Intel has spent the past few years changing from a chip manufacturer to a full-service computing firm, chief executive Paul Otellini told investors today.
Otellini said at the company's annual investment day that Intel began to change in 2006. The firm has added software and services to its portfolio and integrated them into the company to make it ready for the next decade in the computing market.
"Intel has been transformed in a way that's remarkable, and makes us a different kind of company," he said.
"In 2000 we were a chip company. Today we have platforms, software and services being added. We're transforming ourselves into a computing company, one of the fundamental computing companies of this century."
Intel now had a full selection of chips, ranging from Atom for embedded systems and netbooks, to the highest end server chips.
Intel is forecast to ship 3.3 billion cores by the end of 2010, but Otellini believes that the figure will be nearer the four billion mark.
Intel is backing these up with a software ecosystem consisting of 14 million developers working on Intel architecture services and support. The company is also running the third largest software development programme in the world.
"Developers are critical to a computing company," said Renee James, Intel's general manager of software and services.
"It creates new uses for the people and processes involved with silicon. We've been building out our software capabilities organically and non-organically [with acquisitions]."
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