Transcript: Intel's Swan explains how Intel can win the PC market

Intel's chief executive, Bob Swan, faces unprecedented competition across a number of markets...and yet Intel's enjoying record growth, too.

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As you know they’re not decoupled: rate of innovation, rate of products, capacity in place, investing in technology development. One drives the other. We know that, whether it’s capital, whether it’s continuing to increase R&D and compress the cycles and when we get products out. That’s what drives our financials, it’s very tightly correlated. In the scheme of things, it’s relatively easy to, you know, maybe save money. But we can’t save enough money to offset what incremental demand and volume does for us across the spectrum of both architectures and where compute happens.

So the simple answer is technology. This is all about innovation, relative to the other guys. We don’t have to share all the profits with the others in the ecosystem which gives us the capacity and the fuel to, in turn, drive more technology and drive more innovation.

Intel has had a string of high-profile executives depart. Who replaces them?

Swan: Well, I mean, you know we’ve got 70,000 engineers with technical backgrounds in the company. Our mode for the longest time has been [to hire] right out of college campuses, then grow them in our system.

But we also realize, particularly as we think of more architectures and how much the ecosystem has evolved for the last few years, we’ve been trying to both grow from within, and bring outsiders in and try to get one plus one equals five.

Jim [Keller] left for personal reasons. You know I think Murthy left as a wonderful, wonderful executive but in so many ways, it was how do we get five engineers in the room when we’re making big decisions—not just one.  And I think the realization is that we can get more diverse points of view, more technologists in the room when we’re making big-time decisions. You know, now we have a chance to see Ann Kelleher; Keyvan [Esfarjani] who ran manufacturing and operations for memory taking Ann’s spot, and we have Josh [Walden] in the Jim Keller role and then we have Randhir Thakur from Applied Materials in the supply chain. So, you know, having having five senior, what I’d characterize brilliant technologists in the room gives us more diversity of thought about the rate of innovation, the different ideas. And then there’s a whole group of core hardware and software engineers that work for them, that I am convinced we have the best talent by a long shot in the world.

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