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Intel Admits Tight Supply For The Entry-Level PC Chips, Prioritizing High-Performance Segment
In an open letter, Bob Swan, Intel CFO and Interim CEO conceded the company’s supply is without a doubt tight, especially at the entry-level of the PC market. Between shoppers upgrading their PCs, Intel expect modest growth in the PC add up to addressable market this year out of the blue since 2011, driven by strong demand for gaming as well as commercial systems. Intel is prioritizing the production of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™ processors, so it can serve the high-performance segments of the market.
An Open Letter from Bob Swan, Intel CFO and Interim CEOTo our customers and partners,The first half of this year showed remarkable growth for our industry. I want to take a moment to recap where we’ve been, offer our sincere thanks and acknowledge the work underway to support you with performance-leading Intel products to help you innovate.First, the situation … The continued explosion of data and the need to process, store, analyze and share it is driving industry innovation and incredible demand for compute performance in the cloud, the network and the enterprise. In fact, our data-centric businesses grew 25 percent through June, and cloud revenue grew a whopping 43 percent in the first six months. The performance of our PC-centric business has been even more surprising. Together as an industry, our products are convincing buyers it’s time to upgrade to a new PC. For example, second-quarter PC shipments grew globally for the first time in six years, according to Gartner. We now expect modest growth in the PC total addressable market (TAM) this year for the first time since 2011, driven by strong demand for gaming as well as commercial systems – a segment where you and your customers trust and count on Intel.We are thrilled that in an increasingly competitive market, you keep choosing Intel. Thank you.Now for the challenge… The surprising return to PC TAM growth has put pressure on our factory network. We’re prioritizing the production of Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Core™ processors so that collectively we can serve the high-performance segments of the market. That said, supply is undoubtedly tight, particularly at the entry-level of the PC market. We continue to believe we will have at least the supply to meet the full-year revenue outlook we announced in July, which was $4.5 billion higher than our January expectations.To address this challenge, we’re taking the following actions:The actions we are taking have put us on a path of continuous improvement. At the end of the day, we want to help you make great products and deliver strong business results. Many of you have been longtime Intel customers and partners, and you have seen us at our best when we are solving problems.Sincerely,Bob SwanIntel Corporation CFO and Interim CEO