Intel Corporation, incorporated in 1968, designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms. A platform consists of a microprocessor and chipset. The Company sells these platforms primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), and industrial and communications equipment manufacturers in the computing and communications industries. The Company’s platforms are used in a range of applications, such as personal computers (PCs) (including Ultrabook systems), data centers, tablets, smartphones, automobiles, automated factory systems and medical devices. The Company also develops and sells software and services primarily focused on security and technology integration. On January 31, 2011, the Company acquired Wireless Solutions (WLS) business of Infineon Technologies AG. On February 28, 2011, the Company acquired McAfee, Inc. In August 2011, the Company formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Intel Federal LLC. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it sold the remaining interest in Micron. On February 2012, QLogic Corp. sold the product lines and certain assets associated with its InfiniBand business to the Company. In May 2012, Cray Inc. completed the sale of its interconnect hardware development program and related intellectual property to the Company. In September 2012, InterDigital, Inc.’s subsidiaries sold around 1,700 patents and patent applications to the Company.
The Company offers platforms that incorporate various components and technologies, including a microprocessor and chipset. A microprocessor-the central processing unit (CPU) of a computer system-processes system data and controls other devices in the system. It offers microprocessors with one or multiple processor cores. Its second and third generation Intel Core processor families integrate graphics functionality onto the processor die. In contrast, some of its previous-generation processors incorporated a separate graphics chip inside the processor package. The Company also offers graphics functionality as part of a separate chipset outside the processor package. Processor packages may also integrate the memory controller.
A chipset sends data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, such as the keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive or solid-state drive, and compact disc (CD), digital versatile disc (DVD) or Blu-ray drive. The Company offers and develops System-on-Chip (SoC) products that integrate its core processing functions with other system components, such as graphics, audio, and video, onto a single chip. The Company offers Intel vPro technology, a computer hardware-based security technology for the notebook and desktop market segments. During 2011, it introduced the second generation Intel Core vPro processor family.
The Company offers components and platforms for mobile phones and connected devices. Key mobile phone components include baseband processors, radio frequency transceivers and power management integrated circuits. It also offers mobile phone platforms, including Bluetooth wireless technology and global positioning system (GPS) receivers, software solutions, customization, and essential interoperability tests. McAfee offers software products that provide security solutions for consumer, mobile, and corporate environments designed to protect systems from malicious virus attacks, as well as loss of data. McAfee’s products include endpoint security, network and content security, risk and compliance, and consumer and mobile security.
The Wind River Software Group develops and licenses embedded and mobile device software products, including operating systems, virtualization technologies, middleware, and development tools. The Company offers NAND flash memory products primarily used in solid-state drives (SSDs), portable memory storage devices, digital camera memory cards, and other devices. It offers SSDs in densities ranging from 32 gigabytes (GB) to 600 GB. Its NAND flash memory products are manufactured by IM Flash Technologies, LLC (IMFT) and IM Flash Singapore, LLP (IMFS).
The Company competes with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., GlobalFoundries Inc., Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., International Business Machines Corporation, Oracle Corporation, ARM Limited, NVIDIA Corporation, MIPS Technologies, Inc., QUALCOMM Incorporated, Texas Instruments Incorporated and Symantec Corporation.