Intel heeft plannen om een soort internetprovider te worden, die naast toegang ook aan applicatieserving doet. Dat betekent dat het bedrijf zich in de toekomst meer wil gaan toeleggen op dienstverlening dan het verkopen van processoren, zoals ze nu doen.
The well-guarded plan, first detailed at the company's analyst briefing in New York this afternoon, represents yet another element in the company's goal of becoming a communications powerhouse. With PC prices dropping, Intel has set out on a strategy to diversify its business away from being mostly a manufacturer of PC microprocessors, moving, for instance, into networking products and networking chips.
The strategy to provide "Internet data services," the term given by chief executive Craig Barrett, represents a conceptual leap for the company. Rather than manufacture products, Intel will be essentially selling services.
Manufacturing PC microprocessors will still be job No. 1 at Intel, Barrett said. But increasingly, the company will "provide the backbone for anyone that wants to have data" on the Internet, he said. "We are going to build server farms around the world. Our intent is simply that data traffic be shipped and shaped by Intel silicon and services," said chairman Andy Grove.