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Intel is a seamless continuation of boom times

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HB SANTA CLARA. Earned in the fourth quarter Intel below the line with just under 2.3 billion U.S. dollars back as much as in his heyday. "Microprocessors are irreplaceable in our modern world," CEO Paul Ottelini grounded on Thursday at its headquarters in Santa Clara, the steep resurgence.

In particular, the increase in IT investment by companies in new hardware made themselves felt. A year ago, the profit slump still had shrunk to 234 million dollars. Sales improved by 28 percent to 10.6 billion U.S. dollars. This year the trend will continue well after Ottelinis assessment.

Experts far exceeded expectations

The already high expectations of the experts exceeded Intel with its track record by far. Nachbörslich the price rose by just over two percent. This can have a signaling effect: The market leader is due to its size as an important indicator of the overall semiconductor market. And, because chips are now being increasingly used in devices of daily life in general and for the economy.

Not even a costly settlement with rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) could Intel Annual sad end. The two groups had criticized the unfair competition and Patentklau. Intel fell during the long-standing dispute to pay more on the defensive and had a much smaller competitor at the end of 1.25 billion U.S. dollars. Savings, however, dampened the effect on Intel Profit from.

The recovery of the business had become apparent during the past few months: The auto industry as a major purchaser of semiconductors berappelte to the deep case of machine came to an end and the sales of computers at their feet. Only hours before the balance sheet presentation of Intel The market research firm Gartner reported the biggest increase in the PC market in seven years.

Intel expects the first quarter with sales well above last year’s level

Sales in the first quarter sees Ottelini with 9.3 until 10.1 billion U.S. dollars higher than the prior year period. In the final quarter, with its strong Christmas sales figures but can not build tradition.

Recent jumped at Intel especially the sales of chips for computers to large companies, known as servers. In the segment, revenue grew by 21 percent. But processors for laptops and workstation computers — Intel largest pillar – sold ten percent better. Redeemed with the Atom chips for the popular mini-notebooks Intel six percent more. In the Group benefited from a recovery in chip prices had fallen during the crisis.

FTC investigates possible abuse of dominant position

Across all classes of devices across four of five processors come from the works of Intel. Therefore, the company always ends up with the anti-trust each other. After Intel already had to pay a billion-dollar penalty in Europe, identified to date, the U.S. FTC Competition Authority. They say that Intel to have abused its dominant position in order to minimize the competition.

Of which will unswervingly Intel grow with the advance into new markets. For months, it pushes the group towards smartphones. The multi-functional mobile phones need fast processors to play some videos. Had only a few days ago Intel and South Korean Electronics company LG A first smartphone with a processor from Santa Clara presented. Had wireless phones Intel been unable to gain a foothold because its chips were too power-hungry.

AMD could allow new products completely lose touch. The competitor has been writing for years, always deep red numbers. His report, he puts on 21 January before. Over the next two weeks then follow other technology heavyweights such as IBM , Google , Microsoft or Texas Instruments . The largest German semiconductor company Infineon presents its figures on 29 January.