Intel will miss its 2004 product cost reduction targets because of a widely publicized string of product delays and problems, but those missteps are largely behind it now. Unit costs will fall by 20 percent between 2003 and 2006, even as Intel introduces more powerful features into its chips. With more advanced factories and a bigger research budget than any other chip maker, Intel is now developing manufacturing technology to be used in products as far out as 2011. Intel is also increasingly focusing on the power consumption of its chips. By 2006, third-generation cellular technology and a long-range wireless system called WiMAX will be included as options in many Intel-based notebook computers. By 2006, more than 70 percent of its desktop computer processors will have two cores, up from a previous projection of 40 percent.

Intel will miss its 2004 product cost reduction targets because of a widely publicized string of product delays and problems, but those missteps are largely behind it now. Unit costs will fall by 20 percent between 2003 and 2006, even as Intel introduces more powerful features into its chips. With more advanced factories and a bigger research budget than any other chip maker, Intel is now developing manufacturing technology to be used in products as far out as 2011. Intel is also increasingly focusing on the power consumption of its chips. By 2006, third-generation cellular technology and a long-range wireless system called WiMAX will be included as options in many Intel-based notebook computers. By 2006, more than 70 percent of its desktop computer processors will have two cores, up from a previous projection of 40 percent.