2011 was a year of breaking records for Intel as the company experienced double digit growth in revenue, net income and earnings per share compared to the year before it.
The company’s president and CEO, Paul Otellini, revealed Intel had its highest ever full year sales, earnings per share profit and operating income numbers in 2011.
“2011 was an exceptional year for Intel,” Otellini said. “With outstanding execution the company performed superbly, growing revenue by more than $10 billion and eclipsing all annual revenue and earnings records.”
Otellini believes 2012 will be an even better year for the company owed to some major acquisitions, new transistor technologies, strengthening of the Ultrabook category and Intel’s formidable entrance into the tablet and smartphone market.
“With a tremendous product and technology pipeline for 2012, we’re excited about the global growth opportunities presented by Ultrabook systems, the data centre, security, and the introduction of Intel-powered smartphones and tablets,” Otellini said.
The company’s performance could be the beginning of a hot streak, with 2011 exhibiting more than 20% revenue growth at $54 billion, compared to 2010’s $43.6 billion. Profits were up by 13 per cent and totalled $12.9 billion, according to a PCMag report
The company had a strong fourth quarter with year over year improvements in sales up by 21% ($13.9 billion) and a net income up by 6% ($3.4 billion).
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The recent acquisitions of security software firm McAfee and wireless chip maker Infineon (renamed to Intel Mobile Communications) will help the company compete in the smartphone and Ultrabook sector.
Intel and McAfee have already announced DeepSafe security, which prevents computer viruses by using hardware security.
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While Intel’s Mobile Communication has been helping them break into the thriving smartphone market, which has currently been grossly dominated by AMD architecture.
In 2011, the two acquisitions generated Intel $3.6 billion in revenue.
Despite a solid year all round, the company’s Atom product line struggled, falling by 25% to $1.2 billion.
“The only dark spot [for Intel] came from Atom revenue, which saw a 25 percent decrease from 2011, likely impacted by AMD’s Fusion-based Brazos launched at last year’s CES which recast the netbook market into an inexpensive notebook market,” he said.
Otellini was optimistic in spite of the news, choosing to focus on Intel’s penetration of the tablet market. He said Google’s hybrid Ice Cream Sandwich OS will influence 2012 tablet sales, and that the “the jury is out on the long-term segmentation by form factor.”
Helping cushion the company’s Atom sales will be there inspired Ultrabook category, with the super slim, spiffy and secure notebooks proving a worthy tablet alternative. Intel has been heavily investing in the category and claimed 75 Ultrabooks will be available in the market at the 2012 CES show in Las Vegas.