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Intel Discloses $7 Billion Operating Loss For Chip-Making Unit

Wednesday April 3, 2024. 03:30 AM , from Slashdot
Intel Discloses $7 Billion Operating Loss For Chip-Making Unit
Intel on Tuesday disclosed $7 billion in operating losses for its foundry business in 2023, 'a steeper loss than the $5.2 billion in operating losses the year before,' reports Reuters. 'The unit had revenue of $18.9 billion for 2023, down 31% from $63.05 billion the year before.' From the report: Intel shares were down 4.3% after the documents were filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). During a presentation for investors, Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger said that 2024 would be the year of worst operating losses for the company's chipmaking business and that it expects to break even on an operating basis by about 2027. Gelsinger said the foundry business was weighed down by bad decisions, including one years ago against using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) machines from Dutch firm ASML. While those machines can cost more than $150 million, they are more cost-effective than earlier chip making tools.

Partially as a result of the missteps, Intel has outsourced about 30% of the total number of wafers to external contract manufacturers such as TSMC, Gelsinger said. It aims to bring that number down to roughly 20%. Intel has now switched over to using EUV tools, which will cover more and more production needs as older machines are phased out. 'In the post EUV era, we see that we're very competitive now on price, performance (and) back to leadership,' Gelsinger said. 'And in the pre-EUV era we carried a lot of costs and (were) uncompetitive.'

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