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Intel’s Otellini: My advice for President Obama

On what advice he would give the Obama administration for how to create jobs:

“The most important thing the current administration can do is remove
the number of variables out there. There are so many things where
business leaders can’t predict what’s going to happen. Businesses don’t
like uncertainty. When you start reducing the variables and putting
predictability into the system, you can now make informed decisions.”

On his criticism that the Obama administration is not business-friendly:

“I wasn’t taking on the administration, per say, I was taking on the
trends that I have seen in the last couple of administrations. The two
specific things I talked about were the R&D tax credit, making that
permanent. That has not been permanent for 25 years. The same thing with
corporate tax rates. Raising them in this environment is really not
conducive to making companies competitive globally, which makes them
less prone to hire people here. This is not just this administration,
this is talking about this trend towards what we need to be more
competitive as a nation going forward.”

On the prediction for PC industry growth:

“We are still tracking as an industry to have a growth rate this year
in the 18 to 20 percent range, which is the best year in the industry in quite
some time.”

On buying Infineon wireless business:

“The key thing is the technology they have today, the customer
connections they have today, and where the technology in general is
going. We look forward to a period in the not-so-distant future where
all of these functions can be on a single chip. Intel has great
capabilities and applications processors today, but bringing in the
capabilities for 3G and ultimately LTE onto the chip, that makes a lot
of sense to us from an economic and power standpoint.”

On why it took Intel so long to make the Infineon purchase:

“There were a number of these that were available. In our mind this was the best technology we could find at the right price. We are very happy with the capabilities of the company and their customer list.”

On how McAfee will be integrated into their products:

“The first products will be things we have worked on before the acquisition discussions, which will come into the PC platforms next year. We will take the combination of hardware-based security that Intel already produces and enhance that with software capability from McAfee. That will only get better in PCs over time. Then what we would like to do is drive that same capability not just into smartphones, but also anything that is going to get smart and get connected: your television, your cars, are all going to have Internet connections. You want that same protection. We call this a third pillar of computing. We have energy-efficient performance, we have connectivity, and now we’ve got security.”

On when they will be able to put Infineon technology and Atom chip technology onto a single chip:

“You will see them combined inside a phone as separate chips next year. The single chip implementation will be down farther down the road.”

On whether having Apple as a client was a driving force in their desire to purchase Infineon:

“It wasn’t the overwhelming factor. These technologies today are discrete chips. We like the fact that they have a good revenue stream but really where the technology can go over time is important to us. We have had a multi-radio strategy for many years starting with WiFi and WiMa, this brings 3G and ultimately LTE and GPS capabilities in to our portfolio to be able to use in all of our devices.”

On the strategy behind selling XScale only to reenter the wireless realm with their purchase of Infineon:

“It’s 180 degrees from what we sold. What we had was an XScale based applications processor business with a little bit of comms technology in it. Today what we are picking up is a big comms business with the baseband technology the protocol stack and all the software that goes with it. People want the capability of Intel architecture for their apps processor and the capability of Intel Silicon and the combination of those was something we didn’t have in the divestiture of the XScale business four or five years ago.”

On whether he expects to acquire any other companies in the near future:

“This is three announcements in two weeks. We also purchased the cable modem business from Texas Instruments. All these have been in flight for some time. This is enough for us to chew on for a while. Having said that though, if the right technology company becomes available at the right price, we’ll take a look at it. We don’t have an acquisition strategy per say. We have a number of strategies around platforms, and we will use acquisition to selectively fill holes that we don’t have.”

(Excerpts provided by Fox Business.) 

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