Intel Adopts an Identity in Software

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 26, 2009 8:00 PM EDT
The New York Times; By Ashlee Vance
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Intel has worked hard and spent a lot of money over the years to shape its image: It is the company that celebrates its quest to make computer chips ever smaller, faster and cheaper with a quick five-note jingle at the end of its commercials. As Renee J. James of Intel puts it, “You can’t just throw hardware out there into the world” without accompanying software. But as Intel tries to expand beyond the personal computer chip business, it is changing in subtle ways. For the first time, its long unheralded software developers, more than 3,000 of them, have stolen some of the spotlight from its hardware engineers. These programmers find themselves at the center of Intel’s forays into areas like mobile phones and video games.

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