Intel's R&D gamble begins to pay off

01/14/2010 | NYTimes.com

A year ago, with computer sales plummeting, Intel took a leap of faith and spent $7 billion on several new chip plants. Now the investment is paying off: New techniques developed at the plants are being used to deliver faster, less power-hungry chips. "They continued to innovate while many of their competitors were swimming in debt," said one analyst. "The big and strong will emerge even stronger from the downturn, and Intel is no exception."

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