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Intel boss hopeful about good consumer PC and tablet sales in second half

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off the tiny Edison chip for wearables #CES2014

Above: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off the tiny Edison chip for wearables #CES2014

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Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich said in an analyst conference call that he is hopeful about boosting consumer PC sales and tablets in the second half of the year.

In the second-quarter analyst call, Krzanich said that the world’s largest chip maker would spend money on marketing and launch new products, including a 14-nanometer code-named Broadwell processor, that would help lift consumer PC sales in the second half. Krzanich said this after Intel reported better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter today.

He also said that the company remains on schedule to ship 40 million processors for tablets this year. In the first quarter, Intel shipped about 5 million tablet chips. In the second quarter, it shipped 10 million. The rate of shipments is expected to pick up in the second half, he said. Krzanich said that Intel is ramping up multiple factories at once on its 14-nanometer processors, where the circuits are 14 nanometers apart. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. Krzanich said, “We are shipping to customers today,” and those customers will deploy new low-power computing products in the fall.

Those products will be fast, ultrathin, and operate for a long time on a battery charge.

But the revenue from tablets is not expected to add up to much revenue in the big picture. As for mobile, Krzanich said, “We have some ground to make up.”

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