Intel laid off 11,800 employees in 2007
Intel now has 88,100 workers. FACE Intel added 11,800 troops -- enough to add a division.
Patty is on the layoff list -- rumor says. The only R&D people will be kept is the 1000-men REAR group (REAR -- Reverse Engineering AMD Research). Nehalem was a six-year effort deciphering AMD PDFs, and the REAR group got some pre-alpha silicon running -- though there are many many bugs to fix. It will be another two years before the world may see Nehalem - scheduled for 2H09 - in action. But, by then, Intel will have BKed according to reliable projections.
Intel's layoff is part of the contingency plan for the 2009 anti-trust trial. AMD lawyers say all Intel's profits belong to AMD. If they convince jury on that argument with some Nobel Prize winning calculations, all of Intel FABs will belong to AMD. When Hector talks about asset-lite doctrine, he was referring to getting all Intel FABs -sans the workers -- for free.
Quiz: what is in this diagram? K10 rotated by 90 degrees?
Answer: the projected 2H 2009 K10 copycat chip.