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 Intel Expects Q2 Revenue Despite PC Slowdown
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Message Text: Intel expects a single-digit percentage increase in the company's revenue for the Q2 2013, unchanged from prior expectations and despite the falling sales of PCs.

Intel said its first-quarter revenue was $12.58 billion, down from $12.91 billion in the year-ago quarter.The chipmaker earned $2 billion, or 40 cents per share, in the January to March period.

"Amidst market softness, Intel performed well in the first quarter and I'm excited about what lies ahead for the company," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "We shipped our next generation PC microprocessors, introduced a new family of products for micro-servers and will ship our new tablet and smartphone microprocessors this quarter. We are working with our customers to introduce innovative new products across multiple operating systems. The transition to 14nm technology this year will significantly increase the value provided by Intel architecture and process technology for our customers and in the marketplace."

The company forecasts June-quarter revenue of $12.9 billion, plus or minus $500 million.

Ortellini also said that he expected Windows 8 touch devices powered by Intel's upcoming quad-core "Bay Trail" chip to dive in price.

"If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultrathin using [Bay Trail] processors. Those prices are going to be down to as low as $200," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini.

Intel has described Bay Trail as "the most powerful Atom processor to-date, doubling the computing performance of Intel's current-generation tablet offering". The chip will allow designs "as thin as 8mm that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby."

The Bay Trail chip is expected in products for the holiday season.

Otellini added he expects more ultrabook designs based on the upcoming Haswell chip to come in as low as $499.
 
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