Intel Corporation at a Glance


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  • Competitive work environment with some office politics

The Bottom Line

  • Intel is a leading technology company with a very flexible working environment

About Intel Corporation

Intel Corp. is the brains of the operation. One the biggest computer chip companies, the company controls 80% of the market for microprocessors that act as the brains of desktop, notebook, and server computers. It has dominated the PC chip market from the early x86 processors to Pentiums to today's Core technology. Intel also makes chips for smartphones, and tablets as well as embedded semiconductors for the industrial, medical, and automotive markets. The company develops its chips and makes most of them itself in one of the industry's biggest manufacturing systems. As PC sales have declined, Intel has shifted focus and resources to chips for the data centers that power cloud computing.


Intel Corp.'s Client Computing Group is the company's workhorse and cash generator, delivering about 55% of its revenue. The business churns out chips for notebooks, 2-in-1 systems, desktops, tablets, phones, wireless and wired connectivity products, and mobile communication components.

The Data Center Group generates about 30% of Intel's revenue with chips for server-platforms and related products designed for the enterprise, cloud, and communication infrastructure market.

The Internet of Things Group, which make chips for connected devices in retail, transportation, industrial, video, buildings, smart cities, and other market. It accounts for about 5% of revenue.

Taken together, the Intel Security, the Programmable Solutions, and Non-Volatile Memory Solutions groups provide about 10% of the company's revenue. The company divested the security group in 2016.

Intel makes most of its products in its own manufacturing facilities, which allows the company to control the process for quality, speed, and flexibility. For some communications, connectivity, networking, field programmable, and memory components the company outsources manufacturing to third parties. Intel handles test and assembly in-house and through contractors.

Geographic Reach

Intel Corp. has more than 150 locations around the globe with assembly and test facilities in China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Customers in China (including Hong Kong) generate about a quarter of Intel's sales, followed by customers in the US and Singapore, which supply a bit more than 20% of revenue, and customers in Taiwan who kick in more than 15% of revenue.

Sales and Marketing

Intel sells its products primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs). ODMs provide design and manufacturing services to branded and unbranded private label resellers. In addition, Intel products are sold to makers of industrial and communications equipment.

Its customers also include those who buy PC components and other products through distributor, reseller, retail, and OEM channels. Intel's worldwide reseller sales channel consists of thousands of indirect customers, who are systems builders that purchase microprocessors and other products from distributors.

Intel's three largest customers account for nearly 40% of the total revenue, led by Dell Technologies with 15% with Lenovo Group and HP Inc. accounting for more than 10% each.

Financial Performance

Intel Corp. reported record revenue of about $59 billion in 2016, a 7% increase from $55 billion in 2015. The company's revenue has grown 55% over the past decade in a pattern of a year or two of growth followed a year reduced revenue.

Intel's two biggest groups drove growth in 2017 with assists from its smaller emerging businesses. The Client Computing Group's (CCG) revenue rose 2%, despite the continuing decline in PC sales around the world. CCG posted about $33 billion in revenue on an 11% increase in average selling prices for chips for notebook and desktop computers while volume fell 10%. For the Data Center Group, a volume increase of 8% more than offset a 1% drop in average selling prices, resulting in an 8% revenue increase to about $17 billion.

Revenue from the Internet of Things Group, one of the company's bets for the future, rose 15%. But for now, the unit accounts for just 5% of revenue. The Programmable Solutions Group, new to the company with the 2016 acquisition of Altera, had revenue of $1.7 billion. The discontinued security business reported a 9% sales increase for the year.

Intel's net income dropped a billion dollars to $10 billion from 2015 to 2016. The company spent more on research and development and increased spending on restructuring by almost six-fold over the previous year.

Cash generated by operations rose about $3 billion to $22 billion in 2016 from 2015. The increase came from adjustments for non-cash items related to restructuring and changes in working capital, which were somewhat offset by the decrease in net income.


Although the PC market is shrinking, Intel Corp. maintains a level of investment in its Client Computing Group to squeeze as much revenue as it can out of its biggest business. With a mix of more expensive and more powerful chips, the company produced higher sales from PC chips in 2016.

However, Intel began a restructuring program in 2016 to shift some resources from the PC business by reducing the number of employees and closing facilities. The company spent about $1.8 billion on restructuring in 2016. The company is reallocating the savings to data center and Internet of Things developments as well as memory and autonomous driving.

The company is adding new technologies to its wafer fabrication facilities to turn out more complex chips. The company spent most of its 2016 capital expenditures of about $10 billion on its factories to improve performance, cost, and power consumption.

Intel's pending acquisition of Mobileye stakes out a prominent position for providing technology for self-driving cars. Mobileye's sensor technologies combined with Intel's semiconductors should make for a formidable competitor in developing autonomous vehicles. Intel has teamed with BMW AG and Delphi Automotive for developing driverless vehicle technology and had an ongoing relationship with Mobileye.

Intel has devoted R&D dollars to develop chips for new applications. It tries to adapt technology from one processor to another to get as much revenue from a design as it can. It intends to exploit its $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera in 2015 to field a range of data center-ready chips for computing and storage purposes. That business generated about $1.7billion in revenue for Intel in 2016.

In 2016 Intel got out of the security software business. It teamed up with TPG, a private investment firm, to spin out Intel's security assets as an independent cybersecurity company under the McAfee name. TPG owns 51% and Intel, 49%, in the security company. TPG is investing more than $1 billion to boost McAfee's start as an independent firm. Intel bought McAfee in 2011 for about $7.7 billion.

Intel faces challenges from other semiconductor companies. Samsung Electronics' chip business has grown in recent years and the company is challenging Intel for the title of biggest chipmaker. Longtime rival AMD has released high-performance chips at price points that could undercut Intel's offerings. NVIDIA is growing quickly from its graphics chips that are well-suited to artificial intelligence applications.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2017 Intel acquired Mobileye for more than $15 billion. Mobileye, based in Israel, develops sensors and cameras for vehicles. The acquisition broadens Intel's offerings for makers of driverless vehicles beyond the chips that are brains of such vehicles. Mobileye's technologies provide more of the critical capabilities that autonomous autos need to maneuver safely. The deal closed in August 2017.

The acquisition of Altera provides Intel with key technology for dealing with data center, cloud, and the Internet of Things. Altera makes chips that can be reprogrammed after installation. Intel will combine its powerful Xeon processors, which handle dedicated tasks, with Altera's more chips, to give customers more flexibility.

In 2105 Intel completed the acquisition of Lantiq, a supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. With the acquisition, Intel moves further into DSL and fiber markets. It made two other acquisitions of companies with I0T-related technologies.

Also in 2015 Intel invested nearly $1 billion in Beijing UniSpreadtrum Technology, a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, to jointly develop chips for mobile phones based on Intel architectures.

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Intel Corporation

2200 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1549
Phone: 1 (408) 765-8080
Fax: 1 (408) 765-1739


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: INTC
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • CEO: Brian M. Krzanich
  • CEO: Brian M. Krzanich
  • EVP Sales, Marketing, and Operations: Stacy J. Smith
  • 2016 Employees: 106,000

Major Office Locations

  • Santa Clara, CA

Other Locations

  • Chandler, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Calabasas, CA
  • Folsom, CA
  • Fremont, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Longmont, CO
  • Louisville, CO
  • Westminster, CO
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Winter Park, FL
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Algonquin, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Louisville, KY
  • Boston, MA
  • Chelmsford, MA
  • Ellicott City, MD
  • Cary, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Nashua, NH
  • Hampton, NJ
  • Parsippany, NJ
  • Somerset, NJ
  • Rio Rancho, NM
  • Getzville, NY
  • Middle Island, NY
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Hudson, OH
  • West Chester, OH
  • Aloha, OR
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Lake Oswego, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Allentown, PA
  • King Of Prussia, PA
  • Newtown, PA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Austin, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Spring, TX
  • West Lake Hills, TX
  • Dupont, WA
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Brussel, Belgium
  • Kanata, Canada
  • Mount Pearl, Canada
  • Oakville, Canada
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Victoria, Canada
  • Waterloo, Canada
  • Swindon, England
  • Tampere, Finland
  • Levallois Perret, France
  • Moirans, France
  • Montpellier, France
  • Nantes, France
  • Puteaux, France
  • Toulouse, France
  • Valbonne, France
  • Nürnberg, Germany
  • Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Milano, Italy
  • Roma, Italy
  • San Giuliano Terme, Italy
  • San Mauro Torinese, Italy
  • Vimercate, Italy
  • Matsumoto, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Toyonaka, Japan
  • Tsukuba, Japan
  • Bulandet, Norway
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Taipei City, Taiwan
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