April 27, 2000
In a move to strengthen its platform and chip offerings for Internet applications, Intel on Thursday announced the merger of its microprocessor and architecture business groups.
The new group, called Intel Architecture Group, will oversee development of microprocessors, chip sets, motherboards, systems, and related software at the platform level. The group will also will handle Intel's platform activities in the enterprise segment (servers and workstations), desktop PCs, and mobile computing markets. Research and technology laboratory activities in the two groups have been combined under one organization.
"We have structured the new Intel Architecture Group to work more effectively with various companies in the industry to provide complete solutions to the Internet economy," said Paul Otellini, executive vice president at Intel. Otellini and senior vice president Albert Yu will co-manage the new organization, which combines the Intel Architecture Business and Microprocessor Products groups.
"This should speed up the adoption and implementation of e-Business solutions -- all running on Intel architecture," Otellini said.
Yu said Intel believes the new organizational structure "provides all the resources needed to create platforms efficiently and effectively for each market segment."
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip company said the new group creates a single organization for a comprehensive set of solutions in e-business and "e-home" applications, optimized for the Intel architecture and Internet.
In a related move, Intel (stock: INTC) said it was assigning 1,000 employees to jobs that will deliver services and strategies for Web integrators, e-business solutions providers, Internet providers, and other related operations. This group will have an investment of $100 million to help these companies with new solutions for Internet services and products based on Intel's architecture.