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Intel to cut 5,000 jobs

by on18 January 2014

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Chipmaker Intel is planning to cut more than 5,000 jobs, or roughly 5 percent of its 107,000 strong workforce. The announcement comes just a day after Intel posted flat quarterly results and announced that the rest of the year won’t be much better.

Intel insists it is not simply laying off 5,000 people.

“When we talk about reduction of the workforce there are a number of things that can happen. It could include redeployments, voluntary programs, retirements, and through attrition," the company told CNET

The news comes just days after Intel confirmed that it would not be starting production at Fab 42 in Arizona, which was supposed to start churning out 14nm products this year.

Although Intel’s position in the x86 market remains secure, the x86 market itself is rapidly dwindling. Intel hopes to compensate in the server space and mobile. The company is planning to ship 40 million tablet chips this year, but it will have to sacrifice gross margins to pull it off, as the chips themselves have lower margins than big cores and Intel plans to offer generous subsidies for vendors who choose to adopt them.

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