The one big black mark? Intel's communications business, which reported an operating loss of $1 billion on revenue of just $1 million. Ouch. Intel executives say they still sell many of its communications products at a loss. However, its "Sofia" mobile chip with an integrated 3G radio is in validation testing within Intel's labs, and will be out before the end of the year, executives said. A version with integrated LTE is still on track for next year.
Why this matters: As Intel moves into the holiday season, there's every reason to believe that sales will be strong--in part, you can imagine, due to Intel's first shipments of its Broadwell-class "Core M" processors. The other news is that as Intel grabs share in the notebook space, prices continue to fall. That's good news for technology consumers like you and me, regardless of which manufacturer builds the chips.
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