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The chip giant is seeking to counter the growing popularlity of tablets and smartphones for mobile computing.
Transistors are at the center of the digital universe. New tri-gate transistors revealed on Wednesday by Intel will be in full production this year and appear in computers in 2012.
Financial reports and revenue forecasts for the four high-tech giants suggest that corporate upgrades and investments are gaining steam.
The chip giant also introduces processors designed to enable development of fanless, cooler and quieter devices.
The deal is the latest example of consolidation among big players in the technology world as trends such as the explosion in smartphones have shaken up the competitive landscape. Longtime foes have joined forces while friendships have frayed as the boundaries between companies' business lines have blurred.
Companies, many of which froze their technology budgets during the Great Recession, are buying new servers for their data centers and PCs for their workers as their business prospects have brightened.
Applied Materials Inc., one of the world's biggest makers of equipment for manufacturing computer chips, more than tripled its net income in the latest quarter and topped Wall Street's forecasts as semiconductor companies poured more money into upgrading their factories, despite wobbliness in the personal computer demand.