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Intel’s new CEO says 50 new 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrid designs in the works

Above: Intel vision for gesture-controlled PC.

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If you fancy a hybrid laptop/tablet PC, chances are it’s going to have Intel inside.

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich said in an analyst conference call today that computer makers have 50 designs for hybrid laptop/tablet PCs in the works that use Haswell processors.

intel-brian-krzanichSpeaking in his first call with analysts becoming CEO, Krzanich said those designs are based on the fourth-generation Core processors, codenamed Haswell, that debuted in June. The hybrid designs are proving popular as a way to bridge the world of productivity computing of laptops and the ease-of-use and greater portability of tablets. The 2-in-1 hybrid requires a beefy but power efficient processor, and that’s what Krzanich says Intel has in Haswell, which offers 50 percent better battery life than the prior generation of chips.

Those new products will include the first hybrid computers that require no fans. That allows them to be thinner and smaller than in the past.

It remains to be seen whether the 2-in-1 hybrids will help into much in the long run. The overall market for PCs will be weaker than Intel previously expected at the beginning of the year, said chief financial officer Stacy Smith. That is why Intel shaved its expectations for revenue from the previous prediction of a single-digit percentage increase for the year to flat results.

Intel did confirm, as previously reported, that it will have its Atom processor in a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. Krzanich said that he has been meeting with customers, employees and the executive team at Intel for the past two months he has been CEO.

He said, “These conversations leave me more enthusiastic and more confident than ever at our opportunity as a company.”

He said that he has laid out expectations and implementing a sweeping management change that pushes decision-making down in the organization.

Krzanich said, “I acknowledge we have not always lived up to our expectations. Intel was slow to respond to the Ultramobile trend.” That is why the results of the company are flat. Intel reported net income of 39 cents a share, or $2 billion, on revenue of $12.8 billion. Analysts expected net income of 39 cents a share and revenues of $12.9 billion for the second quarter.

He promised that Intel would spot changes in the market faster and jump on them sooner, to keep up with the fast pace of innovation. He said some of the changes at Intel will be “subtle, some transformational.”

He noted that the coming Silvermont architecture for the next-generation Atom chips will be used across the board, from tablets to micro servers in data centers. Later this year, Intel will be launching the Bay Trail, Merrifield, and Avoton chips that use the Silvermont architecture.

Intel will report third-quarter earnings on Oct. 15. At that time, Intel will post results 1 minute after the market close and it will no longer use a news service to distribute its announcement.