit] Logos

                              Intel Brand Logos
  Corporate                Intel Inside
                  Date                    Date              Remarks
    Logo                      Logo




                                                The original "Intel Inside"
                                                logo. It was used both stand
                                          1991–
                                                alone and with the
                                           2003
                                                associated processor brand
                                                name.


                 1968–
                  2005


                                                Highly similar Intel Inside
                                                logo, but changed to
                                          2003– resemble the original Intel
                                           2005 logo with lowering of the
                                                Intel "e" and changing the
                                                typeface.
                                                   Intel phased out the original
                                                   corporate Intel and Intel
                                                   Inside logos in favor of a
                                                   new base Intel logo clearly
                                                   inspired by the older Intel
                                             2006–
                                                   Inside logo, but omitted the
                                              2009
                                                   word inside. The typeface
                                                   was changed to Neo Sans
                                                   Intel. In some instances the
                                                   slogan Leap ahead was
                                                   added to the corporate logo.

                                                    In 2009, the Intel Inside
                                                    logos were updated to a
                                                    horizontal shape with a
                                                    visual exposure of silicon
                                                    below the label to help
                 2005–                              portray the idea that Intel is
                 present                            in the chips inside the
                                            2009–
                                                    computer. The various
                                             2011
                                                    brand names were used on
                                                    this basic shape including
                                                    Core, i3, i5, i7, Atom,
                                                    Pentium, and Xeon. Other
                                                    logos included the names
                                                    Chipset, Server Board,
                                                    and Workstation Board.
                                                    The Intel Inside logos are
                                                    slightly modified to move
                                                    the exposed silicon image to
                                                    the middle of the logo. This
                                            2011– also moved the inside word
                                            present up next to the Intel logo
                                                    more closely associating
                                                    them. The product brand
                                                    name is displayed at the
                                                    bottom of the logo.

Some artists have incorporated Intel brand culture into their works. For example, evil inside
stickers,[113] Intel inside, idiot outside[114] and a tombstone with R.I.P Intel Inside.[115] The sticker
on the supercomputer Hex of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books reads "Anthill inside".

[edit] Sonic logo
The famous D♭ D♭ G♭ D♭ A♭ jingle, sonic logo, tag, audio mnemonic (MP3 file of
sonic logo) was produced by Musikvergnuegen and written by Walter Werzowa from the
Austrian 1980s sampling band Edelweiss.[116] The Sonic logo has undergone substantial changes
in tone since the introduction of the Pentium III, Pentium 4, and Core processors, yet keeps the
same jingle.

[edit] Naming strategy

In 2006, Intel expanded its promotion of open specification platforms beyond Centrino, to
include the Viiv media center PC and the business desktop Intel vPro.

In mid January 2006, Intel announced that they were dropping the long running Pentium name
from their processors. The Pentium name was first used to refer to the P5 core Intel processors
(Pent refers to the 5 in P5,) and was done to circumvent court rulings that prevent the
trademarking of a string of numbers, so competitors could not just call their processor the same
name, as had been done with the prior 386 and 486 processors. (Both of which had copies
manufactured by both IBM and AMD). They phased out the Pentium names from mobile
processors first, when the new Yonah chips, branded Core Solo and Core Duo, were released.
The desktop processors changed when the Core 2 line of processors were released. By 2009 Intel
was using a good-better-best strategy with Celeron being good, Pentium better, and the Intel
Core family representing the best the company has to offer.[117]

According to spokesman Bill Calder, since 2009, Intel has maintained only the Celeron brand,
the Atom brand for netbooks and the vPro lineup for businesses. Upcoming processors will carry
the Intel Core brand, but will be known as the Intel Core i7, or Core i3 depending on their
segment of the market. vPro products will carry the Intel Core i7 vPro processor or the Intel Core
i5 vPro processor name.[118] Intel Core i7 was featured in MSI's X460, a new 14-inch
ultraportable laptop that is said to be the lightest laptop, which was announced on July 8, 2011.
[119]



Beginning in 2010 "Centrino" will only be applied to Intel's WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies; it
won't be a PC brand anymore. This will be an evolutionary process taking place over time, Intel
acknowledges that multiple brands will be in the market including older ones throughout the
transition.[118]

[edit] Open source support

Intel has a significant participation in the open source communities. For example, in 2006 Intel
released MIT-licensed X.org drivers for their integrated graphic cards of the i965 family of
chipsets. Intel released FreeBSD drivers for some networking cards,[120] available under a BSD-
compatible license, which were also ported to OpenBSD. Intel ran the Moblin project until April
23, 2009, when they handed the project over to the Linux Foundation. Intel also runs the
LessWatts.org campaigns.[121]

However, after the release of the wireless products called Intel Pro/Wireless 2100,
2200BG/2225BG/2915ABG and 3945ABG in 2005, Intel was criticized for not granting free
redistribution rights for the firmware that must be included in the operating system for the
wireless devices to operate.[122] As a result of this, Intel became a target of campaigns to allow
free operating systems to include binary firmware on terms acceptable to the open source
community. Linspire-Linux creator Michael Robertson outlined the difficult position that Intel
was in releasing to open source, as Intel did not want to upset their large customer Microsoft.[123]
Theo de Raadt of OpenBSD also claimed that Intel is being "an Open Source fraud" after an Intel
employee presented a distorted view of the situation on an open-source conference.[124] In spite
of the significant negative attention Intel received as a result of the wireless dealings, the binary
firmware still has not gained a license compatible with free software principles.

[edit] Environmental record

In 2003, there were 1.4 tons of carbon tetrachloride measured from one of Intel's many acid
scrubbers. However, Intel reported no release of carbon tetrachloride for all of 2003.[125] Intel's
facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico overlooks a nearby village, and the hilly contours of its
location create a setting for chemical gases heavier than air to move along arroyos and irrigation
ditches in that village. Release of chemicals in such an environment reportedly caused adverse
effects in both animals and humans. Deceased dogs in the area were found to have high levels of
toluene, hexane, ethylbenzene, and xylene isomers in lungs.[126] More than 1,580 pounds
(720 kg) of VOC were released in June and July 2006, the company stated.[127] Intel’s
environmental performance is published annually in their corporate responsibility report.[128]

[edit] Religious controversy

Orthodox Jews have protested against Intel operating in Israel on Saturday, Shabbat. Intel ringed
its office with barbed wire before the protest, but there was no violence.[129] As of December
2009, the situation has been stable for Intel Israel while some employees reported working
overtime on Shabbat.

[edit] Age discrimination

Intel has faced complaints of age discrimination in firing and layoffs. Intel was sued by nine
former employees, over allegations that they were laid off because they were over the age of
40.[130]

A group called FACE Intel (Former and Current Employees of Intel) claims that Intel weeds out
older employees. FACE Intel claims that more than 90 percent of people who have been
terminated by Intel are over the age of 40. Upside magazine requested data from Intel breaking
out its hiring and terminations by age, but the company declined to provide any.[131] Intel has
denied that age plays any role in Intel's employment practices.[132] FACE Intel was founded by
Ken Hamidi, who was terminated by Intel in 1995 at the age of 47.[131] Hamidi was blocked in a
1999 court decision from using Intel's email system to distribute criticism of the company to
employees.[133]

[edit] Competition
Further information: Semiconductor sales leaders by year

In the 1980s, Intel was among the top ten sellers of semiconductors (10th in 1987) in the world.
In 1991, Intel became the biggest chip maker by revenue and has held the position ever since.
Other top semiconductor companies include AMD, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and
STMicroelectronics.

Competitors in PC chip sets include AMD, VIA Technologies, SiS, and Nvidia. Intel's
competitors in networking include Freescale, Infineon, Broadcom, Marvell Technology Group
and AMCC, and competitors in flash memory include Spansion, Samsung, Qimonda, Toshiba,
STMicroelectronics, and Hynix.

The only major competitor in the x86 processor market is Advanced Micro Devices (AMD),
with which Intel has had full cross-licensing agreements since 1976: each partner can use the
other's patented technological innovations without charge after a certain time.[134] However, the
cross-licensing agreement is canceled in the event of an AMD bankruptcy or takeover.[135] Some
smaller competitors such as VIA and Transmeta produce low-power x86 processors for small
factor computers and portable equipment.

[edit] Lawsuits

Intel has often been accused by competitors of using legal claims to thwart competition. Intel
claims that it is defending its intellectual property. Intel has been plaintiff and defendant in
numerous legal actions.

In September 2005, Intel filed a response to an AMD lawsuit,[136] disputing AMD's claims, and
claiming that Intel's business practices are fair and lawful. In a rebuttal, Intel deconstructed
AMD's offensive strategy and argued that AMD struggled largely as a result of its own bad
business decisions, including underinvestment in essential manufacturing capacity and excessive
reliance on contracting out chip foundries.[137] Legal analysts predicted the lawsuit would drag on
for a number of years, since Intel's initial response indicated its unwillingness to settle with
AMD.[138][139] In 2008 a court date was finally set,[140] but in 2009 Intel settled with a
$1.25 billion payout to AMD (see below).[141]

In October 2006, a Transmeta lawsuit was filed against Intel for patent infringement on computer
architecture and power efficiency technologies.[142] The lawsuit was settled in October 2007,
with Intel agreeing to pay US$150 million initially and US$20 million per year for the next five
years. Both companies agreed to drop lawsuits against each other, while Intel was granted a
perpetual non-exclusive license to use current and future patented Transmeta technologies in its
chips for 10 years.[143]

On November 4, 2009, New York's attorney general filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corp,
claiming the company used "illegal threats and collusion" to dominate the market for computer
microprocessors.
On November 12, 2009, AMD agreed to drop the antitrust lawsuit against Intel in exchange for
$1.25 billion.[141] A joint press release published by the two chip makers stated "While the
relationship between the two companies has been difficult in the past, this agreement ends the
legal disputes and enables the companies to focus all of our efforts on product innovation and
development."[144][145]

[edit] Anti-competitive allegations

See also: AMD v. Intel

[edit] Japan

In 2005, the local Fair Trade Commission found that Intel violated the Japanese Antimonopoly
Act. The commission ordered Intel to eliminate discounts that had discriminated against AMD.
To avoid a trial, Intel agreed to comply with the order.[146][147][148][149]

[edit] European Union

In July 2007, the European Commission accused Intel of anti-competitive practices, mostly
against AMD.[150] The allegations, going back to 2003, include giving preferential prices to
computer makers buying most or all of their chips from Intel, paying computer makers to delay
or cancel the launch of products using AMD chips, and providing chips at below standard cost to
governments and educational institutions.[151] Intel responded that the allegations were
unfounded and instead qualified its market behavior as consumer-friendly.[151] General counsel
Bruce Sewell responded that the Commission had misunderstood some factual assumptions as to
pricing and manufacturing costs.[152]

In February 2008, Intel stated that its office in Munich had been raided by European Union
regulators. Intel reported that it was cooperating with investigators.[153] Intel faced a fine of up to
10% of its annual revenue, if found guilty of stifling competition.[154] AMD subsequently
launched a website promoting these allegations.[155][156] In June 2008, the EU filed new charges
against Intel.[157] In May 2009, the EU found that Intel had engaged in anti-competitive practices
and subsequently fined Intel €1.06 billion (US$1.44 billion), a record amount. Intel was found to
have paid companies, including Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC,[158] to exclusively use Intel
chips in their products, and therefore harmed other companies including AMD.[158][159][160] The
European Commission said that Intel had deliberately acted to keep competitors out of the
computer chip market and in doing so had made a "serious and sustained violation of the EU's
antitrust rules".[158] In addition to the fine, Intel was ordered by the Commission to immediately
cease all illegal practices.[158] Intel has stated that they will appeal against the Commission's
verdict.[158]

[edit] South Korea

In September 2007, South Korean regulators accused Intel of breaking antitrust law. The
investigation began in February 2006, when officials raided Intel's South Korean offices. The
company risked a penalty of up to 3% of its annual sales, if found guilty.[161] In June 2008, the
Fair Trade Commission ordered Intel to pay a fine of US$25.5 million for taking advantage of its
dominant position to offer incentives to major Korean PC manufacturers on the condition of not
buying products from AMD.[162]

[edit] United States

New York started an investigation of Intel in January 2008 on whether the company violated
antitrust laws in pricing and sales of its microprocessors.[163] In June 2008, the Federal Trade
Commission also began an antitrust investigation of the case.[164] In December 2009 the FTC
announced it would initiate an administrative proceeding against Intel in September
2010.[165][166][167][168]

In November 2009, following a two year investigation, New York Attorney General Andrew
Cuomo sued Intel, accusing them of bribery and coercion, claiming that Intel bribed computer
makers to buy more of their chips than those of their rivals, and threatened to withdraw these
payments if the computer makers were perceived as working too closely with its competitors.
Intel has denied these claims.[169]

On July 22, 2010, Dell agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) to pay $100M in penalties resulting from charges that Dell did not accurately
disclose accounting information to investors. In particular, the SEC charged that from 2002 to
2006, Dell had an agreement with Intel to receive rebates in exchange for not using chips
manufactured by AMD. These substantial rebates were not disclosed to investors, but were used
to help meet investor expectations regarding the company's financial performance; the SEC said
that in the first quarter of 2007 they amounted to 70% of Dell's operating income. Dell
eventually did adopt AMD as a secondary supplier in 2006, and Intel subsequently stopped their
rebates, causing Dell's financial performance to fal

				
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