Our Strategy

Our Strategy

Our strategy is to play a larger role in our customers' success by delivering a predictable cadence of leadership products.

The world is changing and driving the need for exponentially more computing. First we experienced the PC era, followed by the mobile and cloud era. We are now entering the era of distributed intelligence, where computing is pervasive and so many things in our lives—our homes, our cars, our hospitals, and our cities—now function like computers. In this world of distributed intelligence, our three fastest growing opportunities are AI, 5G network transformation, and the intelligent and autonomous edge.

We have a history of transforming to capitalize on market shifts, and we are in the midst of another significant transformation to position ourselves and our customers for growth. With our focus on execution and re-energized culture as a force multiplier, we are transforming from a CPU to a multi-architecture xPU company, from silicon to platforms, and from a traditional IDM to a new, modern IDM. Our priorities are to strengthen our core, extend our reach, and redefine our position in the industry. Our capital provides a foundation to invest in our growth and to supplement and strengthen our capabilities. We are thoughtfully deploying capital and focusing our investment in differentiated technologies where we can play a bigger role in the success of our customers and deliver attractive returns to our stockholders.

Our Priorities

Improve Execution to Strengthen Our Core

We have made changes that help position us to sharpen our operational excellence and process technology. We have streamlined our product roadmaps, evolved our technical organization to drive greater transparency and accountability, and exited businesses to enable focus on our core strategy. 

Technical talent. Our leadership team has deep technical, engineering, and business expertise and is focused on our opportunities. We are re-energizing our culture to drive better business outcomes for our customers by instilling a growth mindset, increasing accountability around shared company goals, implementing new operational protocols, and renewing a sense of purpose and value to create an environment for innovation and growth. 

Continuous innovation. To deliver leadership products, we continue to innovate across all of the areas that are key to product leadership: process and packaging, architecture, memory, interconnect, security, and software. With these six areas, we are creating innovative xPU platforms that uniquely serve diverse new workload opportunities, and transforming from silicon to platforms to solve customers' problems through complete solutions offerings.

Predictable cadence. We have made an architectural shift to die disaggregation that, when combined with our differentiated advanced packaging, creates flexibility to use the process that best serves our customers and supports our ability to deliver on a predictable cadence. Disaggregated design allows us to manufacture different components of a chip on different processes: some components can benefit from the greater performance of the latest process node, while others can leverage lower-cost nodes where differentiated performance is not needed. Through disaggregated design, we mix and match architectures, IP, process nodes, and silicon from our own manufacturing facilities or from external foundries. 

New, modern IDM. We are investing to transform our traditional IDM model to adapt to an evolving industry. This means creating greater flexibility to use internal or external foundry processes. It requires that we continue to lead advances in silicon technology by leaning into our expertise and manufacturing scale, while evolving to engage with the ecosystem in new and different ways. It also requires that we leverage our disaggregated design capabilities and continue to manufacture new products with significant cost advantage. We will also continue to invest in process technology development to bring to market the future process nodes and advanced packaging capabilities that create product differentiation and customization, while also enabling manufacturing optionality.

Evolving our engagement with the broader silicon manufacturing and design ecosystem involves working as a strategic partner with equipment vendors, EDA providers, and third-party foundries to help enhance the performance of our manufacturing tools, optimize design software for our processes, simplify design, improve efficiency, and standardize components. This also involves increasing the strategic use of third-party IP for standardized components to allow us to focus on differentiating technology, and updating our design methodologies to support movement of our designs to and from external foundries.

Extend Our Reach to Accelerate Our Growth

Diverse product portfolio to capitalize on the fastest growing opportunities. The proliferation of data analytics, edge computing, and AI is driving a diverse and expanding range of computing applications from edge to cloud. In response, we are innovating to deliver products including a mix of scalar, vector, matrix, and spatial architectures deployed in CPUs, GPUs, accelerators, and FPGAs—unified by an open, industry-standard programming model, oneAPI, to simplify application development. 

AI helps our customers make sense of data to unleash its potential. We offer a combination of hardware and software technologies that deliver broad capabilities to support computing, storage, transmission, and tuning in AI. We have taken a multi-architecture approach to AI hardware. Intel Xeon processors provide a foundation for analytics and AI, and software like the OpenVINOTM toolkit significantly simplifies the deployment of solutions. Intel® FPGAs allow customers to access leading AI inferencing performance for their models. Similarly, Intel® MovidiusTM MyriadTM VPUs are purpose-built for AI and support diverse approaches for innovation in a wide range of applications, from healthcare to autonomous driving to facial recognition. Habana's Gaudi* AI training Processor and Goya* AI Inference Processor offer an easy-to-program development environment to help customers deploy and differentiate their solutions as AI workloads continue to evolve with growing demands on computing, memory, and connectivity.

The transition to 5G and the cloudification1 of the network present a significant opportunity. 5G connectivity will transform industries from all business sectors and it continues to be a strategic priority across Intel. We are collaborating with ecosystem and vertical industry partners to define, prototype, test, and deliver 5G standards and solutions. Our 5G efforts are focused on network infrastructure and other data-centric opportunities, and our team has developed a valuable IP portfolio of products designed to support 5G network infrastructure, including the Intel Atom P5900 processor, a next-generation structured ASIC for 5G network acceleration, the new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, and the Intel® Ethernet 700 Series Network Adapter.

Moving compute to the edge, where data is generated and consumed, provides new insight and revenue from previously untapped data. Our portfolio of products and capabilities positions us well to play a larger role in our customers' success. We are investing in processors with features made for edge workloads. We announced new enhanced Internet of Things capabilities, including 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series processors, Pentium® processors, and Celeron® N and J series processors, bringing new AI, security, functional safety, and real-time capabilities to edge customers. This year, we announced Mobileye* SupervisionTM, the EyeQ5*- based solution that incorporates an end-to-end engine control unit, surround-view camera array, processors, driving policy, and high- definition maps—all derived directly from our ongoing autonomous vehicle program.

Redefine Our Position in the Industry

Solve our customers' problems through solutions and platforms. We are expanding beyond the CPU to better solve our customers' problems, and not just deliver parts of the solution. With our xPU portfolio, platform vision, IDM capabilities, and scale, we are able to help our customers tackle their own opportunities. We announced the Intel Evo platform brand powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, representing laptop designs supported by Intel's Project Athena innovation program. In addition, we acquired Moovit to accelerate Mobileye's transformation to a full-stack MaaS provider that can provide hardware, software, sensors, integration, and large- scale services. We are actively evaluating opportunities in software, services, and solutions, in AI, network transformation, and intelligent edge.

1 Intel's definition is included in "Key Terms" within the Financial Statements and Supplemental Details.