In­tel India

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Server chips busi­ness turned out to be the sweet spot for In­tel dur­ing FY 2016-17. In­tel con­tin­ued to in­crease its foot­print in the data cen­ter mar­ket, with most of the data cen­ters pow­ered with its x86 chips.

How­ever, the strug­gling PC mar­ket com­pelled it to walk the ex­tra miles and look out for more av­enues for busi­ness gen­er­a­tion. Glob­ally, the rev­enues in the per­sonal com­puter pro­ces­sor seg­ment grew 12%, al­though the PC mar­ket moved south­ward.

Do­mes­ti­cally, the com­pany’s rev­enues rose by 6% in FY 2016-17 to 6,969 Crore as against 6,575 Crore in FY 2015-16.

In­tel has been try­ing to ex­pand into dif­fer­ent port­fo­lios that in­clude smart de­vices and con­nected com­put­ing de­vices. It has also en­tered into the mem­ory chips seg­ment to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the fall­ing PC mar­ket.

Of late, the com­pany an­nounced a new line of mi­cro­pro­ces­sors for data cen­ters and such chips power cloud com­put­ing.

At the same time, in the do­mes­tic front, the com­pany is mas­sively cash­ing in on the cur­rent trend of dig­i­ti­za­tion. The com­pany be­lieves that GST is a good op­por­tu­nity for tech­nol­ogy adop­tion for SMEs and as a re­sult, the PC pen­e­tra­tion may look up in the days to come.

The com­pany is also play­ing an in­stru­men­tal role with the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment for PC pen­e­tra­tion in the coun­try.

It is also ag­gres­sively work­ing to­wards bring­ing in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) and is mulling tie-ups with com­pa­nies us­ing AI. The com­pany has inked agree­ments with var­i­ous health and ed­u­ca­tion providers.

The new Xeon Scal­able Pro­ces­sor chips of­fer next-gen­er­a­tion com­put­ing ap­pli­ca­tions such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and driver­less cars. These pro­ces­sors help in delivering the needs of the data cen­tre and the com­pany claims these pro­ces­sors will take care of the mod­ern day needs of the data cen­ters.

Be­sides, In­tel is also plan­ning to invest 1,100 crore in its up­com­ing R&D cen­tre in Bengaluru, which shows its will to fight ag­gres­sively with other tech gi­ants such as Or­a­cle, HP among oth­ers.

—PRAKASH MALLYA MD, South Asia

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