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Digitimes: Intel falls short of margin goal + e2140s not discont.

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http://www.digitimes.com/mobos/a20070718PR202.html


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Intel announced second quarter revenue of US$8.7 billion, operating income of US$1.35 billion, net income of US$1.3 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of US$0.22. The results include tax items that increased EPS by approximately US$0.03 along with restructuring charges of US$82 million.

The company's second quarter gross margins were 46.9%, lower than the company's previous expectation of 48%, with low demand for NOR flash impacting gross margins by 1%.

Company CEO Paul Otellini said Intel's total number of CPU shipments were up slightly, but average selling prices (ASPs) were lower. Otellini explained that pricing pressure was strongest in the low-end desktop segments and a little bit in the notebook market.

Intel stated its channel business was strong, with the segment being the main driver for the increased desktop shipments and also contributing to lower inventory levels for the company. Otellini added that the bulk of Intel's channel business is desktop product, and mainly went to emerging markets.

Intel expects its third quarter revenues in between US$9-9.6 billion, while its gross margin around 52% plus or minus a couple of points. The company also expects its spending (R&D plus MG&A) will limit in between US$2.7-2.8 billion, while net gains from equity investments and interest and other will reach approximately US$320 million, noted the company.


http://www.digitimes.com/mobos/a20070717PD207.html

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Intel has recently revised it plans for the low-end desktop CPU market and will continue to sell its Conroe-based E2140, according to sources at motherboard makers.

Intel was originally planning to launch the E2180 on August 26 with a price of US$84 in 1000-unit tray quantities while dropping the price of the E2160 from US$84 to US$74. Following the moves, the E2140 would be phased out of the market, according to previous reports.

The E2140 processor's current price is US$74. On July 22, the price will drop to US$71 and will go down to US$64 on August 26, added the sources.

The reason Intel has decided to keep E2140 in the market is to defend against AMD's Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and 3600+ processors taking market share in emerging markets, the sources commented.

Intel Taiwan said that the company regularly reviews and updates product pricing throughout the year, but noted that it does not comment on unannounced price updates.
Even when the poor peformance of NOR flash is removed from the equation Intel's gross margins are still far from the golden days of the P4(Proof Click Me). Whats more surprising, for me at least, is the now non-discontinued e2140. That really is a testament to the fight AMD is giving Intel @ the low end market segment(high volume slim margins). Now if only AMD can get something new to market...

-OT- This bit of news is for the AMD fanboys, its not all golden @ camp intel .
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Too bad the E2160 doesn't suffer from the same FSB wall problems the E2140 does for only 10$ more. That thing is a beast just waiting to clean-up the low-end market.
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Too bad the E2160 doesn't suffer from the same FSB wall problems the E2140 does for only 10$ more. That thing is a beast just waiting to clean-up the low-end market.
I disagree with the recent AMD price drop... you can get some serious power for cheap.
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I disagree with the recent AMD price drop... you can get some serious power for cheap.
I agree. I stepped into newegg the other day and saw all the chip prices and was like "***? This is cheap..... *ponders a purchase*..
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At stock, no question about it. AMD low-end wins.

For overclocking? No question about it. E2160 cleans house.

Of course, it will only really be worth it if it drops a few bucks at the July 22nd price cuts.
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